Friday night, the husband and I had a much needed date night. We headed into San Antonio to see Chicago. Yes, that Chicago. I was beyond excited and serenaded my poor husband the entire drive there. I’m mostly in love with their 80’s music. It truly allows me to belt it out. Who doesn’t sing along to You’re The Inspiration? The opening band was JD and The Straight Shot. We hadn’t heard of them, but we are always up for listening to the openers, as we’ve discovered some great bands that way.
JD and The Straight Shot is described as an Americana band. That can mean whatever you want I guess, but they are a folksy country, with bluegrass and soul mixed in. Quite a good combination. We like a lot of country, but more of the alt country genre and these guys fit in well with that. The band consists of vocalist/guitarist JD, violinist/fiddler/vocals Erin Slaver, guitarist Marc Copely, and this show also had a cello/bass player and additional guitarist. Funny thing about JD, his father founded Cablevision and he served as CEO until they were sold last year. The band has written songs for movies, many that you would recognize. The band members have played for a variety of artists as well.
While the band started out a bit slow, as they kept playing, they got fired up and got the crowd into it as well. Slaver’s fiddling was wonderful. They put on an energetic show and the band are awesome performers. We were well warmed up and into it by the time Chicago took the stage! Chicago was another awesome, crowd pumping show. Of the nine in the band, four of them are original members. Considering they started out in 1967, that’s beyond impressive.
6/6 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Boston, MA
6/8 MGM Washington, DC
6/10 Sands Bethlehem Events Center Bethlehem, PA
6/13 Budweiser State Toronto, Canada
6/15 PNC Pavilion Cincinnati, OH
6/17 Northerly Island Chicago, IL
6.18 XCEL Energy Center St. Paul, MN
Disclosure: I was provided to tickets to the show, but all thoughts and opinions are mine.