Rod Stewart – Mohegan Sun Arena – March 24, 2018

At 73 Rod Stewart is still going strong. He treated the Mohegan Sun Arena’s sold out crowd to a high energy performance. He brought to the stage an enthusiastic young set of singers and a mix of young and older members in his 12 piece band.

Before he took the stage a local band the Mystic Highland Pipe Band wound its way through the isles with bagpipes and drums.
The opening song “Soul Finger” had a 60’s feel to it with the singers shimmying out until Rod appeared and made he was across the stage. The energy of the night was palpable from that moment to the last note of the evening. They played almost nonstop for 2 hours including a number of costume changes.

His back up singers called the Rodettes shimmed and strutted right along with Stewart as has sang “Young Turks” followed by “Infatuation.”
Stewart and the Rodettes sang a great version of the Muddy Waters tune “Rollin’ and Tumblin’.”
The persussion section performed a great solo while part of the band did a quick outfit change.
During the song “Love Is” the ladies in the band were dressed tartan skirts. Julia Thornton played the banjo as J’anna Jacoby and Caissie Levy joined in on the violins. The ladies all accompanied Stewart twirling and dancing with the backup singers in a foot stomping dance to the song.
Stewart dedicated “Rhythm of My Heart” to those who died in battle during World War II. They then dedicated “People Get Ready”  to students who took part in the “March for Our Lives” against gun violence the same day.
Jimmy Roberts performed a great solo on saxophone allowing Rod and the Rodettes time for one of several costume changes.
Stewart told the audience to have a seat as he and part of his band and singers joined him at the front of the stage. They seated themselves and performed a multi song acoustic set. They did “The First Cut is the Deepest” followed by a fan favorite “Reason To Believe.” Next was Van Morrison’s “Have I Told You Lately.” It was refreshingly laid back and intimate. Then the band went right into “You’re In My Heart.” The audience needed no encouraging to wholeheartedly join in the songs. They knew the words and Stewart enjoyed the participation.
Stewart’s final songs of the night were from his time with The Faces, including “Stay With Me” with Stewart kicking and throwing signed soccer balls into the audience. He is great kicker and landed a couple into the upper decks to the delight and shouts of approval from the crowd. He followed this with his Number 1 hit “Maggie May.”
The encore was “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” and the audience loved it as this is one of Stewart’s best known songs.
Stewart and his band are definitely a must see if you get the chance. I don’t know how many more years he will tour, but he has an ageless quality and puts on a thoroughly enjoyable concert from beginning to end. I can’t think of one thing he didn’t do or could have done to make the evening more entertaining and enjoyable.
The band members:
Conrad Korsch – bass guitar
Dave Palmer – drums
Jimmy Roberts – saxophone
J’anna Jacoby – violin, mandolin, acoustic guitar
Julia Thornton – vocals, banjo, harp
Caissie Levy – vocals, violin
Chuck Kentis – keyboards
Emerson Swinford – guitar
Bridget Cady – vocals and dance
Becca Kotte – vocals and dance
Di Reed – vocals and dance
http://www.rodstewart.com/
Review by Donna Erichsen
Photos by George Bekris
Setlist:
Young Turks
Infatuation
Having a Party (Sam Cooke cover)
Some Guys Have All the Luck (The Persuaders cover)
You Wear It Well
Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)
Love Is
Rhythm of My Heart (Marc Jordan cover)
Rollin’ and Tumblin’ (Hambone Willie Newbern cover)
Forever Young
Downtown Train (Tom Waits cover)
The First Cut Is the Deepest (Cat Stevens cover)
Reason to Believe (Tim Hardin cover)
People Get Ready (The Impression cover)
You’re in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)
Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison cover)
Stay With Me (Faces song)
Maggie May
Encore:
Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?

 

 

Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy

Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy

Mohegan Sun Arena

January 6, 2017

Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy awed the full house at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday, January 6, 2017. The stage was placed in the center of the arena giving all the patrons a great view of the action. The troupe amazed the spectators with contortions and energetic acts of tumbling and high flying balancing performances. All forms of jungle creatures were brought to life in vivid costumes and make up. There were frogs, snakes, ladybugs, bees, ostriches.

The performers took to the air on hoops, nets, lines and pieces of cloth. Many of these feats done over 20 feet off the ground with no safety net. They performed precise manouvers suspended high off the ground at times only being held by feet on the hoops or an outstretched hand. It is impossible to describe some of the moves that the performers gracefully executed with seeming ease. Only photos and seeing them in person can accurately convey the difficulty of each act and their graceful agility.The crowd laughed and gasped as the dozen or so perfomers bent their bodies and pushed the envelope of what the human body can acheive. To say they were limber would be a gross understatement. Their balance superbe and exact.


There were jugglers of balls, logs, hoops and people. It was a circus of vibrant color with people and items tumbled and flipped in the air on performers feet over and over at a dizzing pace. The show was fast paced and entertaining. It moved smoothly from one act to another with just enough time for your mind to adjust to what new body bending move was coming next.
A great family event for all ages.


Review by Donna Erichsen
Photos by George Bekris

Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks

Mohegan Sun Arena

Nov. 25, 2016

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Stevie Nicks greeted the enthusiastic Mohegan Sun crowd with a mix of songs seldom heard in her concerts blended in with a few of her better known hits. She started off the evening with the soul song “Gold and Braid.” She also did cuts from newest album, “24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault,” which were accompanied with stories from Nicks about how each song was written and subsequently “lost” over the years.

 

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Nicks recalled that she had been in the music industry for 43 years. Nicks did a lot of reminiscing about the early years and playing with Lindsay Buckingham on their first album together. She performed songs from her 1981 “Bella Donna” for the first time since the very early ‘80s, and four songs not heard live before other lesser played cuts from her 1983 album “Wild Heart”.
Nicks talked about bringing the song “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” onto an album that she credited for launching her solo career. She said Tom Petty and that song were instrumental in making a name for herself without Fleetwood Mac. Nicks then was joined by Chrissie Hynde on stage to perform it along with Waddy Wachtel singing Petty’s choruses.
Tempe’s Al Ortiz on bass, Sharon Celani and Marilyn Martin were on vocals. Waddy Wachtel her long time production manager played lead guitar.

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She told of how she did not perform live for 9 years after being dismayed by the internet until finally being moved to perform again by the 2011 song “Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream)” inspired by the film “Twilight: New Moon”. She felt she had lived a similar love story to Bella and Edward in her past relationship with Lindsey Buckingham.
She then rolled into a more well know combo of “Gold Dust Woman” a Fleetwood Mac favorite followed by “Edge of Seventeen.” as a tribute of sorts to Prince with his images added to the screen. She told that this was one of his favorite songs.
The encore was two of her best know crowd favorites “Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac, which Nicks said she has performed at every concert since 1975, and she ended the concert with “Leather and Lace”.
After this show it was announced that she would add 20 new dates to the tour.
Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders opened the show. 

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www.stevienicksofficial.com
Review by Donna Erichsen
Photos by George Bekris
Stevie Nicks Set List
Gold and Braid
If Anyone Falls
Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (with Chrissie Hynde)
Belle Fleur
Gypsy (Fleetwood Mac song)
Wild Heart
Bella Donna
Enchanted
New Orleans
Starshine
Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream)
Stand Back
Crying in the Night (Buckingham Nicks song)
If You Were My Love
Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood Mac song)
Edge of Seventeen
Encore:
Rhiannon (Fleetwood Mac song)
Leather and Lace

 

Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders

Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders

 Mohegan Sun Arena

Nov. 25, 2016

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Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders opened the night for Stevie Nicks. At 65 you would think Hynde would be showing signs of slowing down, not so. She prowled the stage guitar in hand with just as much swagger as ever. Hynde and the Pretenders sang for an hour prior to Stevie Nicks taking the stage.

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Hynde played many of their most popular 1980s tunes including “Back On The Chain Gang,” “Brass In Pocket,” “Private Life” and “My City Was Gone”. They all sounded great and were still played with enthusiasm. Her vibrancy on stage has not deminished. The band played tracks from their recent album “Alone” produced by Dan Auerbach, including”Gotta Wait,” “Let’s Get Lost,” “Holy Commotion” and “I Hate Myself”.  Hynde knows when to stick with what works and this album had very much of the same feel as those ’80s rock tunes that made her a household name.

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Known as one of the classic women in rock Hynde still entertains and although she gave praise to Stevie Nicks and downplaying her own influence on rock,  Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders had no problem showing that they are still one of the best known rock bands fronted by a woman.

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www.thepretenders.com
Review by Donna Erichsen
Photos by George Bekris
Pretenders Setlist
Alone
Gotta Wait
Message of Love
Private Life
Down the Wrong Way (Chrissie Hynde song)
Hymn to Her
Back on the Chain Gang
I’ll Stand by You
Holy Commotion
My City Was Gone
Stop Your Sobbing (The Kinks cover)
Don’t Get Me Wrong
Mystery Achievement
Middle of the Road
Brass in Pocket

Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction Sells Out Weekend

Barrett-Jackson Northeast (Photo by George Bekris)

Barrett-Jackson kicked off its newest auction for The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions® at the sold out The Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Also, Barrett-Jackson set an attendance record for any event at Mohegan Sun.

“The inaugural Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction became a success within the first few hours with record crowds and an unprecedented sell-out of both tickets and consignments,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “This will be absolutely the best collector car event in the Northeast in 2016.”

Mohegan Sun, one of the most spectacular entertainment, gaming, dining and shopping destinations in North America, hosted the three-day collector car auction event for visitors from around the world. Coverage of the inaugural Northeast Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson was broadcast live on the Velocity and Discovery television networks as well.

Barrett-Jackson (Photo by George Bekris)

The first Northeast Barrett-Jackson exceeded expectation and the sale achieved $30,378,920 in total sales, and 574 vehicles sold for an average price of $52,925.  Not bad for it’s first year in New England.

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Top sale of the weekend was a 1969 L88 Corvette at $624,800. Big sales in the American muscle category included a 1969 Boss 429 Mustang at $346,500, a 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird at $330,000 and a 1968 Shelby GT500 KR Convertible at $203,500. Barrett-Jackson had numerous Italian cars in the lineup, including several 1990s Lamborghinis and 1980s Ferraris. The most expensive of them were the 1998 Lamborghini Diablo SV Monterey Edition at $253,000 and the 1967 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2, a two-headlight car, at $330,000. This being a mostly no reserve Barrett-Jackson sale, there were only a handful of no-sales.

The Mohegan Sun arena was full of both bidders and spectators. During one part of the sale there were so many bidders in attendance they spilled over into the spectator portion of the arena making it even more interesting to watch the fast paced bidding.

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There were vintage hot rods and old army vehicles as well. The auction had a wide array of memorabilia ranging from gas pumps and old signage to bicycles and pedal cars. So even if you were not in the market for a Lamborghini there were plenty of items to bid on.

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Barrett-Jackson (Photo by George Bekris )

Many in the crowd did not even come to bid but to stroll the giant tented parking lots of Mohegan Sun and take in the best car show around. There were classics, exotics, muscle cars, hot rods for everyone’s taste. There were one offs and show cars like the Shelby all polished aluminum shining in the sun.  Many of these cars you won’t see at any other show in the Northeast and the crowds seem to appreciate all of them judging by the spectators flocking from tent to tent and milling through the parking garage filled with both flesh and steel.

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Barrett-Jackson Northeast drew in its share of stars to enjoy the event. Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufmann of Fast ‘N Loud and brought in 12 vehicles from Dallas to sell at auction.  They were  spotted throughout the weekend with others from Gas Monkey Garage and camera crew zipping around the event in his Gas Monkey Garage golf cart as well as onstage during the auction.

Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, is the leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events. The company produces auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut; and Las Vegas, Nevada. With broadcast partners, Velocity and Discovery Channel, Barrett-Jackson will feature live television coverage in 2016, including broadcasts in over 100 countries internationally. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance for collector vehicles and other valued belongings.

Hopefully this inaugural Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction will be the first of many years of auctions and amazing vehicles to come in the future.

For more photos of the Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction visit George Bekris Photography 

For more information on Barrett-Jackson Auctions visit Barrett-Jackson Online

Joe Walsh

Joe Walsh

Joe Walsh

Mohegan Sun Arena
Oct.16,2015
Joe Walsh has a reputation of putting on a consistently enjoyable concert and this was no exception. On October 16th at the Mohegan Sun Arena he treated the audience to a great show. The 67 year old is not only former member of the James Gang and Eagles, Walsh also has a number of songs written and performed in his long running solo career. This concert was a sampling of his many great and enduring songs. The only drawback is that he has so many songs in his bag of tricks there is no way we could hear them all in one concert.
Walsh was joined by one of his Barnstorm keyboardists and drummer Joe Vitale. He was also accompained by Gannin Arnold on guitar, Larry Young on bass, Jason Freeze on keyboards and ssaxaphone, Clayton James on synthisizer keyboards and Drew Hester on drums. Melanie Taylor, Windy Wagner and Connie Jackson rounded out the band with their back-up vocals.
Walsh sang “Walk Away”, “The Bomber” and a whimsical take on “Funk #49” with a midsong inclusion of lines from “Funk #50” off his solo album “Analog Man”, all sounded great. Along with “Turn To Stone” from his first solo album “Barnstorm” in 1974 he had the audience entranced in the moment. He used various guitars through out the show, so the sounds were consistently changing .
The encore started with I.L.B.T’s “I Like Big Tits”, a Breast Cancer awareness song, which was a hit with the crowd. Joe brought up the importance of this topic with the fact that his wife is a Breast Cancer survivor. He brought the message home in a positive way. Walsh then finished with ” Rocky Mountain Way”, always a favorite.
All in all a great concert and Joe Walsh never fails to put on a fun show. We’ll be seeing him next time as well.
Review by Donna Erichsen
Photos by George Bekris

Set List
Walk Away
A Life of Illusion
Over and Over
Analog Man
In the City
Pretty Maids All in a Row
Mother Says
Turn to Stone
The Bomber: Closet Queen/Bolero/Cast Your Fate to the Wind
Funk #49
Life’s Been Good
Encore:
I.L.B.T.s (for breast cancer awareness month)
Rocky Mountain Way

Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana Corazon Tour

Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
August 19, 2015
Carlos Santana, a man who’s career spans decades is still so relevant. The opening songs at the Mohegan Sun Arena were an omage to Woodstock and the tron above the stage showed scenes of his performance with his signature sound and style that is instantly recognizable. With the Corazon tour Carlos is still spreading the message of “Love and Light” through his music and his wish for a world living in harmony. This tour is a melding and mixing of Carlos. With his legendary guitar playing, and his staying power of almost 50 years. Strong and fresh vocals by Andy Vargas and Tony Lindsay as they sang “Soul Sacrifice”, “Freedom in Your Mind”, and “Maria Maria”.
Midway through the show, Carlos’ son Salvador Santana, who is an accomplished keyboardist, vocalist, and songwriter, took the stage and performed “Summers Day”, “Rise Up” and “Fantasy Reality” from his newly released CD “Fantasy Reality”. His upbeat rap style and ease on stage is a testament to someone who truly has performing in his blood. Savador was accompanied by Alex Nestor’s with her strong and soulful voice.
Oh, and how many times have you heard a trombone solo? Jeff Cressman marched around the stage and provided a top notch solo followed by David K. Mathews on the keyboard.
The evening was an enjoyably spicy and rhythmic time with Carlos Santana and his band that included brass and percussion sections as they played “Corazon Espanado”, “Smooth” and “Tequila” and others from his large collection of songs.
Time flew by and too soon they wrapped it up with an encore that included “Black Magic Woman” and “Oye Como Va”. Great night, and as anyone would expect, a great concert.
Review by Donna Erichsen
Photos by George Bekris

Set List:
WOODSTOCK INTRO
1. SOUL SACRIFICE
2. SAIDEIRA
3. LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND
4. FREEDOM IN YOUR MIND
5. MARIA MARIA
6. FOO FOO
7. EUROPA
8. *SUMMERS DAY
9. *RISE UP
10. *FANTASY REALITY
11. CORAZON ESPINADO
12. JINGO
13. EVIL WAYS/ A LOVE SUPREME
14. BLUE TRANE/ A PLACE W/ NO NAME
15. TEQUILA
16. SMOOTH
17. BLACK MAGIC WOMAN / GYPSY QUEEN
18. OYE COMO VA
19. TOUSSAINT L’OUVERTURE
20. OMINOUS

The Who

The Who

Jones Beach, Wantagh,NY
Sept. 13, 2006

The Who
The Who

Photos by George Bekris