Monday, September 29, 2014
Concert Review: Eric Benét at KC Live
I couldn't have imagined the sexually-charged mayhem I was about to experience when I entered Kemper Arena to see Marvin Gaye in 1983. I've since been part of dozens of similarly fevered audiences. It never gets old. Sunday's free Eric Benét concert on the KC Live stage in the Power & Light District was one of the best of the type I've attended. As Halle Berry's ex-husband crooned ballads like the sensitive "Sometimes I Cry" and the sultry "Chocolate Legs", many in the audience of 9,000 screamed deliriously. While earsplitting, their shouts and the fine work of Benét's five-piece band competed with the canned music that blared from many of the adjacent taverns and restaurants, an inexcusable insult that's plagued concerts in the district since 2008.
I reviewed the Preservation Hall Jazz Band's concert at the VooDoo Lounge.
In the previous There Stands the Glass post I lamented the lack of truly great new music. The Architects may have rescued me. At first listen, Border Wars (Episode II) sounds magnificent. RIYL: The Clash, rock and roll lifers, Sham 69.
Here's Ces Cru's amusing video for "Jimmy Stewart".
Lou Whitney, one of the greatest living Missourians, is ailing. Here's 75 minutes of prime Morells. (Via D.W.)
The video for Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood's "Juicy Lucy" is solid.
(Original images by There Stands the Glass.)