SugarSmashGin: Back to the ’90s in One Night

Sugar Ray came in second. I literally swooned when I saw Mark McGrath on stage and Bijan even caught me while I made the swoons, haha. I couldn’t help it; McGrath was my crush when I was in elementary and high school. Anyway, they really pulled of a great show last night. The people were already pumped from Smash Mouth’s performance so everyone was already standing when Sugar Ray played.

Only Mark McGrath and guitarist Rodney Sheppard are the only original members who are still in the band. Drummer Jesse Bovina and bassist Justin Bovina, who are apparently identical twins, are their new members.

They played almost every song that I wanted to hear from them: “Someday,” “Answer the Phone,” “When It’s Over,” “Every Morning,” “Falls Apart,” and “Fly.” After playing “Mean Machine” from their 1995 album Lemonade and Brownies, Sugar Ray also did a cover of “Blitzkrieg Bop” by The Ramones.

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Twins Jesse Bivona on drums and Justin Bivona on bass, Sugar Ray | SugarSmashGin

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Mark McGrath, Sugar Ray frontman | SugarSmashGin

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Double Trouble: Jesse and Justin Bovina, Sugar Ray | SugarSmashGin

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Mark McGrath and his four-leaf clover guitar, Sugar Ray | SugarSmashGin

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Rodney Sheppard, Sugar Ray guitarist | SugarSmashGin

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Mark McGrath, Sugar Ray | SugarSmashGin

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Justin and his black and white ensemble, Sugar Ray | SugarSmashGin

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Mark and his wayfarers, Sugar Ray | SugarSmashGin

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Sugar Ray from afar | SugarSmashGin

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The other side of Sugar Ray | SugarSmashGin

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Mark his tattoo-studded arms, Sugar Ray | SugarSmashGin

It was also hella funny when Mark McGrath called two gentleman from the audience so they could do this “Sugar Ray Karaoke” thing. He asked them to sing/dance to a couple of pop songs (one was Gangnam Style, the other one I have no idea what the title was) and whoever gets the loudest cheer gets Mark’s “cool dude” approval. Both of them got free shirts anyway. What can I say? The man really knew how to get the show hyped up until their very last song of the night.

SugarSmashGin: Back to the ’90s in One Night

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