Americana band JD & The Straight Shot rolled into Chicago’s lakefront Huntington Bank Pavilion in support of Eagles co-founding member Don Henley last Saturday night amid threatening skies and severe thunderstorm warnings by the National weather service.

The band is the project of New York Cablevision Systems Corporation CEO James Dolan who contributes lead guitar and vocals in the group is the only one without the traditional music background. He however surrounds himself with some very skilled musicians such as Marc Copley (Rosanne Cash) on guitar, Erin Slaver (Rod Stewart) on Violin, Byron House (Dolly Parton and Robert Plan) on bass among others. He has done a good job bringing them together into a solid band that seems to enjoy what they do, and the stage chemistry certainly shows that.

Performing in front of several thousand attendees, Dolan took the band through the 45 minute set composed of original material from their latest album including the title song Ballyhoo, Perdition and Better Find a Church plus older material and several covers including Sprit’s “Nature’s Way” and Little Feat’s “Let it Roll”. A bit of storytelling preceded each song.

Highlight was the fiddle playing of violinist Erin Slaver who added sparkle to an already enjoyable performance! I would look forward to seeing JD & The Straight Shot perform in a more intimate venue!

Minutes prior to Don Henley taking the stage, the venue was evacuated due to severe weather in the area. He performed a shortened set more than ninety minutes late from the scheduled time after the dangerous conditions passed.

Roman Sobus

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Photos © 2017 by: Roman Sobus