THREE IN ONE
My friend, Lisa, and I visited beautiful downtown Charlottesville, VA this past weekend and saw Steve Azar, Keith Anderson and Jason Michael Carroll at the Charlottesville Pavilion.
I hadn’t seen Steve Azar in concert since December 2006 and let me just say the man puts on a fantastic show. He is extremely entertaining on guitar and I love the jazz / blues twist he gives to many of his songs. He introduced his new tune “Moo-La-Moo” in addition to playing some old favorites like “Waitin’ on Joe” and “I Don’t Have To Be Me ‘Til Monday.” I could have listened to more but all too soon the set was over and Steve was gone.
Next on stage was Keith Anderson. Now this guy has the ability to sing a rowdy number then turn right around and sing something so moving it gives you chills. He is “tough and tender” personified. And he has quite a following as evidenced by the sign waving ladies in the audience who volunteered to be the object of one of Keith’s famous hugs when he sang “Somebody Needs A Hug.”
Lisa and I were quite surprised by the average attendance at this concert. Of course it WAS a holiday weekend (Memorial Day) and it IS a college town with University of Virginia being so close by. Most of the college students have gone for the summer. Obviously their loss was our gain.
When Jason Michael Carroll stepped onto the stage he invited everyone in the back and on the lawn to move up closer. A few of the folks in the front row didn’t seem too happy about that but Jason made everyone up there feel welcome as he sang and signed almost anything anyone handed to him – shirts, hats, tickets, etc. This is a wonderful gesture when done in moderation. Quite frankly I would have liked to see more of Jason’s face looking out at the crowd relating to the whole audience as he conveyed the message of his songs. Plus the boy can definitely dance and that’s always fun. Jason is energetic in his performance and I love the deep resonant tone of his voice. His southern charm comes through whether he’s singing country rock like “Barn Burner” and “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead” or a ballad like “Alyssa Lies.”
Jason’s son, JW, is adorable and he joined Jason on stage for “George Strait Cover Band” and “Livin’ Our Love Song,” mimicking his father’s moves, singing into his own little microphone. Jason has even taught JW how to make a “rock face” by sticking out his tongue and holding up pinky and pointer fingers. The crowd was charmed by this small lad.
All in all it was a delightful concert and an enjoyable day. We had a great time singing, dancing, and listening to both new and familiar music on a beautiful, summer evening. Who could ask for anything more?