Blood Sweat & Tears with Bo Bice (Chrissi Poland)
Blood Sweat & Tears brings a historic good time to The Paramount in Huntington, NY
Blood Sweat & Tears began their musical journey back in 1967 and I can not help but wonder if originating member, Bobby Colomby, could have imagined what his band would go on to do over the next fifty years. With a vision, and an ear, BS&T fused rock and jazz to form a sound no others were producing at the time. Breaking ground and gaining a hardcore fan base, it is no surprise that they have won numerous awards over the years.
Also over the years there have been well over one hundred and fifty musicians that played and toured under the BS&T name. Keeping the music and tradition alive in 2017, the touring members are Bo Bice (vocals), Dillon Kondor (guitar), Ric Fierabracci (bass), Glenn McClelland (keyboards), Dylan Elise (drums), Ken Gioffre (saxophone) and Musical Director, Brad Mason (trumpet).
BS&T made a stop at The Paramount in Huntington, NY.
It would be their second to last show of 2017, which they toured long and hard all throughout the year. While the show was not sold out there was a strong showing of fan support and it was hard to find an empty seat on the floor. The mezzanine was also pretty cozy with fans all a buzz waiting for the show to start.
Warming up the crowd was Chrissi Poland, a singer-songwriter from right in the New York City area. She only played a mere fifteen minutes but she, and her keyboard, packed that time with three original songs and a cover of Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”
With the warm tone of her voice and soothing smile, she definitely had the crowd in the palm of her hands, and she was a great opening act to set the mood for what was about to happen next.
Clocking in as the shortest intermission I have ever witnessed, in fifteen minutes BS&T came out on stage. Greeted with a roar of cheers they were about to take the fans on a long and rich musical journey. Starting with “More and More,” “Lucretia MacEvil,” and “Hi De Ho” a Carole King cover, they kept it moving with “Go Down Gamblin’” and “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know.”
Bice would introduce members if they took a few moments in the spotlight to solo, he would also talk about the history of the songs as well as the history of current and past band members throughout the show.
After “Surreptitious” and “I Can’t Quit Her,” it was time to get a little festive and do a holiday song, “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” which included a little interlude of the instrumental Peanuts Christmas song too. They then went on to play “Smiling Phases,” “God Bless the Child,” “And When I Die” and the crowd pleasing “Spinning Wheel.”
After leaving the stage for a quick break the band returned to play a three song encore of “Vehicle,” an incredible version of the Allman Brothers Band’s “Midnight Rider” and a song that everyone in the house knew all the words to as they sang along, “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” and that song definitely made all the fans happy that night.
BS&T show no signs of slowing down. If you visit their tour page you will see that 2018 is already chock full of dates and I am thinking quite a few more will be added. I found it interesting that not one originating member is still playing with the band, yet it did not have an impact on the fan experience.
Bice kept the history alive and honored every musician that came before and because there is such honor paid it did not feel as if there was anything missing. The musicianship of everyone on stage was amazingly on point and every note was to perfection. So do not miss your chance next year to see this band live, it is an experience you do not want to miss.
Catch them this coming year: