Friday Night: Dwight Yoakam at Arena Theatre


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Opener Mike Stinson held his own, playing a quick set on the revolving stage to warm up the crowd. Stinson is of course an old friend of Dwight's, and the tight-panted one has even recorded one Stinson's songs.

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.





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Arena Theatre

7326 SW Freeway, Houston, TX

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keithkats1
keithkats1

@HonkyTonkShell. I love you and your music Mr. Yoakam!!!

TexasGrognard
TexasGrognard

@HonkyTonkShell @hprocksoff I was there, Dwight was awesome, but then again, he always is.

Creg Lovett
Creg Lovett

Three Pears was good. Arena theater has the worst usher nazis in Houston

jeffreymoran
jeffreymoran

@hprocksoff I'm a long time @dwightyoakam fan but stinky 3 pears kept me away from Friday's show. Had a great time back at the 2011 show.

HonkyTonkShell
HonkyTonkShell

@keithkats1 So do I Keith, that's why I do what I do, have a Merry Christmas Keith.

HonkyTonkShell
HonkyTonkShell

@TexasGrognard @hprocksoff Dwight is always Awesome anytime, glad you enjoyed him, I did when I seen him live.

CamByars
CamByars

@Creg Lovett The Wortham Center is even worse. They watched us like hawks at the Eddie Vedder show. No cameras allowed at all, not even crappy cell phone pics.

keithkats1
keithkats1

@HonkyTonkShell. Merry Christmas to you and yours!!!

TexasGrognard
TexasGrognard

@HonkyTonkShell @hprocksoff What I really liked is his banter with his band, you can tell he loves what he does.

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