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Boogie Down the Boulevard: Taylor Hicks in Las Vegas

by Louise Uznanski and Holley Dey

After a hard-driving, foot stomping performance of “Country Living”, the bandleader claimed he was feeling it……in his hamstrings.  Friday night’s show at The Indigo was a high energy romp that built in intensity throughout the evening.  His gritty vocals, searing harmonica play and heel raising dance were just contained by the venue’s small stage.  Taylor Hicks was a 5-hour energy drink, condensed and concentrated into a two hour show.

As billed, the set list was comprised of both original and cover songs. Highlights included “Maybe You Should”, a country ballad that was delivered with a tender touch, a “grooved out” version of “In the Ghetto” that was introduced with a saxophone solo, and two rockin’ country tunes – “Country Living” and “Seven Mile Breakdown”. “Nineteen”, a tribute to United States servicemen and women, drew a standing ovation from the audience.

After only a month on stage together, the band played as a cohesive unit, responding quickly to subtle signals from the bandleader. Solos by Brian Gallagher on saxophone, Jamie McLean on guitar, Brian Less on keys/organ and Joe Bergeron on triangle (yes, the triangle!) were well received and warmly applauded by the crowd.

Throughout the set, Hicks recognized his musical influences by including brief segments of classic songs by Bruce Hornsby, Jackson Browne, Bill Withers, Van Morrison, Stephen Bishop and Wet Willie within the context of his own original music. He also remembered the recently passed Sherman Helmsley by singing a snippet of “Movin on Up” from the hit television sitcom The Jeffersons.

Taylor Hicks also appears to be moving up and forward with his headlining Sin City show. Drawing consistent, enthusiastic reviews from attendees, the show is rumored to be headed for an extension. Viva Las Vegas!

Set list:

Living for the City
The Deal
Back to Louisiana
Maybe You Should
In the Ghetto
*Cold Baloney tag
Country Living
Minute by Minute
Nineteen
What’s Right Is Right
Tags:
*Summertime in England, Tupelo Honey
*Thank You for Letting Me Be Myself Again
*Grits Ain’t Groceries
That’s Life
Seven Mile Breakdown
*Chickin’ Pickin’
*Running on Empty
*Movin’ on Up
Viva Las Vegas

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That’s not all! To view more photos of Taylor Hicks and band at The Indigo, click on the gallery link.
Las Vegas 7/27 Gallery

30 Comments Post a comment
  1. Gr8fulheart #

    There are times I feel as if I’m being punished in not being able to attend at least one of these shows. But~thanx to a dear friend who was able to attend; I had a nice surprise waiting in my mailbox recently. What a blessing that was. No need to say ‘enjoy’; since it’s a given. Thanx for these wonderful updates♥

    July 31, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks so much!. I am so glad your friend treated you. I know it is not possible for all to go but that is what is special about the soul patrol. We like to share Taylor.

      July 31, 2012
  2. Lee #

    Thank you for the amazing album. Awesome shots of a great performer and his band.

    July 31, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you, Lee. He is fantastic and with this band he is even better.

      July 31, 2012
  3. As always, I’m delighted to see the photos and blogs produced by NJGirl4Tay and her better half Mac. Thanks so much from a long time fan who is stuck home with leg in a cast for 6-8 weeks. Hoping for an extension so I can enjoy some of the good time.

    July 31, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Sorry to hear you are not able to get around Julie. Hope you mend fast! I am hoping for an extension too not just for Taylor but for fans who could not make the 2 month window of shows.

      July 31, 2012
  4. Laurie #

    I’m a huge fan of Louise’s skills…and since I am unable to make it to Vegas…I feel as though I am attending through her gorgeous pictures. Thank you for the recap and the wonderful, breath-taking photos! Laurie

    July 31, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you, Laurie. Glad you enjoyed and there will be more. As long as I can get to a show and carry a camera I am grateful and happy to be able to do it. Taylor is so photogenic it really is a burden!!

      July 31, 2012
  5. Linda T #

    Oh man…….I’m pretty much speechless! But not too speechless to say thank you!!!! For those of us that can’t go (myself included), these kinds of recaps and photos are the best gift of all.

    July 31, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Linda, thank you so much. Glad and grateful to be able to go and share. It was an adventure!

      July 31, 2012
  6. D McKay #

    Went to the show in July – had a fantastic time – he is an entertainer that’s for sure… Plan to go again next week – had a gret time..

    July 31, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Glad you had a great time in Vegas. We hope you will let us know how the shows are. LIke we don’t know already!!!

      July 31, 2012
  7. A nice pictorial of the man and his musicians……….thanks for taking us along

    July 31, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      You’re welcome, cath, and thank you for reading and commenting. The musicians on that stage really put out a great sound. Thanks again.

      July 31, 2012
  8. J. #

    Love the blog and the gorgeous pics. His show in Vegas is so so good. If he extends we’re going to have to figure out a way to get back there. : )

    July 31, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, J. Our pleasure. The shows are so good and so different. If he extends and you can go, I hope you have a great trip and please tell us all about it.

      July 31, 2012
  9. Judy Morton #

    Loving your recap and fabulous photos!! You certainly have a way with you camera. Glad you found the lighting doable. Thank you so much for sharing!!! Off to get Dave to come take a look.

    July 31, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you, Judy, for reading and commenting. The light was good on Friday; not as good on Saturday. Thanks for your help before the show. You helped a lot! Would be interested in Dave’s comments if he cares to share any. Thank you again.

      July 31, 2012
  10. Jenni Jac #

    Very nice! You did not disappoint with the recap. Louise, I’m glad you were allowed to bring your pro camera in. This first Vegas stint needs to be documented! I say first Vegas stint because it is looking more and more that there will be additional shows added 🙂

    July 31, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      So glad you liked it, Jenni. Had no trouble bringing in the camera but they were all very suspicious of anyone taking video and using flash. It was a tight ship that way but cameras are welcome. I’m sure many are disappointed in not being able to video but photos will have to do and that’s what I love to do so it all works out. Thanks again.

      July 31, 2012
  11. Boy did this bring back memories!! Thanks for the recap and the wonderful photographs. 🙂

    August 1, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, Tish. It is a great experience thanks to Taylor and his stellar band.

      August 1, 2012
  12. Your pics and recaps are what I always look forward too. Always spot on and the the pics are fantastic! THANK YOU! 🙂

    August 1, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, Linda! It was great to see you and to share the music and Las Vegas experience with you. Great shows!

      August 1, 2012
  13. jonibug #

    I’m still in a “4 show fog” so will look at the rest of the pictures in due time….but you are the reason I hardly bother with my camera anymore at a show and I’m eternally grateful to you all! Sorry the lighting wasn’t as good Saturday, but enjoyed seeing you and sitting with you (sort of)!

    August 1, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you Joanie! The lighting was better Friday but it may have been that we switched sides. It’s all good! So glad to see you and share the Taylor experience again, this time in Vegas. We could have squished 4 more at that table, no? Thanks again!

      August 2, 2012
  14. Pattiebelle #

    Louise & Holley, so glad you guys went to the show, your pics are always worth the wait!!! My plans got way laid, but news of this extension gives me new hope!!! Thanks so much for your efforts!!!

    August 1, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, Pattie. I hope you get to go to Vegas. You are going to love it! Thanks for reading and commenting. So lucky to be able to go and be allowed to use a camera in the venue.

      August 2, 2012
  15. Great Job! Love hearing you had a great time!

    August 2, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks Claire. It was a wonderful whirlwind and we had a great time seeing Taylor and the new adventure!

      August 2, 2012

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