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Crow Spreads the Love at Ravinia

Ravinia Festival

HIGHLAND PARK, IL - Listening to Sheryl Crow lay out hit after hit, and some of her new music, made for an excellent Friday night at Ravinia on July 7th.  Crow was in great form for the performance which was part of her "Be Myself Tour 2017." And even if she wasn't, the Ravinia setting delivers a concert like no other venue.

Josh Wood from Milwaukee was at Ravinia for the first time and was impressed.

Laurie Horton also traveled to Ravinia from Wisconsin.  She's is from a village called Walworth and had been to Ravinia about three times.  She had seen the Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty previously and said she would likely be coming back this year to see Alanis Morrissette.

Crow hit the stage at about 8:30 and played until 10 o'clock, opening with "Everyday is a Winding Road," then going into "A Change Would Do You Good," followed by "All I Wanna Do."

Other popular songs included "My Favorite Mistake," "Long Way Back, " "Can't Cry Anymore," "The First Cut is the Deepest," and "Halfway There," which is a new song.  When she introduced it, she commented on the most recent Presidential election.

Toward the beginning of the show, before her third song, "All I Wanna Do," she had asked the audience 'how was their 4th of July' and commented that she is proud to have been born in the U.S.

She gave "All I Wanna Do" a personal local touch by changing the lyric from 'This LA to this is Chicago"  and that got a good response.

I personally was unaware that Crow was so multi-talented.  She played several instruments.  The guitar and bass, I knew she played.  But she also played the keyboard, harmonica and the tambourine.

She recovered well when she forgot some of the lyrics to a song or two.  Crow later took the opportunity to tell the audience that 'she doesn't lip synch saying, 'we don't play the tape.'   

She wore a sleeveless t-shirt with the word "lover" on the front.  Crow and the six musicians in her band spread the love around well in the form of a great performance with a couple of encores.

They ended with "If it Makes You Happy" and Soak Up the Sun."  Many were singing along...many were also  dancing.

Sharon Jackson is the local host of "All Things Considered" and a reporter for Lakeshore Public Radio. She has been with 89.1 FM since its launch in 2009. Sharon is also a radio DJ in Chicago, and has been since 2004. In her previous job at Metro Networks/Westwood One, she was heard on am 890 WLS, WGN radio 720 am and am 560 WIND. She has also delivered news and traffic reports on radio stations all over Chicago and the suburbs including 95.9 The River, 98.3 WCCQ and Star 96.7.
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