Transit Authority gave the audience what they wanted and more Friday night.
The tribute band played many of the band Chicago's famous songs with skill and perhaps too much volume at the Pearson Lakes Art Center.
Eight extremely talented musicians make up the band that travels all over the country from their base in the Twin Cities. Each man is multi-talented. However the instruments were so loud, it was difficult to hear the vocals on many of the songs. The decibel level got to the dangerous zone a few times.
Thanks to my set of ear plugs, I was able to enjoy the entire show. The guys started right out warbling, "As I was walking down the street one day," and we knew we were in for an evening of great music.
The harmonies and intense interpretation of the song "Colour My World" were superb. It was beautifully performed and one of my favorites of the evening.
The musicians on stage were Tim Ellis, Barry Patrick, Tom Tange, Scott Johnson, Butch Zierath, Alan Lecher, Brandon Lenz and Dave on keyboards. Sorry, but I didn’t catch his last name.
Zierath was a very familiar face to many of us. He is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and has been inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame three times. He was also inducted in Iowa with Hot Rod Chevy Kevy. He told me after the show that he will be inducted again in South Dakota in April with the band Powerplay. Zierath has full command of his bass guitar and a great singing voice as well.
Barry Patrick is a great vocalist who also serves as their emcee. He has a dry, quick wit and is quite entertaining.
The group sang "Wishing You Were Here" for their families back home. We all cheered for Tange as he had just beat leukemia and saluted Alan Lecher, a Gulf War veteran.
Among the hits they did for us were "You're The Inspiration," "Make Me Smile" and "Hard To Say I'm Sorry."
"Saturday In The Park" had us all giving them a standing ovation. They obliged us and returned to the stage so we remained on our feet and clapped along to "25 or 6 to 4."
Transit Authority finished out the night with "I Just Want To Be Free" and did a clever exit from the stage one by one.
All eight musicians came out to the lobby to visit with the members of the audience after an evening of magnificent music superbly performed.