Bo Bice rocks the Keith Albee with Blood, Sweat & Tears
Published: Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 22:12
Blood, Sweat & Tears performed a night of classic hits and holiday music Tuesday at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.
Bo Bice, former American Idol contestant and new lead vocalist, led the group through the band’s diverse discography for an enthusiastic audience.
The audience was filled with several longtime fans hoping to hear the band’s hits from the ’60s and ’70s. Among these fans was Randy Parker, 58, of Grayson, Ky.
“I’d like to hear some new stuff too with Bo Bice, but he can’t replace David Clayton-Thomas,” Parker said. “He’s the cornerstone of the band.”
Despite being unfamiliar with Bice, Parker said he was expecting a solid show.
“I like brass bands, so this should be a good one,” Parker said.
Peter and Marta Ottaviano of Huntington were also looking forward to hearing old hits such as “Spinning Wheel.” The two were also looking forward to seeing how the orchestra complemented the band.
“I’m looking forward to that,” Peter said. “A 40-piece orchestra, that’s a pretty big orchestra.”
The band opened the show with its popular cover of The Beatles’ song, “Got to Get You into My Life.”
Blood, Sweat & Tears entertained the audience by seamlessly transitioning between blues, funk and jazz, as well as incorporating holiday music into the mix.
After a brief intermission, the band returned to the stage with a 40-piece orchestra. The orchestra created a dramatic atmosphere before transitioning into a blues song, giving the nine-piece band even more depth.
The Marshall Artists Series will return for its spring season Jan. 13 with the Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.
Zach Haught can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.