Jessi Colter and John Oates “Up Close and Personal” in the Warden Oasis Theater!
March 11, 2014 at 2:00 PM
We would like to thank everyone who came out and made the March 8th and 9th concerts with Jessi Colter and John Oates so spectacular. These two artists performed at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for our most recent installments of the Oasis Project and further cemented the Warden Theater as the place to see live music in Tucson - because of its intimacy and acoustics. Every seat in the theater makes you feel right up front and as comfortable as if you were in these artists living rooms, listening to the stories and sharing the songs.
Saturday night, Jessi Colter (lead vocals, keyboard) and band, longtime Waymore Blues Band members Reggie Young (electric guitar) and Jenny Lynn Young (cello), joined celebrated Arizonans Ray Herndon (acoustic guitar), John Willis (bass), and Gary Bruzzese (drums). These talented musicians performed music from a vast catalogue of hits on a beautifully clear, starry night at the Museum, complemented by various Desert Night Life activities and exhibits. The audience was thrilled to hear hits such as “I’m Not Lisa,” “What Happened to Blue Eyes” and a special version of the GRAMMY® nominated “His Eye is on the Sparrow.”
John Oates took the stage on Sunday afternoon for an intimate, stripped-down matinee performance accompanied by super groovy percussionist, Johnny Richardson. Oates played many new songs from his March 18th release, A Good Road to Follow with the different tracks crossing many musical genres and styles. He even performed his own unique versions of “Maneater,” “She’s Gone” and “Sara Smile” — all Hall & Oates classics augmented with the behind the music stories told by the writer himself! The audience was dazzled by his deft guitar playing and the sheer range of his voice; when he wasn’t singing, Oates captivated the audience with his humor, stories and tales of times present and past.
Photos from both performances can be viewed in our slideshow here.
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