Transit Authority traveled down from Minneapolis to treat a large Pearson Lakes Art Center crowd to an evening of the best music possible last Thursday night.
The Chicago tribute band is comprised of outstanding musicians, two of whom are Iowa RockNRoll Hall of Fame members. Keyboard player Mack McCormick, from Storm Lake, has been inducted twice in Iowa and twice in South Dakota. Bass player Butch Zierath from Sioux Falls is in the Iowa Hall once and South Dakota three times.
Lead guitarist was Billy Davis with Scott (Crash) Johnson playing the saxophone, Tom Tange on trumpet, and Allan Lecher the trombone.
The founder of the band is Tim Ellis, owner of Ellis Drum Shop in the Twin Cities. He is the most animated drummer I have ever watched! Ellis was not pounding the drums but truly playing them to their potential. His drum solo was awesome.
The singer was Barry Patrick who had an incredibly strong high range and a great voice to listen to all night long. He had a dry sense of humor and was the "front man" for the group. His antics and stories added much to the show.
They did a fantastic job on vocals as well. Their vocal harmonies and instrumentals were so perfectly matched to the sounds of Chicago, that you could shut your eyes and not tell the difference.
Authority started their show with a song with one of the longest titles in history -- "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" The Lauridsen Theatre was nearly full to capacity so there was lots of body movement from the very beginning as we all kept time with the beat of the music.
Since Chicago had a long string of hits, we sat back and waited to hear our individual favorites. Transit Authority did not let us down. We enjoyed "Hard To Say I'm Sorry," "Your the Inspiration," "Hard Habit to Break" and "Will You Still Love Me?" and many more.
"Saturday In The Park" had everyone singing along. Then they did one of my all time favorite songs "Colour My World" with stellar harmonies.
Patrick sang a beautiful rendition of "Wishin' You Were Here" for his five daughters back home. It produced moments of melancholy for all of us.
The encore of "25 Or 6 To 4" had us all standing and dancing as well as singing along; the perfect ending to an amazing evening of super songs performed by the best Chicago tribute band ever. Thank you Transit Authority and I truly hope to see you again soon.