Dancing The Night Away With The Mavericks

Yes, I saw The Mavericks two nights in a row – they are that good!

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Sunday night’s show was at The Wilbur which afforded me a different experience than the previous evening did. The floor was general admission standing, so I decided to stand at the stage rather than sit in the front row of the mezzanine. I am so glad I did.

Eddie and Raul

Eddie and Raul

In my opinion, there are pros and cons to standing up at the stage (or sitting in the front row, for that matter). The biggest negative is that the sound is rarely as good as being further back in the audience, with the possible exception being acoustic guitars because you can hear them unamplified.

The biggest positive is that the energy level is usually incredible. You’re also really up close and personal with the band and the band can feed off the crowd’s energy.

Raul

Raul

All that was true on Sunday night. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to see that Robert’s eyes are a gorgeous blue and that Jerry Dale wears incredible socks (I love crazy socks, so I can relate to that).

Jerry Dale's Socks

Jerry Dale’s Socks

Robert

Robert

The core of The Mavericks consists of Raul Malo, lead vocalist and guitarist; Jerry Dale McFadden, keyboardist; Eddie Perez, lead guitarist; Robert Reynolds, guitarist and backing vocalist; and Paul Deakin, drummer (I could not get a shot of Paul without a big cymbal blocking his face).

Raul

Raul

Eddie

Eddie

Robert

Robert

Jerry Dale

Jerry Dale

Raul has an amazing voice which has lost none of its silken qualities in the past 25 years! He could sing anything and people would melt like butter.

Raul

Raul

I was standing right in front of Jerry Dale for this show which was fabulous. He is so animated and such a good keyboardist that standing near him is probably the ideal spot!

Jerry Dale

Jerry Dale

The rest of the band on this tour are Michael Guerra on accordion, guitar, and backing vocals; Matt Cappy on trumpet; Max Abrams on saxophone; and Jay Weaver on acoustic bass. I would love to see them become permanent members of the band because they are great additions.

Michael

Michael

Matt and Max

Matt and Max

Jay

Jay

They played a similar, but not identical, set list as the previous night. They included many of their best-known songs, which is, after all, what most people came to hear; ‘Back In Your Arms Again’, ‘What A Crying Shame’, ‘There Goes My Heart’ and ‘Dance The Night Away’ were a few of those songs.

Set list

Set list

Introducing ‘Okie From Muskogee’, Raul told us that 25 years ago they opened for Marilyn Manson, saying they didn’t know who she was but it was a gig! He followed that with, “We played this next song, and it didn’t exactly win them over, but it set the tone for our career, where we’d play any song for anyone, anytime.”

Raul

Raul

The encore opened with Raul and Michael performing a duet of ‘O Sole Mio’ which Raul said they heard that afternoon on Hanover Street [in Boston’s North End]. Gorgeous, and frankly it was a much better rendition than I’ve ever heard!

The encore included KC and the Sunshine Band’s ‘Boogie Shoes’ (this does not appear on the printed set list, but they did perform it) which had the audience singing along, and ended with a rousing ‘All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down’.

Raul

Raul

I was standing next to a couple who brought their 7 1/2 year old daughter Vivien to her third Mavericks show. Robert gave her a pick very early in the show (he also gave picks to some other younger audience members), as did Raul later in the show. I was almost brought to tears when Robert gave her his leather bracelet! What a wonderfully generous and selfless thing to do. Bravo, Robert! Matt came over to talk to her after the show, too. What great guys they all are!

The Mavericks

The Mavericks

The Mavericks are touring extensively this year in celebration of their 25th anniversary. Catch a show or two if you can. I’d see them again when they swing through Massachusetts in August but I’m otherwise occupied.

Thanks to The Mavericks (and Jerry Dale) for the ticket. All opinions are my own.

About suze72

I've loved the arts all my life... I go to a lot of concerts, take lots of photos and want to share them. Every once in a while I do something other than a concert, too. The Boston area is full of opportunities to indulge my passion - I'd like to help make it yours too!

Posted on May 13, 2014, in concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. The Mavericks are the best,Raul”s voice is golden to me,has been for well over 20 years,I hope some day o get to meet them a;ll in person not jus by pictures and videos which i really enjoy, 🙂

  2. I was there at the Wilbur show as well as I had been to the Portland Maine show and Concord NH. The Wilbur show was my favorite. OK yes I went to 3 Maverick shows in a row. I’d see every show if I could. They are that good yes they are that good.

    • We might have spoken while waiting on line to get into the show… I don’t know whether I preferred Concord or the Wilbur – they were very different experiences for me. The Wilbur was pretty awesome because of the way the band reacted to the 7 1/2 year old girl standing next to me – it was very heartwarming to see.

  3. Fab reviews and fab photos too! Glad you had such a wonderful time and thanks for sharing your experiences… I just hope they come back to the UK soon! So looking forward to the new album!

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