“Nice venue,” both Daryl Hall and John Oates decided shortly after taking the state at the Lakeview Amphitheater on Saturday night.
For our second visit to the new venue on the shore of Onondaga Lake, my dear wife Karen and I agreed.
We arrived around 6 p.m., some 90 minutes before show time. Cruised into the parking lot. Passed on the deal that offered lawn-to pavilion upgrades for $20 a ticket, the price I’d bought these on special. I didn’t want to double down.
We knew from our experience opening night last September with country star Miranda Lambert to take our chairs-in-a-bag toward the left side of the lawn to get closest to the pavilion.
We ended up sitting a couple dozen feet from the rail, no poles blocking our view. I walked to the concession stand to bring back two really big Labatt’s Blue Light cans.
Hover over any gallery photo for a description. Click on an image for an enlarged slide show.
I took some photos with my iPhone 6. We hung out and talked. Karen took off the for merch tent and bought T-shirts for son Daryl — Live from Daryl’s House, just perfect — and a way cool retro-looking Hall and Oates for me.
The opener, Mayer Hawthorne, was pleasantly soulful for a dude from Detroit. WE both liked him.
The sun set gloriously in the break between sets. I shot away with my iPhone 6, naturally, basking in the glow.
And then came the Philly guys, Hall and Oates, a duo that’s been making me happy since my college days down the road at SUNY Morrisville, when my pals Twenty and Shultsie and I would hear “She’s Gone” on the radio in the radio room of the library every day at the same time when we were freshman — and sing along.
In my days toiling as the reviewer for the big daily, I’d have commented that Hall’s voice can’t get to the very highest notes anymore. No matter. And I’d also have pointed out that Oates did very well on his parts, including during the Righteous Brothers’ classic “You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling.”
Their 14 songs were enjoyable, through and through. I got to hold my dear wife Karen’s had through “Sara Smile,” and we weren’t together when that one came out. Nice. Very nice.
Hall and Oates make me feel young with “Out of Touch,” the first two minutes of which I shot with my iPhone 6.
Here’s my attempt to let you know just what the Lakeview Amphitheater offers during “Las Vegas Turnaround (The Stewardess Song)”
Next up for us at the Amphitheater comes the double headliner bill of Counting Crows and Rob Thomas in mid-August. I’m looking more forward to the Crows, Karen awaits Thomas. Another $20 ticket score. Yay, us.
Are you a fan of Hall and Oates from their 1970s and 80s run of hits? What’s your favorite Hall and Oates song? What do you think of the Lakeview Amphitheater?