Since I have come back to the Voice full time and I am not working 2 jobs at 65 hours a week I find I have more time to do things I enjoy doing. One of those things is going to concerts. Now usually I pay what I think is big bucks to go see bands I like. Now I understand that there are expenses involved in production, venue etc. but sometimes the dollars spent don't equal the value of the music and show plus the cost of food/drinks is usually a little expensive. Free usually means a mediocre show but as I found out the other night that is not always the truth.
The Walker Lecture Series in Concord had a gentleman named Conner Lorre at the Audi (Concord City Auditorium) on Wednesday night. His show sounded interesting, it was a nice way to get out of the house for a night and not watch TV or work around the house and I figured for free how could the wife and I go wrong. Mr. Lorre is a singer, based out of Atlanta, that has done shows all around the United States including Caesars Palace. His repertoire of songs covered mainly 50's to 70's (which is ok by me as I grew up listening to music from those eras) songs made popular by big names. I mean Frank, Elvis, Neil, Barry and more as well as a few others. For two hours I was amused, entertained and stunned by how well he sang like the masters. One would think he was lip-syncing but he will tell you at the beginning of the show - It's All Him. He even challenges the audience to yell Pinocchio if you think that he is not the one sing the verse - no one caught him. Some corny jokes and anecdotes in between made for a fun night out and left me thinking if this show was this good how good are their other one. Guess we'll find out as I plan on attending several more of their talks and concerts. Go here to see the rest of the series schedule or watch for it in the Voice again in the spring (find it in our October edition also). Oh yeah - free cookies and soda at intermission. Donations are welcome if you wish to leave one.
As a side note in the 16 years I have been back here I had never gone to the Audi and must say it is a hidden gem here in our city. Comfortable (a tad small) seats. large enough to hold several hundred people it has a feel of intimacy for the performance. Check it out if you haven't been - it's worth a look.