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Jason Scheff nailed the vocals on “Hard Habit to Break” and “You’re the Inspiration.” During those songs couples danced together and there was not a female in the venue that wasn’t singing along with every word (the guys were too even though they probably wouldn’t admit it).
The band really caught fire during their version of the Spencer Davis Group’s “I’m a Man.” The song began with five band members each playing a different percussion instrument and creating a solid grove.
They followed that up with “Street Player” a disco song from “Chicago 13” that has aged well, especially since the disco era is looked upon with less disdain than it once was.
The evening’s high point was when the band played “Saturday in the Park” near the end of the second set. Considering how many years they certainly have been playing the song it’s incredible that they can still play it with such enthusiasm and conviction.
The same can be said for the closing number, “25 or 6 to 4” a song that has been around over forty years and yet it is still a showstopper.
Chicago’s performance at Artpark on Tuesday set the bar high for future performers in the Tuesday series. They definitely lived up to their reputation as one of the greatest party bands of all time.
Thom Jennings covers the local music scene for Night and Day.