Again, we were very excited a few months ago when we got the chance to buy tickets for Bonnie Raitt on November 17th. I hadn't seen her since 1976!
The Sunday arrived and after a long bout with leaves, a short nap, and a nice dinner at Scollay Square on the lower end of Beacon Street, we crouched our way into the Orpheum and got our chance to spend $20 on a couple of drinks. The Orpheum may be good for performers and may have good sound, but it reminds me of the old Garden in that you're always looking for the fire exits and you have to squeeze in and out, and it reminds me of Fenway in the size of the seats/legroom and the [in]convenience of the bathrooms and concessions. Oh yeah, it's very much "old Boston."
Anyway, Bonnie was excellent. Marc Cohn opened, accompanied by top-notch keyboardist Glenn Patscha (Ollabelle). Then Bonnie came on with her old-school band of guitarist George Marinelli, bassist James “Hutch” Hutchinson, drummer Ricky Fataar, and organ player Mike Finnigan. We were delighted! She did many of the songs from her new record, but also mixed in classics like Angel From Montgomery, Dimming Of the Day, and Love Me Like a Man.
Bonnie brought out Bonnie Hayes, the writer of some of her Grammy-winning songs and currently head of the song-writing department at Berklee, to sing her Have a Heart for an encore. Fantastic concert and not much of a struggle home on a Sunday night!