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June 3, 2008 - Phyllis Sigal
Willie Dixon. Muddy Waters. Arthur "Blind Willie" Reynolds. John Lee Hooker. Robert Johnson. Bo Diddley. Jimi Hendrix.
They all joined Eric Clapton in concert Saturday night at Blossom Music Center, located between Akron and Cleveland.
Well, not in person ... but, surely in spirit.
The greats in the blues world were as evident throughout the night as was Clapton's own musical genius.
Clapton did perform a few songs he has penned — "Running on Faith," "Tell the Truth," "Layla" and "Wonderful Tonight" — but the majority of the numbers he played were written by those listed above. The blues groove went deep — as it always has in Clapton's music.
Some Clapton fans may not have been happy with the set list ... some of the obvious favorites were missing. But to any hard-core blues fan, the night was magic.
And speaking of set list, the set list is readily available online these days for various concerts - if you don't enjoy the surprise element of waiting for that favorite song. I noticed my husband Bruce looking at his phone throughout the concert, and wondered what was so important on that darn phone. Then I looked and noticed that he was scrolling through the set list! I looked to see what had been played, and tried hard not to look at what was next, but one accidental scroll, and I saw what songs were to come.
Blossom Music Center is a beautiful venue situated on 300 acres of natural woods. It's a pretty drive along windy, tree-lined roads through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to get to the facility. It is the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra.
The grassy area is much more negotiable than the Post-Gazette Pavilion in nearby Pennsylvania, however, I am still not a fan of lawn seats. With lawn seats, a trek to the restroom is impossible for me. With my lack of sense of direction, I'd never find my way back to the blanket. Therefore, with no restroom trips in the mix for the night, no beverages are in the picture. So, as I've told a couple people, the concert was great, but I didn't have a good time!
Cuyahoga Fall Set List / 31 May 2008:
1. Motherless Children 2. Key To The Highway 3. Hoochie Coochie Man 4. Little Wing 5. Outside Woman Blues 6. Double Trouble 7. Don't Knock My Love 8. Drifting 9. Rockin' Chair 10. Motherless Child 11. Travelling Riverside Blues 12. Running On Faith 13. Tell The Truth 14. Little Queen of Spades 15. Before You Accuse Me 16. Wonderful Tonight 17. Layla 18. Cocaine Encore: 19. I've Got My Mojo Working (with Robert Randolph)
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