Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hot Tickets

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hot Tickets

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Hot Tickets covers the period from Friday through the following Thursday. Our opinionated selections put an emphasis on acts you might otherwise overlook. DON'T MISS

Tony Bennett, Powell Hall, Friday through Sunday, May 10-12

I've seen Tony Bennett's name thrown about as if his new-found resurgence in popularity was responding to the same kitsch principles that have made "The Brady Bunch Movie" one of the biggest grossers of the year.

This boggles the mind! Are there actually people out there who can hear the man sing and think he's operating on the same level as a Wayne Newton or an Anthony Newley?

Simply put, Tony Bennett is as purely brilliant a vocalist as you'll find working in any idiom. His phrasing is straight, with a bit of a jazz twist; his range is astounding; and his sense of dynamics can take your breath away.

The songs he sings are all from what he refers to as "the great American songbook," which means the pop standards written by the likes of Gerswhin, Berlin and Porter. He's spent nearly 50 years interpreting this material and has honed his understanding of the lyrics and the melodies down to their very core.

I've seen Bennett twice, and he is still growing as a singer.

Just because he's willing to act goofy during a Super Bowl halftime show, or appear as a guest on "The Simpsons," doesn't mean Bennett is an out-of-touch has-been trying to make a few extra bucks in the twilight of his career. Nope, this man is the real thing, an artist who can and will send chills up and down your spine through the passion of his delivery and the delights inherent in the songs he sings. Steve Pick


John Michael Montgomery, Fox Theatre, Friday, March 10

Montgomery has more than his share of hits to make him familiar to country fans. We're more interested in the raves garnered in the press for the Tractors, who appear to rock their country in a more old-fashioned way than many. …

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