Blossom Music Center
What a warm and beautiful night in Northeast Ohio for one of the best live bands I had ever seen 30 years ago, and they proceeded to blow me away again. These guys have assembled a band of great musicians and the magic of Loggins and Messina live is better than ever.
Kenny's voice during "Peace Of Mind" was truly
amazing. "Same Old Wine" was one of the best songs of the evening
for me. Jimmy's voice and guitar, Kenny's harmonica, and the fact the
song is thought provoking and timeless in its
What can I say but WOW! A beautiful venue, an awesome
concert; it could
I never had the opportunity to see Kenny and Jimmy in concert until last night ... what an incredible show!!! I didn't know you could sound better than you did on your albums but they proved you can.
Thanks for an incredible show and will see you in Columbus next month. - randy martell
The concert at Blossom Music Center was wonderful.
Listening to them was a
Since I was only 12 or 13 when I saw my first concert
(Loggins and Messina), I can say with much certainty that I was overwhelmed
by many things but didn't
I believe that God above has a plan and a purpose for all things and the timing of this union couldn't have come at a better time. Their sound was perfection both vocally and musically. The band members they picked to tour with them were dead on with every beat of every song. We even caught the smile they passed to one another from time to time. See this show!! Even if you have to travel (as we did) it is so well worth the trip. - Kathy Mantia
Having read many of the reviews of the Loggins and Messina reunion tour so far, I know this may sound redundant. But the show at the Blossom Music Center was a music lover's dream come true.
The last time I saw the guys was in State College, PA in 1974 and they truly rocked then. But now, 31 years later, the band was just as tight and the harmonies just as sweet as ever. In addition, the background props and replays from years gone by was a great surprise throughout the evening. The bass player hit those high harmonies consistently just like Larry Simms did so many years ago.
Being the type of music fan that can't get enough of a good thing, I am planning on attending the show in Columbus, Ohio on September 25. I urge every music fan to do yourself a favor and check out a show in your area. - George
A balmy and almost cloudless night welcomed the crowd to this outdoor venue, and when Kenny and Jim walked on stage, they were greeted by a thunderous standing ovation. That would be the first of several they would receive from the clearly appreciative audience. The covered pavilion was perhaps 2/3 full, the lawn was a sea of people ready to be entertained. They were not disappointed. Jim mentioned that this was the last concert before they were taking a break to "spend summer vacation with their kids". A bit different set of priorities from the partying days of old, but their distinctive sound and how they deliver it with intensity is timeless.
Kenny and Jim have assembled a band that does them proud.
They were flawless and each had their own moment to shine. This was also
the case for the two men whom the
Jim shared a song from Poco and Buffalo Springfield, and Kenny introduced his solo "Alive 'N' Kickin'" as "our story". He made a point of looking over at Jim when he sang the line, "Got a new best friend and he was more than sittin' in."
Kenny's voice and powerful performance of "Peace of Mind" wowed the audience. Jimmy on mandolin and the rest of the band's brilliance on "Be Free" was breathtaking. Of course, the crowd boomed when Kenny changed a line in "Vahevala" to "When we'd stay off the coast of Cleveland ...." Ahhhh .... the marvel of technology...when a keyboard can sound like steel drums and make you feel like you're in Jamaica. From my second row end seat, I had to smile seeing the middle aged security staffer stationed at the foot of the stage singing along during the chorus of "House At Pooh Corner," clapping along in several songs, and stomping his feet to bring them back for an encore.
It's said that everything happens for a reason and the
reasons for the reuniting of this duo are obvious and plentiful. Emotionally
therapeutic for Kenny (both on
My life as a music fan started very young. In second grade I discovered a band that taught me to appreciate several different kinds of music. I would follow them for the next 5 years and last week I had the pleasure of seeing them live for the very first time.
Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina hadn't toured together
The boys played for almost 3 hours with an intermission
in the middle and they didn't miss a beat. One of my favorites of the
evening was the Lovin' Me/Make Your Woman Feel Wanted/Peace of Mind trilogy.
As an old fan I know that when Jimmy wrote Peace of Mind he intended to
sing it himself but when he heard Kenny's soulful rendition he passed
the song to him. That night was the very first time I had ever heard Jimmy
sing it, his own song, and my heart
The backup band consisted of a drummer, a keyboardist,
There were a countless number of highlights for me during
the evening (they played a whopping 29 songs) but I have to say that my
favorite part came when Jimmy shined in Be Free. I've always loved this
song, the haunting lyrics speak to the state of the environment and the
music eclectic and unforgettable. If you're a casual fan you might not
know that Mr. Messina is a talented mandolinist and this song
Other greats: Angry Eyes was a
smokin' as it always was, Jimmy's rendition of Kind Woman lovely, Vahevala
one of the best reggae party songs ever written. Keep Me in Mind is a
tender ballad that Jimmy wrote for former bassists Larry Sims and his
version was beautiful, I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed that song. One
of the things I love about Jethro Tull in concert is that they play little
riffs of songs from the past during other songs that only a true fan would
recognize. L&M did that twice that evening -- Jimmy
To be honest, I didn't know what to expect from the
evening when I purchased the tickets. I knew of course that Kenny has
continued to record over the past several years and that his voice would
sound as good as ever. Jimmy was always my favorite of the two, his gentle
siren's voice could send me into another time and place. Not having heard
him for years I'd wondered if that gorgeous voice had changed with the
passage of time. Much to my surprise and
Thank you for a wonderful and magical evening, gentleman. And welcome back, Jimmy --- I've missed you. :) - Annette Jones
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