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the van hunt performance.

Check it. A couple of people had reviews and opinions about Van Hunt. Since he's in our town and had also done quite a bit of session work, I copped the album and loved it. Of course, me doing a review of Van Hunt would be a duplicitous effort, since there had already been reviews of it that I agreed with on all fronts. However, since some of the live performing reviews were a bit different, I was very curious. I expected this to be a very good live performance - I wasn't expecting vocal prowess or choirs or orchestras - just some good old fashion funk, soul and rock.

That's exactly what I got.

While walking around the second floor of Smith's Olde Bar, I saw Van Hunt and introduced myself. Since I don't really get to meet very many performers, I thought that I would give the album props, let him know that the reason I'm there is for him and only him, and as soon as he was done, we would jet. After chuckles from the entourage, he let me know that he would be the second performer on stage. I mentioned that I had my camera, that I would be taking pictures, shook hands and left. Ten minutes later, Van Hunt's brother stops by and gives me a pound and email addresses for sending them photos of the band's performance to them. I am by no means a photographer, so I was in for a challenge. After the first session with Candy From Strangers, I made my way to the front, managing to take some pretty good photos.

The concert was what I expected it to be - a concert that allowed the people to jam and appreciate the artist and his vision. I would have loved to have heard Out of The Sky, since his guitarist and keyboardists provided very good background vocals and had a lot of funk to kick out to us but the cuts performed were more than ample. Showing us he can kick the ballistics with Hello Goodbye, Down Here In Hell, and Seconds of Pleasure, he also graced us with Highlights, Precious, Hold My Hand, Anything and Dust. Mid-set, he graced us with the highlights Got To Get You Into My Life, the Earth Wind and Fire cut sans the horns, and an all-too-short rendition of The Ohio Players Sweet Sticky Thing.

For sure, if you're expecting people with vocal prowess, choreographed moves, or a backing choir, you'll be dissapointed. For down-home grooves, savvy band members, and feel-good vibes, check him out. You should already have the CD. Don't sleep.

* Selected cuts on the new Radio Blog under Moonrays...or right here for those who are first-timers.

March 14, 2004 in Music | Permalink


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Tracked on Apr 6, 2004 8:07:46 AM


awww, I am finally re-listening and am really, really disappointed that the cover of "Got to get you into my life" is NOT on here. I'd love to hear that...

Posted by: gwen at Apr 7, 2004 12:51:17 AM

I just saw him tonight in Detroit. It was a great performance and proved that he is here to stay. I hope him the best and that he gets the platinum record sales.

Posted by: Charice at May 9, 2004 2:51:53 AM