Thursday, August 25, 2005

John Hiatt in Concert

Just realized last night's post is missing due to our power outage after the John Hiatt concert. What I wanted to say...

John Hiatt and Shawn Colvin at the little outdoor concert venue set up on Northerly Island (formerly known as Miegs Field).
Don't miss an opportunity to go to one of these shows. It was just outstanding.

We just got back. We're 50 miles out of the loop, you know.

Wow. What a show. Shawn's set was a little over an hour; her voice is so strong and piercing.

Hiatt just turned 53. You'd think he was 25 the way he plays that axe. It was an acoustic show. One man, one harmonica, a variety of guitars, and a keyboard. Did I mention no band? Just Hiatt. What an artist.

They almost finished the show with the second or third encore played as a folk duet. A very nice version of "This land is your land."

Picture this: If you hold out your hand, palm up, with your fingers together, imagine holding all of downtown Chicago in your hand. You're at this great concert--by the tip of your thumb--and all of the Loop is right there around you as you look at the stage.

From McCormick Place way down on your left to Hancock way up to the right. The whole skyline is all around. As you leave, the waves of Lake Michigan are lapping against the beach to the right of the exit-way.

Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway
Nobody living can make me turn back
This land is made for you and me.

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