Monday, July 29, 2013

Mumford And Sons Bring Stampede To Austin

British folk rockers Mumford and Sons brought their unique sound of music to Austin’s newest venue, the Austin360 Amphitheater at the Circuit of the Americas racetrack for two shows on June 8 and 9, 2013.

The band consists of Marcus Mumford (lead vocals, guitar, drums, mandolin), Ben Lovett (vocals, keyboards, accordion, drums), Winston Marshall (vocals, banjo, guitar, resonator guitar), and Ted Dwane (vocals, string bass, drums, guitar).

The Grammy award-winning quartet performed to sold-out audiences of approximately 14,000 music fans on both nights. The two-night stop was part of the bands Summer Stampede Tour. Enthusiastic fans that filled the outdoor venue were treated to almost two hours of fantastic music. One highlight of the show was a two song acoustic encore which included a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” during the amazed crowd was completely silent.

Opening for Mumford And Sons on this night were Mystery Jets and Michael Kiwanuka.

Set List:
Roll Away Your Stone
Whispers in the Dark
White Blank Page
Below My Feet
I Will Wait
Lover of the Light
Broken Crown
Ghosts That We Knew
Holland Road
Awake My Soul
Little Lion Man
Dust Bowl Dance

I'm on Fire (Bruce Springsteen cover)
The Cave

Manilow Still Writes The Songs At Age 70

Grammy, Tony and Emmy award winner Barry Manilow performed to a sold-out audience at San Antonio’s AT&T Center on Saturday, June 29, 2013. The Songwriter’s Hall of Fame member was originally scheduled to entertain the San Antonio crowd in May, but was forced to reschedule due to bronchitis. To the audiences’ pleasure, there was no sign of the lingering effects of the illness on this night.

Braay Manilow performs in San Antonio
Manilow, who garnered his 50th song on the Top 40 Adult Contemporary Chart this past year, sounded terrific as he entertained the enthusiastic audience with many of their favorite songs. Barry was backed by a stellar nine-piece band and vocalists. In true Manilow style, he introduced each song with a story, telling the audience why he wrote it or who it was about. Barry also accompanied himself on piano and electronic keys on several songs.

Barry looking good in purple metalic jacket

Age hasn’t affected Manilow’s performing ability, as he still knows how to connect with a venue full of his admires. Barry told his audience “I was the Justin Bieber of the ‘70’s. It’s true; just ask your mother.”

Showing no signs of slowing down any time soon, Barry Manilow has written a new musical, HARMONY, which will be opening on Broadway in September 2013. He performed one of the songs from this show, EVERY SINGLE DAY, during his set this night.

Set List:
It's a Miracle
Could It Be Magic
Somewhere in the Night
Looks Like We Made It
Can't Smile Without You
Bandstand Boogie
Old Songs
Even Now
Brooklyn Blues
I Am Your Child
This One's For You
New York City Rhythm
Weekend in New England
Let's Hang On
Can't Take My Eyes Off You (Frankie Valli cover)
Every Single Day (from his new musical Harmony)
Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again
I Made It Through the Rain
Mandy / Could It Be Magic
I Write the Songs

It's a Miracle (Reprise)