Friday, June 7, 2013 • Doors 7pm • Show 8pm • $8 Advance • $10 Day of Show • All Ages
The Doors’ sound is timeless. Their music lives on, as blues and classic rock lovers everywhere?continue to elevate the deserving band to legendary status. In keeping with tradition, however, ?legends, in order to become legendary, must first disappear. When Moonlight Drive takes the ?stage—the legend is reborn.
Moonlight Drive has established themselves as one of the top performing tribute bands currently ?touring the Midwest. Dustin Lentz hauntingly resurrects Ray Manzarek’s keyboarding style, recently ?acquiring a 1971 Fender Rhodes Piano Bass, and a 1968 Gibson G-101 Kalamazoo Organ. Tim Utter, who adds an important dynamic to a number of local acts, is vital as Robby Krieger. His talent is noticeably showcased with Moonlight Drive. David Damm, on percussion, uses a matching mod orange percussion set as John Densmore did. His performance style displays mastery, and is pure joy to witness. When Robert Shannon commands the microphone, it is as if he has evoked the spirit of Jim Morrison, delivering to audiences the same raw energy, and emotionally seductive performance ?they would expect from one of rock’s most inspired, unrestrained, and tragic icons. With these four ?talents, an audiences’ eye becomes a wandering spotlight.
There is one important ingredient that Moonlight Drive brings to every venue they play. Lentz, Utter, Damm, and Shannon, find a way to weave individualism into their ?portrayals of Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, John Densmore, and Jim Morrison—collectively, The Doors. Not only do they find a way, but the band’s live show benefits from each artist’s emotionally ?driven performance that gives knowing and unfamiliar audiences alike the feeling that Moonlight ?Drive is an original band.
Doing so also further parallels the Doors stage performance style. Every live show was its own event. ?Even those on the inside, including the band members themselves, knew that the only real ‘inside’ lay ?inside their own hearts and minds. The same songs sounded different almost every time they were ?played. Solos were taken at different times, poetry was added or taken away, and jams took their ?own shape guided only by emotion and atmosphere. The members of Moonlight Drive know what it ?is to feel the music, and the audience benefits from that.
Emotion is the common thread. It drives the creation of great music, whether that of The Doors, ?or that of Moonlight Drive, and connects the audience to the entertainer. It is the heartbeat manifested ?by throbbing speakers, and the life communicated by an affected audience. Whatever your age or ?expectation, and whatever your knowledge of The Doors and their music, an audience listening or ?grooving to Moonlight Drive is always an audience affected.