Daryl Hall brings his “house” to HOB

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For the better part of the last five years, Daryl Hall has been bringing a monthly performance to the web called “Live From Daryl’s House”. Thursday night at the House of Blues, Hall brought his “house” to Boston with help from special guests Sharon Jones and Allen Stone.

“Live From Daryl’s House” takes place in the barn at Hall’s home, which he recreated on stage, performing in front on three wooden log walls. “Daryl’s House” shows almost always feature guests, from well-established artists like Smokey Robinson and Nick Lowe, to up-and-comers like Stone, and Boston’s own Eli “Paperboy” Reed. After kicking off the show with a few songs off his recent solo album, Laughing Down Crying, Hall invited fellow soul singer Allen Stone out to share the stage. Hall introduced the relatively unknown singer, saying that he was a kid who “impressed the shit” out of him, which he would immediately do to the audience as well with his beautiful voice. Stone’s falsetto on “Unaware”, off his self-released, self-titled album was particularly impressive, capped off with a little howl from Hall.

Sharon Jones then shared the stage with Hall, turning him and his band into her Dap Kings as she kicked up the energy level, shaking her stuff with “100 Days, 100 Nights” and belting out “I Learned the Hard Way”.
Hall’s online shows often feature a cooking portion, which he also brought to the live performance with a pre-taped video of him and his guests making cheesesteaks with Chef Tony Luke. It turned out to be an unnecessary break, better off filled by more music. Perhaps not every part of the web series needs to be recreated onstage.

When the band returned, Jones and Stone both joined Hall as they traded off songs before serving as two of the best backup singers a guy could ask for as the man of the house served up some Hall & Oates classics. Hall slowed things down with “Everytime You Go Away”, before a funky run towards the encore included Stone’s “What I’ve Seen” and H&O’s “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”. The show ended in grand fashion, with an extended jam on “You Make My Dreams”.

Sure, you can get a glimpse into “Daryl’s House” for free once a month, but being invited in oneself with his current touring show is certainly worth putting your money down.

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