Daryl Hall shines in Lowell

A review of Daryl Hall at the Lowell Summer Music Series on July 3, 2008

, Managing Editor

On a dark and rainy night in Lowell, Daryl Hall shined as he dished out the hits to his eager fans. Hall, of soft-rock legends Hall & Oates, played without his counterpart but still delivered a set filled with the duo’s tunes, despite having several albums worth of songs on his own.

Hall’s show was one of the first of this year’s Lowell Summer Music Series. Unfortunately, due to the weather the performance wasn’t able to take place at the French Street stage and it was moved to the Lowell High School auditorium. Although the setting wasn’t exactly perfect, causing a few sound problems, Hall and his band made up for it by giving the people what they wanted to hear, playing a solid set while taking several requests as well.

The show began with the Hall & Oates classic "You Make My Dreams", which quickly got the crowd smiling and set the tone for the very fan-friendly set. "Everything Your Heart Desires" followed, which featured one of many soulful screeches Hall would let loose during the evening as he proved his 60+ year old voice hasn’t lost anything over the years. Before playing a few solo songs the band played "When the Morning Comes" which, according to Daryl, they "never played back in the old days".

The band took a short break from the Hall & Oates favorites to play Daryl’s "Someone Like You" followed by "Cab Driver", off the soul man’s most recent album Can’t Stop Dreaming, neither of which were distinctly different from the Hall & Oates sound.&

"It’s Uncanny", featuring pleasantly high background vocals provided by Hall’s band, preceded "Getaway Car", which one would most likely find in the references section if there was a soft-rock textbook. Daryl then took a quick break to inform the audience about his online music showcase "Live From Daryl’s House" which occurs on the 15th of every month and features guest spots from other famous musicians. Hall then threw one more solo number into the mix with "Stop Loving Me, Stop Loving You" before a long string of Hall & Oates hits.

A request for "It’s A Laugh" was happily fulfilled as well as "Everytime You Go Away" which proved to be impressive with a smooth keyboard solo and some funky bass lines. After the requests Hall told the audience he would "stick to his set for a bit" which was a great idea because he ended up playing more popular songs than most people were calling for. "Maneater" was played with a reggae groove, which Hall called "the John Oates way", apparently the original intention for the song.&

Several "I Love You’s" were sent in Daryl’s direction during "Sara Smile" and "Rich Girl", including one from a burly sounding man’s voice in the back, bringing a smile to Daryl’s face before more people whipped out their phones and cameras to capture the moment during the classic "Rich Girl".&

"Kiss Is On My List" and "Private Eyes" ended the main set with a congregation of dancing fans in front of the stage. The crowd stayed on their feet for the encore, which began with "I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)" featuring some extra "No No No’s" for flare. The almost two hour set then came to a close with "Adult Education" and "Foolish Pride"

Daryl Hall’s show sure brightened up everyone’s rainy day in Lowell last Thursday night. Local band Jen Kearney & The Lost Onion welcomed the audience with her own soulful tunes as well as a fitting cover of Stevie Wonder’s "Livin’ For the City", an artist who seems to have greatly influence her sound.

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