Friday Night: Dwight Yoakam at Arena Theatre
Here's wishing for Stinson to have a loud and rowdy 2013 with that promised new album.
The crowd for this show wasn't as frothing and lustful as the 2011 gaggle -- blame holiday fatigue? -- but I still saw a middle-aged woman dancing at her seat with her crutches thrown aside. I mean, wouldn't Yoakam's glam-rocked cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" of course have the ability to fuse together bone?
The healing power of guitars and lava lamps is real.
Her friend was doing "the swim" during "Little Ways," or at least something close to it. A continuous procession of fans walked to the stage to take pictures on their cellphones, but they were shut down by Arena staff. A Yoakam encore seemed unlikely given his condition, but after a few minutes of cheers and hollering he and the band arrived back on the stage, reloaded for another round.
The healing power of a (happy) Houston crowd.
Personal Bias: Dwight turns any crowd into a sweaty, dancing mess.
The Crowd: It's just too bad that everyone's jeans seemed to be too tight Friday night for a full-on dance orgy in the crowd.
Overheard In the Crowd: "Was he the musician married to that one lady?"
Random Notebook Dump: This show and the one in the summer of 2011 were almost identical, save for the new material, which didn't tarnish the effect in the slightest. A good deja vu.