We attended the Mindi Abair featuring Keb Mo concert at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach Friday night.What a concert!Mindi played her heart out. She introduced Keb Mo, who I have to admit I didn't know who he was. He's an amazing singer, songwriter, composer and performer. He gave me a sense of belonging and understanding. He sang songs that made me laugh and think. The one song that really made me laugh was "You Don't Have to Shave Your Legs For Me". What a fun song that was. He performed a total of six songs while accompanying Mindi on many of her own.Mindi was a fantastic hostess as well as a performer. She engaged the crowd between every song. She encouraged more wine drinking and dancing. She was full of energy that night. Although her vocals are not a strong point for me, she sang a couple of her tunes and played the heck out of her saxophone.Mindi brought on the stage Ellis. You have to forgive me, I do not remember his last name. He was the last artist that Ray Charles signed onto his record label before his passing. Ellis is the voice behind the California Raisins commercials.Eliis was brought on stage by his guide, he is blind, and took his place behind the keyboard. Once he sat down the party started in full swing. His voice commanded you out of your seat and start dancing. He played the keyboards as if it was a drum set. He plunked on those keys and they sent out sounds I never heard before. He brought the concert to another level that never left.When they came back for their second set, they picked up right where they left off. We were all on our feet and having one big dance party.The crowd was cheering for an encore but after the second set of non-stop jams and dancing, we couldn't get them to continue.The concert ended on a very high note. It was a great night for a concert with that energy. It has seem that this year's summer concert series performers are lacking something. It never used to be like this. I remember when every concert was electric and energizing. This year it seems to drag a little.All in all, we will continue to go and have a good time. As long as the artists keep coming, then so shall we.Until next week,DJ Sherry B
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