The crowds turned out for the second in the 2017 Mountain House Music In The Park concert series Saturday, August 19th. Featured act, Stealin’ Chicago, brought a fine tribute blend of the best of Chicago mixed with Steely Dan hits. Driven by a strong rhythm core, Stealin’ Chicago produced a tight sound throughout the three hour show.
Clearly a finely seasoned group of players, the band treated their audience to some great renditions of such famous Chicago numbers as “Make Me Smile”, “Saturday In The Park”, and “Colour My World”. They also featured such Steely Dan hits as “Josie”, “Aja”, and “Bodhisattva”. Lead singers Jim Starr and Robyn Ashley shared duties and harmonized together beautifully.
Starr, doubling on trombone, along with Brad Catania on trumpet and sax-man, Greg Albright, provided the full-range horn section needed for the catalog of music they made sparkle. Keyboardist, Brian Withycombe, bassist Larry Tagg, and drummer Dave Hawkes were the driving force for the show.
An estimated 2,000 people turned out for this show. The second of two breaks saw some folks pack-up and head out, while the die-hards stuck it out to the end. Some, in fact, were just getting warmed up even when the show was through. A beautiful, warm and calm evening made hanging in the park all the more desirable.
The final show in this summer’s series will feature Country Rocker, Rachel Steele, Saturday, September 16th, from 5-8pm.
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