Niagara Gazette

Night & Day

June 26, 2013

Chicago puts on quite a party Tuesday night at Artpark

Night & Day — LEWISTON — It was another day in the park, people dancing, people smiling, a man playing guitar, singing for us all. Chicago made it feel like a Saturday in the park, with a powerful performance that touched on all phases of their incredible career.

Even though the studio versions of Chicago’s songs propelled them to stardom, they are a band whose music is meant to be experienced live. With their signature sound propelled by one of the best horn sections in modern music, Chicago is able to turn an amphitheater into what feels like the greatest wedding reception of all time.

Whether they are performing a powerhouse number likes “25 or 6 to 4” and “Feeling Stronger,” or power ballads like “Hard Habit to Break,” it all weaves together to create an incredibly diverse evening of music that should not fit together, and yet it does.

As a band, Chicago does not have a sole member that stands above the rest. In many ways, the departure of Peter Cetera many years ago when he began becoming larger than his band, proved to be a blessing in disguise for Chicago.

Throughout the evening’s performance, the instruments changed, the vocalists changed and every member had an opportunity to bask in the spotlight. Even the drummer and percussionist were given a drum solo, and it was done so well nobody went rushing to the restrooms or to get beer during it.

The band played two sets, and each set could have stood on its own. The first set featured some classic numbers like “Questions 67 & 68” and The Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon” a suite that features “Make Me Smile” and “Colour My World.”

It was during the second set that Chicago put on the evening’s best performances on both the ballads and the up-tempo numbers.

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