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!
Living for the City
Back to Louisiana
Maybe You Should
In the Ghetto
*Cold Baloney tag
Minute by Minute
What’s Right Is Right
*Summertime in England, Tupelo Honey
*Thank You for Letting Me Be Myself Again
*Grits Ain’t Groceries
Seven Mile Breakdown
*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