There are some nights, although few and far between, that are perfect—everything seems to go better than imagined. So when I found free parking for a free show at the Theatre of Living Arts that Illinois was playing, I was already beginning to feel some kind of magic in the air.
The show was scheduled to begin at 7pm and I arrived about ten minutes late with Billy Mungus’ set already in progress. Billy Mungus and band opened the show to a slowly growing audience. As the set progressed more and more people filled the venue. As far as music goes, I really enjoyed Billy Mungus’ set. He’s clearly a good singer-songwriter.
Underwater Window Garden took the middle time slot. Sunday night was their cd release show for ‘The Great Divide’. Based on what I heard Sunday night, I’m not familiar with Underwater Window Garden’s music otherwise, their music is definitely worth ones time. Underwater Window Garden is beautifully blended vocals, good songwriting, great music, and some seriously sweet guitar tones. Underwater Window Garden definitely has my attention now.
Last but never to be considered least was—Illinois! Yes, Illinois is the only reason why I decided to attend Sunday’s show. Although in hindsight I’m glad that I got to see Billy Mungus and Underwater Window Garden. I have seen Illinois’ live shows more times than I can remember and Illinois never ceases to amaze. Sunday night Illinois took to the stage with their familiar lovable gusto with the intent to play great music and to have a good time—and that they did. Illinois’ genre melding music is the product of great songwriting, honest vocals, and a group of friends who love to play music and it shows. Oh my, the fun that Illinois has on stage while creating great music is such a refreshing and wonderful sight that generates an awesome wave of energy that pours out into the audience and fills the entire venue causing everyone to have a great time.
Time and time again I try to be “professional” and speak of Illinois with neutral feelings but I take too much pride in finding great music that downplaying my love of Illinois’ music would be a great disservice to music enthusiasts everywhere. Illinois is amazing! If you have yet to discover this band and give them a listen—what are you waiting for?
Between sets throughout the entire night we were treated to the musical creativity of DJ Skipmode while the Eagles played on the giant screen. In many ways it was the best use of between set downtime that I’ve ever seen. Yes, all of this in the same night made it absolutely perfect.