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Martina McBride at Genesee Theatre- September 13th, 2014

“Martina McBride Brings ‘Everlasting’ to Genesee Theatre”

 

By Christian F. Scalise

 

 

Country music’s multi-million selling, award-winning powerhouse vocalist, and recently nominated CMA (Country Music Association) “Female Vocalist of the Year,” Martina McBride brought her ‘Everlasting’ tour to the beautiful Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, Illinois on Saturday September 13th, 2014. Side note, it was several years ago (September 22nd, 2005) that Martina recorded her PBS TV special for her ‘Timeless’ album at the very same venue!

 

This unique concert experience showcases the beloved hits from Martina’s storied career for the first time in an entirely new and different perspective. McBride has summoned an 11-piece band all dressed in matching suits which consists of a horn section including trombone, baritone sax, tenor sax and trumpet plus a trio of phenomenally talented backup singers. The inspiration behind the tour hails from the superstar’s latest record, ‘Everlasting’ which was released this past spring.

 

Being the first solo female artist in 50 years to debut at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Charts with an independently released and distributed album is quite a feat and even more so impressive considering the only thing getting airplay on country radio lately is mostly c-r-a-p (country and rap). Hey, if you can’t join em’, you might as well beat em’ and with or without radio play, Martina has brilliantly achieved monumental success with this new endeavor by making a significant impact on the touring circuit. 

 

For just one night, fans of McBride were taken on a musical journey through the new album by the unmistakable and revered voice that has won over millions of music fans from around the world.

 

Beginning just after 8pm, the horn section walked throughout various aisles of the theater before making their way to the stage. Much to the delight of the audience, Martina walked onstage welcomed by solid applause and cheers as she opened the show with “When God-Fearin’ Women Get The Blues,” “Love’s The Only House,” which she played harmonica on and “Wild Night.”

 

The elegantly decorated stage was draped with various silk curtains on each side, elaborate lighting, elevated staging and musician stands that embellished the letter “M” in cursive font reminiscent from the era of big bands.

 

Looking sensational, Martina wore a gorgeous gold sequined jacket, black blouse, fitted black pants and sky-high stiletto heels. She incorporated personal talk with members of the audience during the course of the evening, and on many occasions stated how happy, proud and grateful she is to have been able to release an album like ‘Everlasting’ and have the opportunity to take it out on the road. (This tour has been receiving rave reviews from critics alike, and most recently an additional 40 dates were just added through the end of the year and into the early part of 2015!)

 

Having had the pleasure of watching Martina perform many times over the years past, I must confess that I was a little apprehensive about attending this new show and hearing all those great songs like “A Broken Wing,” “Wild Angels,” and “Whatever You Say” without the instrumentations of a country band, but I must say that I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with the new arrangement that they have been given!

 

There were many highlights throughout the show; Martina received at least five standing ovations to which she seemed genuinely touched and taken back by, kept the audience dancing in their seats and on their feet, performed an outstanding cover of Pink’s “Perfect” with her backup singers, an emotionally moving performance of “In My Daughter’s Eyes” with solo accompaniment by her pianist and a soulful rendition of “Son Of A Preacher Man” that had everyone jamming along.

 

The nearly two hour show ended at almost 10pm. Like I told Martina’s husband John McBride after the show at the sound booth, this is one of the greatest shows I’ve seen and in typical fashion, Martina never fails to put on an amazing show!

 

Set List:

 

1. When God-Fearin’ Women Get The Blues

 

2. Loves The Only House

 

3. Wild Night

 

4. Suspicious Minds

 

5. If You Don’t Know Me By Now

 

6. Do Right Woman

 

7. Blessed

 

8. Wild Angels

 

9. I’m Gonna Love You Through It

 

10. My Babe

 

11. Perfect

 

12. In My Daughter’s Eyes

 

13. Little Bit Of Rain

 

14. Anyway

 

15. Come See About Me

 

16. In The Basement

 

17. Bring It On Home To Me

 

18. Wrong Baby Wrong

 

19. Whatever You Say

 

20. Where Would You Be

 

21. A Broken Wing

 

22. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted

 

ENCORE:

 

23. Son Of A Preacherman

 

24. Baby What You Want Me To Do

 

25. This One’s For The Girls

 

26. Independence Day

Enjoy photos from the show. (Credit, Christian F. Scalise)

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