Lyle Lovett and His Large Band 

When: Tue., July 14, 8 p.m. 2009

What: A genre-hopping singer-songwriter whose modest celebrity and considerable body of work have resulted in a sizable cult following, Lyle Lovett is the kind of established semi-star who can fill big halls with little to no radio play. And he’ll do so this week at Minglewood Hall. I’m not a big fan of Lovett’s recorded output — on record I find his singing too weak, his songwriting often more clever than smart, and the class-signifying jazz tinges too staid — but when I first saw him onstage fronting his big band (an outfit equally comfortable with country, folk, jazz, gospel, and blues) about a decade ago, he won me over. Lovett excels as a bandleader and is a more engaging personality in person. You can judge for yourself Tuesday, July 14th, at Minglewood Hall. Tickets are $61.50. Showtime is 8 p.m. — Chris Herrington

— Chris Herrington

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The show was entertaining. Lyle has a very talented line-up of musicians. His backup singers, 3 dapper gentlemen, and talented, gritty, female singer, put on quite a show After a few sound glitches, they sounded great. Lyle Lovett's on-stage banter is also quite entertaining, though hard to hear at times - which brings up the only down side of the evening. There were groups of people congregating in the back of the room that insisted on talking through most of the show. We were seated toward the rear, center stage. The back two rows of our section also talked through most of the show. A few brave souls attempted to shush them, but were ignored. The staff of Minglewood Hall wisely moved their portable bars outside the room to the large outer hallway just before the show started to try to discourage this type of behavior, but failed to even attempt to move the loudmouths out there (where they would still be able to hear the music) where they could make noise to their hearts content. For God's sake people, go to a bar to drink and yell over the music.

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Posted by bamagirl on 07/17/2009 at 8:06 AM
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