Monday, July 16, 2012

Musicians On Tour - Dukes of September

After hearing Boz Skaggs, Donald Fagen (of Steely Dan), and Michael McDonald (of the Doobie Brothers) Saturday night I have to recommend, if their Dukes of September Rhythm Revue tour comes through your town, that you rush out to buy tickets!

The music was a mix of covers of great songs by others and, as Mr. Fagen put it, "works of our own composition."  Terrific stuff!  Plenty of favorites for fans, while mixing in songs like "I heard it through the grapevine" and "Break another little piece of my heart" kept the song list unpredictable.  The musicianship was amazing: terrific instrumentals (I tend to dread drum solos, let me confess) while the backup singers (Carolyn Escoffery and Catherine Russell) sang highlights of the evening.  Everyone got the spotlight, but the headliners were in very fine form.  A wonderful concert!  (Dallas Morning News review HERE.)

Go hear 'em.

And - a side-note from the set designer viewpoint - they also had a great lighting designer and board op.  But the Verizon theater venue needs to replace a few light bulbs at the house left wall for the pre-show look; try to live up to the performance, huh?

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