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NYC's Subway Idol, Joe Taylor rocks The Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago

Joe Taylor living in the moment at The Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, February 18, 2014
Joe Taylor living in the moment at The Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, February 18, 2014
Rob Olewinski

Most people will tell you that the Windy City derived its name because of the wind breathing off of Lake Michigan, the tug-o-war with Cincinnati or even politics, but in fact that's not true, according to those in attendance at The Hard Rock Café on Saturday, February 18th in Chicago.

New York City’s very own, Joe Taylor and his band, Frank Lucas (keyboards), T.D. Clark (electric guitar), Barry Kleiber (bass) and Chuck White (drums), brought the house down at The Hard Rock Café. Also joining them on stage was the very talented and alluring, Jovie Calma (Singer/TV Host/Journalist) whose vocals loaned itself to every note she belted out so gracefully.

Taylor and band put on a solid forty five minute set, with songs from his CD release, “Anything’s Possible” and a cover song by Journey. Taylor fans were treated to a solid soulful performance that many won’t soon forget. While temps were holding in the single digits outside the walls of The Hard Rock Café, on the inside, the rockabilia was sweltering as Taylor and his band kicked off the night with “Contagious.” Giving way to “The Sweetest Tune,” which charted to the top ten in Canada and featured on NBC's daytime drama, "Days of Our Lives." This rock-out solid performance was definitely the icing on the evening’s musical cake. Aside from having one of the most powerful and unarguably diverse vocals in the indie sphere, it's no secret that the primary reason fans follow this performer here is for the experience that is Joe Taylor. It’s his voice that provides a lingering presence and will continue to stand the test of time.

If you need a definition of passionate, you don't need to look any further than the driven, intense, lyrical attentiveness visage that Joe Taylor so easily evokes. The audience hung on every note, with every drum beat resonated by Chuck White and every electrical lick injected by T.D. Clark and intonation detonated by bassist, Barry Kleiber.

Closing out the finale, with the ultimate Journey fans classic, “Don’t Stop Believin,” while Frank Lucas tickled the ivories, Taylor drove the highs and lows of this song to a dynamic halt.

Be sure to check out music from Joe Taylor’s CD “Anything’s Possible” joetaylorofficial.com, download on iTunes, and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, ReverbNation, YouTube, Instagram and KushKulture. Check back often for new tour dates and details on the release of his new music video.

SET LIST
Contagious
Sweetest Tune
Here and Gone
Love Will Save
Save Me
Tired of Waitin’
Walk Away
Possible
All Around the World
Don’t Stop Believin’