KOST 103.5 and the Greek Theatre brought back lots of memories as they hosted An Evening with Chicago on August 2.
Opening for Chicago was local LA artist Jessie Payo, who performed on the Plaza stage. Payo is a dynamic performer with a killer voice and a great band of musicians who work perfectly in sync with her. Whether playing her original songs, or one of several killer covers, Payo delivered a solid performance to warm up the crowd for Chicago.
Every song was delivered with passion, and I was truly impressed with her soulful R&B rendition of Bill Withers' Use Me. Her set also included Heart in a Suitcase, Just a Little Bit of Something, Betty, Nervous, Let me Dream and Love Salesman. I had not expected an opening act, and was so glad that I had a chance to catch Payo perform, since I had not seen her in quite a while. She did not disappoint.
The current Chicago line-up includes nine members, including three keyboardists, guitar, bass, drums, and the fabulous horn section of trumpet/flugelhorn, trombone and sax. In addition, there was flute on the incomparable ballad Color my World.
Chicago sang all my favorites, including If you Leave me Now, I've Been Searching so Long, Just Say You Love Me, Another Park Another Sunday, Another Rainy Day, I'm so Happy, Saturday in the Park, Does Anyone Really Know What Time it Is, You're a Hard Habit to Break and You're the Inspiration, among many others I didn't know.
The show was separated into two long sets. During the intermission, we were invited to be a part of a crowd scene for the upcoming Al Pacino film Imagine, a story about an aging musician who is given a letter from John Lennon that prompts him to restore his relationship with his estranged son. It was such a hoot to be part of the Hollywood experience, and fun to be involved with Al Pacino and his production company, Danny Collins Productions. I can't wait to check out the finished movie.
All in all it was a wonderful evening of musical memories and fun. Looking forward to my next show at the Greek, featuring Heart and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience.