Milwuakee, WI (USA) Riverside Theater - April 5, 1995

Crowd flies with Crow at Riverside concert

by Andy Angeli

A sold-out Riverside audience was treated to the laid-back atmosphere and free-flowing creativity of a Wednesday Night Music Club. While sometimes seated on a couch, Sheryl Crow, with her folksy lyrics and Southern style, created a comfortable, pleasant feeling. The rest of the evening, this recent Grammy winner captivated an enthusiastic audience with clean rhythms and straightforward vocals.

The show started with the upbeat "Wheel," rolling the show off on the right note. The set flowed along nicely with Cromilwuaw's raspy vocals on "Can't Cry," which resembled the Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Woman," and the Beatles-like sound of "Run Baby Run."

"Keep On Growing," featured in the current movie "Boys on the Side," was short yet sweet. The homey furnishings, with couches, tables with lava lights and Afghan-covered pillows, decorated the stage when Crow slowed the pace of the evening with a series of creatively assembled acoustic numbers, the first being a rewritten version of "All I Wanna Do."

The poetic rhythm took the crowd by surprise. Crow continued with the very popular, yet on the verge of being overplayed, "Strong Enough," and the Led Zeppelin remake of "D'yer Mak'er," which appears on "Encomium, A Tribute to Led Zeppelin."

Both songs featured Crow's mastery of the accordion. The blending of chords by Crow on accordion and her lead guitarist revitalized the Jimmy Page riffs in "D'yer Mak'er" that commonly send an audience into an air-guitar frenzy.

The pinnacle of the show was the reappearance of opening act Freddie Jones on the Steve Miller classic "The Joker." Crow and Jones swapped verses with the help of the sing-along audience.

Crow ended the show with an encore of two songs, "What I Could Do" and "I Feel Happy."

Earlier in the show, Crow said that they would be partying because it was the last day on their tour, and party they did. Maybe Crow's Wisconsin drummer, Walter Ingram, celebrated with her over a brat and a beer.

Grammy-winner Sheryl Crow sings and plays the accordion, too.

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The, Apr 14, 1995