The Summerland Tour rolled through Fort McDowell Casino in Arizona last Saturday. The 2016 edition included founder Art Alexakis and Everclear, as well as Summerland alumni Sponge, Lit, and Sugar Ray. As nostalgia continues to run wild all over the United States, tours like Summerland bring us back to a time before iPhones and Keurigs, when the music was fun and had meaning. The crowd braved the triple digit heat index for this show, wearing their allegiance to the ’90s on their sleeves (literally). You had the fans of the four acts, wearing shirts they had purchased long ago, as well as fans from the entire spectrum of the ’90s alternative scene.
Sponge opened the show just as the sun started to set, playing their hits like “Plowed” and “Molly (16 Candles Down The Drain).” Next was Lit, who performed fan favorites like “My Own Worst Enemy,” “Miserable,” and “Zip-Lock.” During their 35-minute set, Lit showed no signs of slowing down. Everclear came out on stage after an introduction from Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath. He mentioned that Art called him to head the 2016 version of the Summerland Tour about a few months back to which he replied, “Just send me the itinerary.”
Everclear played all of their hits including set opener “So Much for the Afterglow,” “I Will Buy You A New Life,” and “Father of Mine.” The band also brought out Sponge singer Vinnie Dombroski for “Santa Monica.” Sugar Ray headlined the event playing songs from their albums Floored and 14:59. They also covered EMF’s “Unbelievable” and The Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop,” to the delight of the crowd.
Art and Everclear have been doing Summerland for five years now and it doesn’t look like the tour is going to be ending anytime soon.