It’s a Wednesday night, a work and school night and the audience slowly wanders into AK Chin Pavilion as the first band starts playing for tonight’s concert. Everyone is here to see one of their favorite bands, Hall & Oates. Daryl Hall and John Oates are an American musical duo from Philadelphia. Their style of music is a mixture of rock and roll and rhythm and blues. They started in the early 70s and had a couple of hits, Sara Smiles and Rich Girl, but their real fame came in the 80s starting with their album Private Eyes. One of their big breaks came in the 80s with the advent of MTV and music videos. These videos were like a mini concert and allowed them and their music to be seen by millions of young adults and kids which helped push the band into mega-stardom. During their 40 plus year history they have had six No. 1 hits, seven platinum albums, and six gold albums. In 2014 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and just this year they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Their current touring band consists of Brian Dunne on drums, long time member Charles DeChant on flute, keyboards, saxophone, Eliot Lewis on keyboards, Klyde Jones on bass, Pat Buchanan on guitar and Porter Carroll on percussion.
They started their set with 2 of their number 1 hits and fan favorites, Maneater and Out of Touch. From the beginning of the show, the audience was up and dancing. During Las Vegas Turnaround two ladies in the front row were dancing and each time the band sang “Turnaround” the ladies would spin around. At one part of the song, Charles came out to the front of the stage with his sax and jammed with John. Daryl Hall introduced the next song, She’s Gone and said it was the song that helped get them out of Philly. During She’s Gone the audience was not only dancing but started singing along with the band. At this point in the show the band slowed the tempo down a little on the next song, Sara Smiles. During Sara Smiles, Pat Buchanan got to do his first guitar solo. For the remainder of the show, Daryl Hall gave up is guitar and got behind his keyboard. The set ended with the band playing I Can’t Go for That, with Charles walking across the stage playing his sax and jamming with Pat and John. The band came back for a 2 song encore that included Kiss on my List and Private Eyes.
The audience was standing, dancing and singing for almost the entire show. To the audience’s great delight, the band played almost all of their greatest hits. The only number 1 hit they did not play was Rich Girl. A lot of the show reminded me of Daryl’s TV show, “Live From Daryl’s House”, where other musicians show up and they just have fun playing music. I felt like the band was having fun and definitely the audience was having a lot of fun dancing and singing along to their favorite songs. The only thing that could have made the evening better was if the band would have played longer. As with most great bands, they have so much great music to draw from and the audience always wants more. But overall, the show was exactly what the audience wanted to hear, Daryl Hall and John Oates’s greatest hits.
The concert started with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Like their name says, they are from New Orleans and play a fun upbeat style of jazz. Troy (Trombone Shorty) Andrews is the front man for the group playing his trombone and singing. He roamed around on the stage and would jam with the other band members. Their music reminded me a lot of the music played on HBO’s “Treme” which is also set in New Orleans and where the band members comes from. I felt that their style of music was a little out of place with the rest of the bands tonight. They do an upbeat jazz, while the other bands tonight are more rock and roll, funk and blues based. They did what all lead up bands need to do, they set the tempo for the night with an upbeat fun musical show. I can’t wait to see them again in March of next year when they come back to town with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. If you like upbeat jazz and just fun music, then you should definitely checkout this band. The band is made up of: BK Jackson on Tenor Sax, Dan Oestreicher on Baritone Sax, Joey Peebles on drums, Michael Ballard on bass, Pete Murano on guitar and Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews on Trombome.
The middle band of the show was Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. They are an American funk and soul band out of New York City. Their set started with the band playing the first song without Sharon and then they introduced Sharon for the remainder of the set. Again they kept the tempo upbeat as Sharon moved and danced around the stage as she sang. We were told that Sharon was recovering from chemotherapy, but you would never have believed that when you saw her on stage. She had a presence and energy that a lot of us wished we had. She would dance around the stage singing to the audience and interacting with the other musicians. For me the best part was the horn section. They were amazing and even had Charles DeChant (Hall & Oates) play sax with them. Their music reminded me a lot of the Latin music of the 60s and 70s, it was fun and energetic and it looked like the band was really having fun on stage. If you like this style of music or just want to have a good time at a concert, then this is definitely a band you want to see and enjoy. It was really nice when Sharon introduce each of the band members and allowed them a mini solo during the third song. The band members are: Sharon Jones (Lead Vocals), Saundra Williams (Backup Vocals), Starr Duncan-Lowe (Backup Vocals), Gabriel “Bosco Mann” Roth (Bass), Binky Griptite (Guitar / MC), Joseph Crispiano (Guitar), Brian Wolfe (Drums), Elizabeth Pupo-Walker (Percussion), Cochemea Gastelum (Baritone Sax), Neal Sugarman (Tenor Sax) and Chris Davis (Trumpet).
Review and photos by Fred Kuhlman
Promoter: Live Nation
Venue: AK Chin Pavilion
Daryl Hall & John Oates
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Sharon Jones And The DAP-Kings
Photos © Fred Kuhlman 2016
Daryl Hall & John Oates Setlist: (Album)
Out of Touch (Big Bam Boom)
Did It in a Minute (Private Eyes)
Say It Isn’t So (Daryl Hall & John Oates)
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (The Righteous Brothers cover)
Las Vegas Turnaround (The Stewardess Song) (Abandoned Luncheonette)
She’s Gone (Abandoned Luncheonette)
Sara Smile (Daryl Hall & John Oates)
Do What You Want, Be What You Are (Bigger Than Both of Us)
I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do) (Private Eyes)
Kiss on My List (Voices)
Private Eyes (Private Eyes)