Wednesday 23 Jul

Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 

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Rock steady

7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road
Free with park admission 

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Narrative verse

L.T.Z. with Jabee, Frank Black & more
8 p.m. Saturday
The Conservatory 
8911 N. Western Ave. 

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Dancing in the Twilight

Sunday Twilight Concert Series with The Wurly Birds
7:30 p.m. Sunday
Myriad Botanical Gardens 
301 W. Reno Ave. 

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Next big thing

As far as songs go, few prove as challenging to sing as our national anthem.

It’s a technically demanding tune from first note to last, to be sure, beginning with a low bellow that quickly soars toward star-punching high notes, eventually swelling to a show-stopping crescendo that even the most seasoned performer can have trouble mastering.

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Billy Joel — Live at Shea Stadium: The Concert

You're sorely missed, Bill.

Rod Lott March 9th, 2011

Old Billy Joel songs fit like a glove — a baseball glove, in the case of “Live at Shea Stadium,” a recording of the Piano Man’s 2008 concerts at the iconic New York stadium before it was destroyed the following year.


Knowing these were to be the final musical performances at the Shea, Joel pulls out all the stops, playing to the crowd like it’s one big party. So what if they’re a little slow to pick up on which hit the band tackles before exploding into gracious applause? At least they’re appreciative. Joel even toys with them playfully, breaking away from opening notes of “My Life” to burst out a quick rendition of “Yankee Doodle,” or seguing from the Tin Pan Alley classic “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” into his own “Piano Man.”

The two-disc lineup is heavy on early hits with workingman appeal, including “Allentown,” “Captain Jack” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.” His “Innocent Man” of the MTV era is represented only by minor hit “Keeping the Faith,” while his final albums get more play with “We Didn’t Start the Fire” (which is begging for a 20-year update), “Lullabye” and “The River of Dreams,” the latter of which connects with a cover of The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night.”

Speaking of Beatles, one of them — Paul McCartney — joins Joel for a limp “I Saw Her Standing There” and the closing “Let It Be.” Other guest stars appear, too: Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks and John Mayer, none to great effect. Perhaps sensing gimmick overload, duets with John Mellencamp, The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler are contained only on the package’s bonus DVD.

Ballads like “She’s Always a Woman” and “Goodnight Saigon” deflate the atmosphere a little, but when Joel kicks into rock gear, we’re reminded of his pop songwriting genius. Much like Shea to Mets fans, you’re sorely missed, Bill. —Rod Lott

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