Friday, May 25, 2007

Another "American Idol" alum coming to town

Less than a week after Bo Bice, the runner-up of Season 4 of "American Idol," rocked The Chance in Poughkeepsie — you heard about that, right?! — I see that Taylor Hicks will play the Mid-Hudson Civic Center on Aug. 16 for a 7:30 p.m. show. (That's a Thursday, btw.)

Taylor actually WON the fifth season of the show!

Tickets go on sale next Saturday (June 2) at 10 a.m.

Admittedly not knowing much about Bo, I was pleasantly surprised and impressed last week when he put on a great, acoustic show. He exemplified every bit the rock star he portrayed on "American Idol."

Taylor Hicks, though? That "Soul Patrol" of his? I'd find it kinda hard to get up for a concert by a guy that looks more like your 10th-grade biology teacher than an American "idol." (Seriously ... look at that up there! Taylor looks like he's in pain.) That said, if I can again score free tix to the show, I'm sure my GF and I will go.

Don't get me wrong: He looked very entertaining on the show and obviously someone voted for him, but I find it hard to see him selling out the Civic Center. If nothing else, based on the crowd Bo drew last Saturday, I could see him playing the Civic Center and Taylor playing the smaller, more intimate Chance.

I'm just saying!

And while we're talking "AI," could we please get some of the girls from the show to come here. I'm getting a lil' sick of posting all these pics of guys on the blog ... don't want people getting the wrong idea here!

I mean, I know Kelly Clarkson is a big star and Carrie Underwood is now an award-winning singer on her way up. But what about Katharine McPhee? She's had one good single so far ... bring her to Po-town to plug her latest project.

Until that happens, though, I'm sure local "AI" fans will enjoy Taylor's show in August.

Seacreast out!

3 comments: said...

Sean, although he may not appeal to the more typical AI crowd, Taylor has been selling out venues all over the US. My husband and I saw him in AC at Borgata, which I admit only holds 1000 people. We felt it was one of the best shows we have attended (and we have attended many), and the audience was spread across all ages from young to old. He is an entertainer in Blues music who loves to perform. I think you might be surprised at how he can draw people just might want to make sure you score those tickets...

Sean T. McMann said...

Thanks for the comment!
Don't get me wrong, I whole-heartedly think Barry Manilow is the finest performer of this or any other generation. I've seen him in concert nine times from Conn. to Fla., and he likewise draws diverse crowds. Honestly, though, from what I've seen — and that's only been a few "AI" clips — I don't see Taylor as commanding a stage like Barry. Again, I was pleasantly surprised by Bo Bice, who I'd barely heard before last week's show, so perhaps the Soul Patrol will likewise impress me.
Keep reading! :)

Anonymous said...

Great blog! I saw both Bo and Taylor at our local House of Blues. Both were great, but in different ways. I hope you give Taylor a try too - I'd be interested on your take.