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Zac is back: Band takes Ice Bucket Challenge, ready to heat up stage

Zac is back: Band takes Ice Bucket Challenge, ready to heat up stage

Fresh from a chilly Ice Bucket Challenge, the Zac Brown Band expects a hot night on Sunday, when the
Zac is back: Band takes Ice Bucket Challenge, ready to heat up stage
Zac Brown performs during the CMA Music Festivalon June 8 in Nashville.
Photographer: The Associated Press

The Zac Brown Band doesn’t mind ice-cold nights.

The big country, big folk band from the Big South got the big chill last weekend, sitting in a row to accept the Internet-popular Ice Bucket Challenge to Strike Out ALS.

Zac and the boys — Chris Fryar, Clay Cook, Coy Bowles, Daniel de los Reyes, Jimmy DeMartini, John Driskell Hopkins and Matt Mangano — received a double dousing. A fire department pumper truck delivered the first shower. Three bucket loaders then dumped ice cold agua on the shivering, laughing musicians.

The guys expect a hot night on Sunday, when they play the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The three-time Grammy-award winning outfit is currently on its “Great American Road Trip” tour, and the ZBB is pleasing fans with its 11 Number One hit singles, taken from platinum-selling albums “Uncaged,” “You Get What You Give” and “The Foundation.”

Curtain is 7 p.m.

People will show up — in 2013, the band performed for more than 1.3 million fans. The current tour has included a two-night stand at Boston’s Fenway Park without any opening acts — a feat accomplished by only four other bands: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band; Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band; The Police; and The Rolling Stones.

Zac Brown Band

WHERE: Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs

WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday

HOW MUCH: $29.50, lawn; inside $39.50 and $69.50 (plus service fees)

MORE INFO: 584-9330,

Fans with the Brown hot ticket can also expect to hear selections from the band’s latest album, “The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1.”

Zac facts

Zac facts are right here:

-- The band’s Ice Bucket Challenge came from Hunter Hayes and Vineyard Vines. In return, the guys challenged Jimmy Buffett, Foo Fighters, Bob Lefsetz and Garth Brooks. Video of the ZBB ice-down throw-down can be found on the band’s Web site.

-- The band recently joined the Doobie Brothers to re-record the Doobies’ 1970s hit “Black Water” for the Doobies’ upcoming album “Southbound,” in which old favorites have been recorded with some of country’s biggest stars.

-- On June 27, Doobie Brothers Patrick Simmons, Tom Johnston and John McFee joined the ZBB for “Black Water” on stage at Fenway Park.

-- As a 13-year-old, ZBB guitarist Coy Bowles was in a kid band called “Betty Doom.” As an adult, Bowles has written a children’s book — “Amy Giggles — Laugh Out Loud” and designed a fedora hat called the “Troubadour.”

-- In 2003, Brown started his own record label, now called Southern Ground.

-- Multi-instrumentalist John Driskell Hopkins graduated from Florida State University in 1993 with a degree in general theatre. At FSU, Hopkins played in a band called “The Woodpeckers.”

-- Drummer and percussionist Daniel de los Reyes’ father, Walfredo de los Reyes III, became one of Cuba’s most famous drummers-percussionists and has played with musicians such as Josephine Baker, Paul Anka, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett and Debbie Reynolds, among others. Walfredo is still performing.

-- Guitarist Clay Cook has co-written several songs with Grammy-winner John Mayer and is a former member of the Marshall Tucker Band.

-- In 2004, Brown and his father opened a music club and restaurant called “Zac’s Place” in the Lake Oconee section of Georgia. Southern-style cooking was the chief fare.

-- The band is running a cool contest — one fan will win a signed suitcase filled with musicians’ souvenirs from a summer on the road.

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