And I forgot to rate the stars: at least four.
A few notes (and later I may turn this into a full-fledged review): i got there late (missing Leon Russell), and there were what seemed to be droves of people leaving early. Ominously, some were middle-aged types, who should have been bound by enough generational loyalty to stick around. I asked one guy (younger, in his late '30s): Why are you leaving. He said, "He's awful!"
Now, in truth, Dylan's voice, fltering through the muggy summer air before I got into the arena to see the man, was a croak. But, hey, he's been croaking for a decade or more. What were these folks expecting? Frank Freaking Sinatra croaked for his last decade. To use a tired word that applies to both cases: Authenticity. It was still there.
When I got into my place in the cheap seats, Dylan was wearing that wide-brimmed Mexican hat playing keyboards, jamming with a solid group of instrumentalists. Fact: his keyboards are adequate, his harmonica (which came in on the classics, especially) superb. (His guitar playing has always been far better than most people realized.)
I don't know where all those early dropouts came from; the seats were still filled to overflowing when I got there, and they stayed that way. And the gods rewarded the faithful. Let me put it this way: The last four songs played were: Ballad of a Thin Man; Like a Rolling Stone. All Along the Watchtower. Blowin' in the Wind. (The last three were the encore, called for by an enormous roar.) I'd have paid my $44 just for those.
The audience sang the chorus with Dylan throughout Like a Rolling Stone. It was Holy Communion. I was fascinated by a 20ish couple a few rows down doing exuberant rave moves as everybody got up and stood. Bob's voice even got better. Believe me, it was clear and resonant where it needed to be.
There was, undeniably, this: all those vintage revolutionary lyrics by that weathered old warrior were sung against the backdrop of a social reality that made them seem ironic in this Tea Party age. In that sense, Dylan himself seemed to be playing the role of Mr. Jones. Sad. But still a glorious effort and a good night.
Wow, anything but exspected. You never know what you will get from this legendary preformer. That's what keeps us guessing and him in demand.
He was really good. Really, really good.
FUCCK YEAH DEAD TWIN IS THE SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Awesome band, best I've heard in a while
Mr. Davis, many thanks for the heads-up! I will most certainly visit this exhibit; very much looking forward to seeing these photographs!
We had the oppurtunity to witness Joe & his greatness in our family's home. He was truely a sweet, genuine man. Who's tribute, admiration, & love for the King was incredible & unforgettable!! His wife Kim & daughter were also very lovely people. He performed & told stories of Elvis & Memphis in front of at least twenty children. In fact, his finale performance was American Trilogy. Prior to performing, he stressed the importance of responsibility, honor, being true to one's self, etc. Everyone was tuned in & received his message followed by his tribute finale in Awe!! Our little girl, loved loved loved him. This little five year old can't wait to see him again! She still has her scarves on this morning... ROCK ON Joe Kent!!!
I think that Curtis Givens is gettin over on people cause all you gettin is alot people standing around looking at one another,know good entertanment people you see every where you go.If you want a ALL WHITE PARTY CHECK OUT YO GOTTI PARTY.
I saw Joe June 17 at Rock and Roll Cafe---another terrific show as always. He is fabulous and I make sure I go to his show when I'm in Memphis.
Er, we're called Galaxicon. But yes, go to this!
Its actually an eclectic blend of rock, blues, alt-country, jazz, reggae, funk, soul and Madison Avenue cobblestone heartache all rolled into a ball and thrown at you with aplomb, pomp, and a WHOLE LOTTA LOVE!
A very nice show. Stephanie is a talented artist.
$10 general admission, $15 for VIP seats!
For VIP seats, call Sally the Great at 901-674-0349 to reserve ahead of time!!
This will be a funfilled event. Lots of fun, great music, and nice atmosphere.
Show Starts at 7:30 PM, Doors at 7:00 PM
So what is the real start time for this, 6:45 pm or 7:30 pm?
Shouldn't that be "Old Farts on the Block"?
I had heard about this place and my boyfriend and I decided to check it out on a Tuesday night. They have a steak special that is $6.95 for ribeye, potatoe, salad and toast and it taste great. Tuesday is also open mic night and we always have a blast with that. The people are great and the vibe is welcoming. I recommend it to everyone. Oh yeah and you can't beat the $6.50 beer pitchers.
My wife & I have seen Joe's show more than a dozen times & every show has been great.
We have visited Graceland every year since 2001 & have made sure we see Joe at least twice each time we have been there.We always get up & dance during the show & Joe has always encouraged us to do this in fact he often says are you guys ready to go again later in the show & gets us up again.
As pensioners in our Sixties & Seventies we still enjoy Rock"N Rolling & where better to do so than in Memphis at Graceland.We hope Joe keeps up the good work as we will be there again this August. We wish him all the best from Australia & good on him
By Frank Murtaugh
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