With the gruop's breezy melodies, stonewashed jeans and Kenny G-type saxophone solos, the Edwin McCain Band gave a performance that any lover of Dawson's Creek and Doc Martens would relish Saturday night at the Bijou Theatre.
That being said, the group is comprised of five talented, seasoned musicians who effortlessly proved they have been playing together for an extended period of time.
McCain kicked off the concert with his sappy "Walk With You," a song reminiscent of Bob Carlisle's "Butterfly Kisses," that he wrote about walking his daughter down the aisle some day in the future.
"Everyone thinks I sit around writing wedding songs ... and I do," laughed McCain.
After the uncomfortably sentimental opener, the concert quickly picked up momentum with McCain's more up-tempo "Shooting Stars," and "Gramercy Park Hotel," in which saxophone player Craig Shields featured his proficient abilities on five different types of saxophones.
"Saxophones are sexy," McCain said. "Just say the word 'saxophone' and the temperature rises 5 degrees."
Nearing the middle of the concert, McCain satiated his fans with competent performances of his two most famous songs "I Could Not Ask for More" and "I'll Be," receiving a standing ovation for both.
"OK, I played them. You guys are welcome to leave now. I swear I won't be offended," McCain candidly joked.
Staying seated, however, the audience enjoyed five more songs, all similar in tone and tempo that, while decently enjoyable, were not memorable or particularly distinguishable from each other.
Oddly, McCain didn't divulge any information on his writing process or the background of his songs. Instead, with a quick wit and charm, he kept the audience laughing in between numbers as he relayed the humor of his offstage, domestic lifestyle.
"Every time my wife gets mad at me, I just go on tour," McCain joked. "When I get back, she's forgotten why she was mad in the first place."
McCain ended the show with covers of Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry," and Earth, Wind & Fire's "Let's Groove," which brought the audience members to their feet, while some even danced in the aisles.
"Shows like this are definitely worth paying the twenty bucks," Alex Reynolds, long time fan of the band, said. "The talent is through the roof."
Touring for 23 years, the Edwin McCain Band is a group of competent, talented and decently entertaining musicians with a solid following of dedicated fans, most knowing every word to each song played.
However, the concert flowed almost too smoothly at times, lending itself to the monotonous.
McCain's two No. 1 hits, "I'll Be" and "I Could Not Ask for More," carried the show, while breezy 90s soft rock refrains and quick interludes of domestic humor filled in the remainder.
While not a life changer, Edwin McCain's relaxing vibe made for a good evening.