Gin Blossoms at The Coach House – Concert Review

Being an alternative rock fan, I was eagerly anticipating the Gin Blossoms concert last Thurs., Sept. 26th at The Coach House. I always loved their hit song, “Till I Hear It From You,” from the movie soundtrack of Empire Records. Upon seeing them, the chemistry and high-octane energy between the band members was intense. Robin Wilson, the lead vocalist, looked fresh and sharp dressed in an all black outfit. Wilson was playing his trademark tambourine and his voice is still in top form after almost 20 years since I bought Gin Blossom’s CD.

The concert started at 9:30 after two opening acts. Robin, known for getting people out of their chairs, passed along his tambourines to shake along with him. He really has a way of connecting with the audience whether smiling at your camera, giving high fives with his fans or giving the mike to the audience to sing along with them. Drummer, Scott Hessel, is just the perfect fit for Gin Blossoms genre. His dynamic control and feel of the drums made the songs more appealing to listen to. Jesse Valenzuela, an original member of the band had a calming positive energy on stage. Scott “Scotty” Johnson showcased his guitar riffs prowess and Christopher Serafini completed the ensemble with strong stage presence and sense of rhythm. Overall, it was absolutely fantastic.

In the first half of the show, they sang their new songs. Towards the half point of the show, they played all their hits- “Hey Jealousy,” “Follow You Down,” “Found Out About You,” “As Long As It Matters,” “Allison Road,” etc. The band transitioned seamlessly from song to song and the crowd engaged with the bands nostalgic hit songs.   After the show, Robin Wilson spent time meeting fans. I was absolutely ecstatic to talk to him. I told him that I’ve seen his videos on Youtube of his concert in Manila and mentioned to him that they are very popular there. And he replied, “We are having a concert in Manila at the Araneta Coliseum in three weeks.” He got his mobile phone, went to his calendar and showed us the date October 21. He added, “So buy your tickets and start booking your airfare.”  I’ve been to a lot of concerts and “meet and greets” but Robin Wilson is the most down to earth performer I’ve ever met.   If you have not seen Gin Blossoms played live, I highly recommend them. We had a great time. They continue to provide awesome performances and I am sure to see them again next year.


Gin Blossoms @ginblossoms
Scott Hessel, drummer @scotthessel
Jesse Valenzuela, guitarist @JesseoftheGB
Christopher Serafini, bass player @THEserafini

Special thanks to OCConcertguide, Stefanee Freedman and The Coach House

Gin Blossoms at The Coach House

Robin Wilson, front man of Gin Blossoms

Gin Blossoms at The Coach House

Robin Wilson

Robin Wilson, vocalist of Gin Blossoms and Scott Hessel, drummer

Gin Blossoms

Robin Wilson with his signature tambourine

Gin Blossoms

Robin Wilson, Christopher Serafini and Scott “Scotty” Johnson

Jesse Valenzuela, Robin Wilson, Scott Hessel, Christopher Serafino

Gin Blossoms

Gin Blossoms rocked The Coach House

Robin Wilson of Gin Blossoms

Robin Wilson of Gin Blossoms. at The Coach House

Robin Wilson of Gin Blossoms with Ruchel Freibrun, pop culture blogger


  1. Marites C says:

    <3! Had a fantastic time with you! Thanks for an awesome show, Gin Blossoms! So thrilled to meet you, Robin Wilson!

  2. Great article! Wow! Brings back great momories!

  3. I was on vacation & missed this show but your review made me feel like a little part of me was actually there. I love the Gin Blossoms and you hit the nail on the head with Robin because he rocks!!!

  4. I was on vacation & missed this concert but your review made me feel like a little part of me was actually there. I love the Gin Blossoms & you hit the nail on the head about Robin. What a great guy!!!

  5. Thx OZgirlie

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