Reviews: Beyoncé/Jay-Z, Zac Brown Band, Yo-Yo Ma & More

This week, for your reading enjoyment, we have compiled critical reviews of live performances by Beyoncé / Jay-Z in East Rutherford, N.J.; Zac Brown Band in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Yo-Yo Ma in Morrison, Colo.; The Smashing Pumpkins in Duluth, Ga.; Dylan Scott in Albert Lea, Minn.; Steve Miller Band / Peter Frampton at Pinewood Bowl in Lincoln, Neb. 
Zac Brown Band
Southern Reel
– Zac Brown Band
Zac Brown Band gets down at Southern Ground Music & Food Festival.
Beyoncé / Jay-Z @ MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Aug. 2 – “Fans were anxious when officials told the audience a thunderstorm was on its way and people had to head indoors. But Beyonce and Jay-Z made up for the lag, performing back-to-back hits on a large stage that included fire blasts and fireworks during their On the Run II Tour.” – Mesfin Fekadu / The Associated Press
Zac Brown Band @ Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Aug. 2 – “Very rarely, you get the musicians who play for the fans AND other musicians, and it turns out to be a great thing. It makes for a remarkable concert. The technical name for those events is ‘A Zac Brown Band Concert.’” – Chuck Yarborough / The Cleveland Plain Dealer 
Yo-Yo Ma @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo., Aug. 1 – “Ma played all six of Bach’s unaccompanied cello suites with barely time to breathe in between. It was a music marathon, certainly for the audience, who even at classical events is never asked to sit still for so long without an intermission.” – Ray Mark Rinaldi / The Know via The Denver Post
Yo-Yo Ma
Nik Layman
– Yo-Yo Ma
Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center, Birmingham, Ala.
The Smashing Pumpkins @
Dylan Scott @ Freeborn County Fair in Albert Lea, Minn., Aug. 2 – “Scott took the stage with energy and immediately began interacting with the audience, pointing and singing to audience members, which carried on throughout the show.” – Sarah Kocher / Albert Lea Tribune
Steve Miller Band / Peter Frampton @ Pinewood Bowl in Lincoln, Neb., Aug. 2 – “Miller scattered his hits throughout his 90-minute set, pulling out ‘Take the Money and Run’ early and using ‘Fly Like an Eagle’ to set up the smash-packed run to the finish.”
“Frampton’s 85-minute opening set was highlighted by a couple of unexpected songs — a three-guitar instrumental version of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun,” the only vocals a chorus sung through the talk box, and a rumbling take on Humble Pie’s “Four Day Creep,” with keyboardist Rob Arthur handling the vocals.” – L. Kent Wolgamott / Lincoln Journal Star