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The Mavericks
with Junior Brown
A Concert Review

July 10, 1996

Skyline Stage

Chicago, IL

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
The Mavericks didn't even take the stage yet, and I knew that at worst they would get one thumb up. Why? How could base my judgment without even hearing the band? What could sway me so much that it didn't matter what the band sounded like or if the crowd liked them? It was a lava lamp, and not just a lava lamp, but four lava lamps around the keyboardist's set-up. I knew this band had to be good because they had lava lamps, and lava lamps are a great start Anyway, there was a show, and that's what I'm here for.

One thing I like about my job is that I take a little while to get a review written. This gives me some time to think about the show a little more, not to be so wrapped up in the moment so I can be objective, and to read other people's reviews before I write mine. No, it's not to copy them, but to wonder if that guy or girl was at the same show I was. I read this one review that started kinda nice, but by the end just wailed on The Mavericks, how the show was over-done, he didn't like the jokes the band made that the crowd liked, he didn't appreciate the Neil Diamond cover tune, and he didn't seem to like the lava lamps either. Why review the show if you can't say if the crowd liked it or not? Sure, give your own opinion, but who gives a shit about your opinion if you're not a fan, or can't at least pretend to be a fan? If the fans enjoyed it, isn't that what matters, and isn't that what will matter to the other fans that will go to see the show. I'm sorry, I just hate reading reviewers that don't like a style of music, go to see the show, and just blast a band who put on a great show for the fans. Alright, enough editorial comments, but I think you can tell I liked The Mavericks show here in Chicago, even though I'm not a big Mavericks fan, and I think anyone who reads this one guys review that I read will get the totally wrong impression of the Mavericks, and that impression should be that if you like country, rock, a little blues, and a sound that kinda reminds me of Elvis, you'll like the Mavericks too.

The Mavericks are a band that kinda sound like Elvis, but a little bit more country, and a little bit more '90s. Live, they kinda sounds like the CD, but they add a bit more showmanship, have fun, work with the crowd, and just all-in-all put on a good show. With an opening of thunder and rain effects, "Here Comes the Rain" got the crowd knowing who they came to see. They played their hits, you've might have heard them, "Missing You," "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down," "Oh What a Thrill," they played other people's hits, "Okie from Muskogee," "All That Heaven Will Allow," and even some Neil Diamond, they had fun when some guy yelled a request for "Freebird" to which the band gave the reply "Shut Up. Can't you see I'm telling a story?" and basically jammed for over an hour.

The band is talented, and knows how to have a good time, and more importantly, knows how to make the crowd have a good time - which they did. Without getting to goofy and flashy, I'll just say The Mavericks put on a great show. They mix up their hits with other people's hits, do what they do and do it well, and have a sound that is refreshing over some of the "commercial" country that is hitting the airwaves. Good showmen, a lot of fun, a Neil Diamond cover, and lava lamps - there's only one rating The Mavericks can 96-2009 EA Enterprises, Inc.
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