Creedence Clearwater Revisited stormed into the Laredo Energy Arena to bring a taste of southern inspired rock to fans that showed up to support a good cause. The 6th Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser event, hosted by the South Texas Food Bank (STFB), was a time to reflect on the struggles of those in our community that benefit from the food bank, as well as to thank those who have supported the organization since its inception in 1989. Ann Galo, part of the board of directors, took the opportunity to thank and honor H-E-B as a partner that has supported the STFB “since day one.”
The fundraiser main showcases were uniquely designed bowls and art showing the different flavors of Laredo Culture made by local artists. The auction was an array of art that was part surreal art, part Aztec history, and part Americana with a blend of vaquero life. A part of the showcase had hand painted bowls with the logos of local franchise teams signed by the respective players. The audience was welcomed to check out the art and bowls for auction and bid on the pieces with the proceeds benefiting the food bank.
At 8:00pm, Creedence Clearwater Revisited took the stage and began the show with “Born on the Bayou,” setting the tone for the rest of the evening. The band shifted their set list between folksy, mellow hits like “Proud Mary” to the more fast paced “Up Around the Bend.” Creedence Clearwater Revisited brought out a supportive crowd that grew up with their late 60’s, swamp rock hits; fans were excited to experience the era again thought the sounds of the band, formerly, Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Despite only having two musicians from the original lineup, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford, fans cheered louder and louder after each song. Vocalist, John Tristao, kept the spirit of the original lineup alive with a strong vocal performance that sounded too familiar to fans. Most of the audience continued to trickle in throughout the evening, holding true to the adage about Laredoans and showing up on time. Creedence Clearwater’s victory of the night truly lied in its success in drawing in new fans that couldn’t help but tap their feet to the music and air drum. Moreover, they enlightened the average rock fan of the long list of hits under their belt beyond their classics “Have You Evyer Seen It Rain?” and “Fortunate Son.” The Empty Bowls fundraising event gave us a reason to support events that help answer the need in our community, and Creedence Clearwater Revisited left us wanting for the next classic rock act to come to the Gateway City.
Photography: Eduardo González
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