Please Note: I am in no way a musical expert. In point of fact I have not been subjected to much and I never even played an instrument in school. So this “review” is strictly for my own personal entertainment value! Thanks
Huey Lewis and The News was AWESOME!
First about the venue: I have been to the Oregon Zoo MANY times, but never for a concert. We didn’t know we’d be able to take our own food inside. There was a note on the website that said to “leave your picnic at home” so we just assumed no food allowed. We also thought that when it said that the lawn opens at 5 that people would meander in and find a spot. We showed up at 3:30 and noticed people carrying chairs in. So we went ahead and grabbed our chairs. Glad we did because there was a line all the way up the ramp and wrapped all the way around the tigers and past the penguins and the monkeys. WOW! This was a bit of a surprise. So once we finally got on the lawn we were literally against the back edge of the lawn area but not all the way back by the food. On a positive note as long as you are on the front lawn and not back by the food, there really isn’t a bad seat in the house. We set out our chairs and grabbed some over priced food and a couple bottles of wine. The food left much to be desired but the Riesling was great! There were some people next to us that brought in this great little picnic set up… DUH! What am I thinking, we have one of those! Oh we will be bringing a picnic to the next concert!
And the tickets include zoo admission so we will come early and hopefully we will be able to cruise the zoo too!
About the music: He had a woman, kind of a bluesy folk singer named Alice Stuart open. In all honesty, I would have preferred the silence. She was a decent guitar player but I didn’t enjoy her voice or rhythm, and she wasn’t very believable. Huey came onstage and fixed all that! He is an enthusiastic entertainer and still has an amazing voice. The audience stood for most of the performance and most people were dancing. Granted, the majority of the audience was elder, so they sat some of the time. 🙂 The only thing he did that annoyed me was that he played an extended bluesy version of his “Bad is Bad” song (which he already played once) with that Alice chick. It was alright, but I would have rather heard another song that I hadn’t heard yet. All in all I would say that I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and I’m looking forward to B-52’s and The Go Go’s tomorrow.