The last concert I saw featured The Revivalists, also in Peoria. They played their big hit, Wish I Knew You, at that show, but I really dug All My Friends. I'm glad to see the latter is starting to get some radio air time.
On Friday night we saw the Robert Cray Band. I would definitely put him in the blues category. I enjoyed his laid back style and found the music quite enjoyable. My wife is the big blues fan, but the genre is growing on me. I can't remember any one song we heard, but he put on quite a performance. You can check out his music here.
Saturday night we brought our camping chairs and I saw Ben Folds for the first time live. My wife introduced me to his music about fifteen years ago, but he was on the national scene long before that. (I was stuck in my "angry music" phase as she liked to call it.) Ben Folds is one of her favorite artists and because of his music the piano has become one of my favorite musical instruments to listen to.
Overall, Ben Folds put on a fun concert and talked about the meaning behind a couple of his other songs and also about some of the people he bumped into while bumming around Peoria. I enjoyed his banter almost as much as his musical offerings.
Buddy Guy, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Shooter Jennings.
Between artists there was plenty of good people watching to partake in. People always comment about the people watching at airports and Wal-Mart, but I think concerts are largely overlooked in this arena if you ask me. Overall, it was a fun time down on the riverfront listening to some good music with family.