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Taylor Hicks: Snoqualmie Concert ‘Preview’

Preview blog and photos by Louise Uznanski.

Taylor Hicks and his band of musicians hit the road on Wednesday morning before the wrath of the tornadoes devastated their home state of Alabama and six other states in the southeast.  Arriving at the Lincoln Theater with little time for a sound check, the theater’s staff managed to get the band on the stage to the delight of a nearly sold-out venue.  Taylor spoke about Alabama’s people and asked the audience to keep them in their prayers.  His emotional message demonstrated how hard this has hit everyone in the band and they were ready to put on a great show but the images of their home lingered in their minds that night.

More details of the Lincoln show will be published in a blog at this site later in the week.

For now, a preview of the Snoqualmie show in photos.  The venue was the best in terms of light, sound and comfort.  Nearly one thousand strong, the audience cheered for their Idol from beginning to end.  Looking at the audience,  one could see their smiling faces and hear their cheers of ‘Soul Patrol’ and ‘I love you Taylor.’ From Taylor, the audience could see a face smiling so broadly, returning their love in body language and surprising musical talent.  Bringing out some of his standards from AI5, Taylor re-introduced himself to the audience and then showed them what else he could do musically.  The harp playing and the guitar playing were new to most of the audience but the dancing and general handsomeness of the show’s star was not.  He thanked them for voting for him and giving him the opportunity to live his American dream.

In a few photos, some of the highlights of the night.  Visit back here this week for the full recap.

Hey everyone!

The stage is set~

The cowbell for CTW and a Rockband

Taylor is the Boogie!

On stage antics with Brandon Peeples

Band leader.

Red light, green light

Where's the cowbell?

20 Comments Post a comment
  1. TMW #

    As always, I love Louise’s amazing photos. He looked wonderful and so happy; feeding off the audience’s excitement. Can’t wait to see him once again in PA.

    April 30, 2011
    • Thank you. I can’t believe that in one week he’ll be on the road again and on tour. What a great two shows he did in WA. They really loved him there.

      April 30, 2011
  2. carole #

    Loved the recap and the pictures really captured our Taylor Hicks. Thanks

    April 30, 2011
    • Louise #

      Taylor has a million expressions. This has just been a few of them. He always delivers.

      April 30, 2011
  3. Tay-Dreamer #

    Even though Taylor and the band must have had heavy hearts that evening, “the show must go on” true professionals that they are. Great photos, as always, Louise. Glad to hear that the 1000 strong enjoyed Taylor.

    April 30, 2011
    • Louise #

      Taylor’s mention of the devastation in Alabama really changed the tone of the show. It made it that much more dear to see Taylor and the band perform their hearts out knowing they were heavy with worry.

      April 30, 2011
  4. tishtx #

    Seeing Taylor and his bandmates working hard to give their audience a night to remember after reading about the request for prayers for their home state has brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for the photos. I am looking forward to reading more about the concert. I know they are all back home helping with the recovery efforts and that makes me proud to be a fan.

    April 30, 2011
    • Louise #

      Your comments always get to the ‘heart’ of Taylor Hicks, tish. Thanks!

      April 30, 2011
  5. Gr8fulheart #

    I WAS THERE! And~so glad I was. Taylor looked amazing & sounded great. Loved the new shirt. His vocals were strong on every song. I couldn’t help but to see & feel his emotion in asking the crowd to pray for his beloved state of Alabama, & the people in the area, who were affected by the tornados. The situation had to have been weighing heavily on the hearts of each band member; yet they still were able to put on a magnificent show. True Professionals!
    Bless Taylor for his enormous heart in caring for others.♥

    April 30, 2011
    • Louise #

      Nice to meet you! It was a great night. What an experience in that beautiful setting to see Taylor and his band win over another large audience!

      April 30, 2011
  6. Judith Morton #

    Thank you so much Louise for sharing your photographic talent with us. Your pictures of Taylor are the best!! With so much movement, it must be a challenge and you do a fantastic job. Love them all. Taylor looked and sounded amazing and the audience responded!!

    April 30, 2011
  7. Louise #

    Thanks Judy. Glad to see you and Dave again. Taylor just can’t be contained but we do our best to capture a moment of his time. I thought Taylor looked wonderful, too. And the band was the perfect balance with Taylor’s voice. Perfection!

    April 30, 2011
  8. Great review and super pics!!Thanks!Junebug

    April 30, 2011
  9. Stunning preview and photos, Louise; thank you! The smile on Brandon’s face is priceless; it really makes the show special when the performers are enjoying the night as well.

    April 30, 2011
  10. anne #

    Thanks Louise…once again great pictures. I’m looking forward to seeing Taylor in May and all the wonderful people of the Soul Patrol!! See you then.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Alabama. So many people affected by this disaster.

    April 30, 2011
  11. Wonderful that you were able to take pictures for us all , as cameras were forbidden. Glad that exceptions were made for our vicarious enjoyment.
    I can feel the music through these photos.

    Always amazed at the vitality , energy , and abandonment that is shown by Taylor when on stage.

    May 1, 2011
  12. henry8 #

    Fantastic pics and great blog. You’ll never know how much it is appreciated by those that can’t be there.

    May 1, 2011
  13. juliegr #

    Spectacular job, Louise. It’s not easy catching the human “whirl-wind” aka Taylor Hicks in action on the stage but you and Macpolski do a fabulous job and your photos make it seem so easy. I know for a fact it isn’t! My photos just show a flash of color 😀 :D. Thanks for your efforts and for sharing the pictures with us.

    May 1, 2011
  14. Louise #

    Thanks everyone. What a show Taylor and the band put on both nights. I have several thousand photos of the whirling dervish that is Taylor from back in the days of my Kodak point and shoot. Now I track him in the viewfinder like he’s a deer in the headlights! Thanks again!

    May 1, 2011
  15. My Lady got me tickets for my birthday and we had a blast. I’ve been a fan since the first note in Vegas, but this was the first time I’ve got to see him live, although I did see him in Grease.

    I hope you don’t mind, but I used one of your photos. Great shots, BTW. If it’s a problem, just email me and let me know. I’ll take it down right away.

    May 5, 2011

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