Counting Crows packed out Chicago’s lakefront Northerly Island venue on a very cold September evening.

On a weekend that was full of live music shows in Chicago, fans turned up en masse to the outdoor event despite the sudden unseasonably cold temperatures.

Hollis Brown was the first up ready to start the night off, shortly followed by the soulful funky sounds of Citizen Cope. With the crowd nicely warmed up, it was time for the Counting Crows to take to the stage, and within seconds everyone forgot the cold and jumped to their feet, singing along word for word with every bit as much passion as Adam Duritz.

Everyone knows the Counting Crows’ songs, but if you haven’t yet seen them perform live, do yourself a favor and buy a ticket today. The deep, emotionally charged lyrics takes on a whole new life as Duritz makes you feel every word. You never get the feeling the songs have been sung a hundred times before that the meaning and feelings have gone. They are very much evident.

Besides the passion and emotion, Duritz’s voice is phenomenal live. It’s an unfortunate rarity these days to go to a live show where there isn’t someone behind you talking throughout. However, go and see the Counting Crows and the talking stopped as everyone takes in the performance – couples hugging each other while singing along and swaying, friends shouting every word of the songs at each other…

It wouldn’t be a Counting Crows show without the ever popular “Mr Jones,” “Omaha,” and of course, “Rain King,” which all had the whole of FirstMerit Bank Pavilion on their feet singing back to the band. However, it has to be said, that there is a new popular song on the block in “Palisades Park” from their latest album, “Somewhere Under Wonderland.” That is definitely a song they will be performing for several years to come.

You can tell this band have been together for a long time. The musicianship is phenomenal and you get the feeling that songs are probably played a little differently every night. When someone decides to change something up the rest of the band seem to instinctively follow and this definitely keeps things interesting for the fans and the band.

A great evening, which felt like you were watching a group of best friends having a fun night together. The smiles on their faces were infectious!

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About The Author

Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!

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