A Night of Classic Rock: STYX and Edwin McCain Rock the Pompano Beach Amphitheater

Pompano Beach, Fl – On a crisp January 7th evening, the Pompano Beach Amphitheater becomes a haven for classic rock enthusiasts as the legendary STYX takes the stage, supported by the soulful sounds of Edwin McCain opening the show. The night promises a journey through decades of rock history, and both bands deliver an unforgettable performance that leaves the sold out audience in awe.

Edwin McCain, known for his heartfelt and soul-stirring ballads, kicks off the evening. Against the backdrop of the Pompano Beach night, McCain’s acoustic melodies and raspy vocals, accompanied by his talented rhythm section, create an intimate and warm atmosphere. McCain’s band features Jason Pomar (Bass), Larry Chaney (Guitar), Tez Sherard (Drums) and Craig Shields (Sax and Keyboards).  Hits “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask for More” resonate throughout the amphitheater, setting the stage for a night of musical excellence. McCain’s interaction with the crowd and his genuine passion for the music leaves a lasting impression, making him a solid choice as the precursor to the headlining act, Styx.

As the sun falls beyond the horizon, the temperature drops and anticipation reaches its peak for the main event, Styx. The iconic rock band, with their catalog of timeless hits, ignites the stage with an energy that transcends time. Opening with “To Those” off of their 2021 release and 17th album, Crash of the Crown.  Styx tears through and endless list of classics like “Grand Illusion” and “Too Much Time on My Hands“.  Styx immediately transports the audience back to the glory days of rock ‘n roll. The blend of Tommy Shaw’s and James “J.Y.” Young’s guitar prowess, coupled with the vocal harmonies that define Styx, creates an electrifying experiencex

The setlist is a journey through the band’s extensive discography, including fan favorites like “Come Sail Away,”, “Blue Collar Man,” “Renegade,” and “Mr. Roboto.” The intricate light show and visual effects add a stunning visual dimension to the performance, enhancing the sonic journey. The band’s connection with the audience is palpable, with fans of all ages singing along and swaying to the music often given the opportunity to participate in the chorus of some of the Styx’s most iconic songs. Styx Florida shows are often special as they will typically include performances by former and original Styx member, Chuck Panozzo. This evening is no exception.

On this evening, the Styx band members are Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James “JY” Young (vocals, guitars), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums), Ricky Phillips (bass), guest appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo and the newest band member, Will Evankovich (mandolin, guitars).

The Pompano Beach Amphitheater, with its open-air setting, provides an ideal backdrop for the night’s festivities. Despite the cool January night, the venue’s atmosphere is electric, with the crowd’s collective enthusiasm generating a warmth that defies the weather. The sound quality is exceptional, allowing every instrument and lyric to resonate with clarity.

At each tour stop, Rock to the Rescue, spearheaded by Tommy Shaw’s daughter, sells tickets for a drawing to win a signed Styx guitar at the show. A local charitable organization is selected to receive proceeds from the sale of the raffle tickets.  Rock to the Rescue was founded on the principle that our communities are stronger when we work together in mutual aid.  Rock to the Rescue is building initiatives in the areas of music education, health and well-being, disaster relief and aid, and animal welfare and rescue. Rock to the Rescue originally started in 2001 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is the brainchild of Styx singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw and REO Speedwagon singer/keyboardist/guitarist Kevin Cronin

The Styx concert at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater on January 7, 2024, is a masterclass in classic rock performance. Edwin McCain set the stage with his soulful tunes, and Styx, true to their legacy, delivers a powerhouse show that showcases why they remain icons of the genre. As the final chords echo through the amphitheater, the sold out crowd leaves with hearts full of nostalgia and a renewed appreciation for the enduring magic of classic rock.



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  1. To Those
  2. Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)
  3. The Grand Illusion
  4. Lady
  5. Light Up
  6. Crash of the Crown
  7. Lorelei
  8. Miss America
  9. Crystal Ball
  10. Rockin’ the Paradise
  11. Our Wonderful Lives
  12. Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
  13. Too Much Time on My Hands
  14. Khedive
  15. Lost at Sea
  16. Come Sail AwayEncore:
  17. Mr. Roboto
  18. Renegade

Show Date: January 7, 2024

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Ivan Romero
Ivan Romero is based in South Florida. He has a passion for music and photography. His musical background goes back decades from managing a retail record shop through several years in local radio and also as a club DJ during the rebirth of the South Beach club scene. Ivan covers live events from Central Florida to South Florida having worked with one of the largest concert sound and lighting companies. His photos were published in Front of House (FOH) magazine. Ivan also covers corporate events throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. He has a keen eye for shots with an ability to capture the emotion of the moment. Ivan also has a strong belief in community service and often provides his talent with local schools to capture their performance events for drama, choir and others.