This is a concert review from a figure skating event for charity. Normally, I don't really care who is providing live accompaniment, as I'm there to watch what's moving on the ice. This time, the artist almost out-shined the World and Olympic skaters.
It was the 9th An Evening With Scott Hamilton and Friends in Cleveland. The featured musical guest was Kenny Loggins along with The Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Carl Topilow, Conductor.
The stage is at one end of the ice. The skaters perform routines to the live music. You've seen this format on TV. The only difference is, these annual shows that Scott Hamilton hosts are one-time only live events that are not taped for future broadcast.
When you see Kenny Loggins perform you realize how many songs he's written that have become hits. From the Electric Prunes to Loggins and Messina and a successful solo career with many movie theme songs to his credit, Kenny Loggins' career has spanned over three decades.
Kenny didn't really need to encourage the audience to sing along. Many of us grew up listening to his music on the radio. You instantly recognized songs like "Celebrate Me Home" or "Your Mama Don't Dance". Kenny got one of the skaters (Caryn Kadavy) to sing along with him on stage. Even though I was watching the skater's routines, I was singing and clapping.
Kenny has a lot of energy and brought with him a four-piece band, who also provided backing vocals. Kenny, at center stage, had the best view of the skaters interpreting his songs on the ice. The Cleveland Pops Orchestra (especially the strings) provided a richer sound to Kenny's music. Kenny did a song from his most recent CD "How About Now", which was just exquisite with the orchestra. He did a couple of songs from his 1991 release "Leap of Faith" which were very well received.
The 60-year-old singer-songwriter still knows how to entertain an audience, even when the main focus is not on him. It was a very pleasant 90-minutes listening to Kenny Loggins while watching my favorite sport.
Barb S. - Sunday Mix Host