Leon Russell and Southside Johnny &The Asbury Jukes at the NYCB Theatre
Russell and his bandlongtime bassist Jackie Wessel, drummer Brandon Holder and keyboardist/lap steel guitarist/mandolinist Beau Charronhad the audience shouting encouragement and dancing in the aisles to a stellar set that included: "Delta Lady, "Wild Horses," "Satisfaction," "Georgia On My Mind," "A Song For You" and a souped-up, honky-tonking version on The Beatles
' "I've Just Seen A Face" that would not have been out of place in a southern roadhouse. Each song was performed with precision and in Russell's distinct manner and arranged in such a way as to make the crowd keenly aware of what the song was, while still allowing Russell to take ownership of the piece. The evening ended with Russell playing "Roll Over Beethoven" with such speed that would suggest, if heard in a vacuum, that the band was being chased by the police.
As the audience made its way toward the doors, the audience members were overheard saying how enjoyable The Persuasions were; how much energy Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes brought to the venue; and how amazed they were by Leon Russell's playing and performance.Photo CreditChristine Connallon