BoDeans Benefit for St. Jude’s

The Vogue

Thursday, Oct. 7

The Vogue was the place to be last Thursday night, as the BoDeans came to town for a benefit supporting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. WTTS VIP listeners and their guests were invited to attend the event for a requested donation to St. Jude’s.

Prior to the BoDeans’ performance, Plainfield native Annie Steele put in an excellent, low-key, yet energized performance. Steele’s vocals were impressive: clear, strong, with an incredibly rich tone. Standing alone, save for her keyboardist, Steele sailed through hit after hit from Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow and the like. And while her voice is powerful, the vibe she presented this particular evening — jeans, T-shirt, black boots and fedora pulled down over her eyes — was especially controlled. Steele showed she can open for the pros because she is one.

The BoDeans stepped on stage before a relatively crowded house for a Thursday, in support of their latest album, Resolution, their first in eight years. The crowd buzzed with excitement, gleeful to be on the inside of what felt like a wonderful secret, a private concert with an established band who continues to crank out wonderful new music, yet happily provides the old. Material from Resolution was well-received, but, of course, it was the old classics, such as “Naked” and “Closer to Free,” that had everyone jumping around. After performing for over an hour, the band came out for not one, but two encores, to the delight of all.

WTTS Program Director Brad Holtz said, “The BoDeans are friends of ours, as are the people from St. Jude’s, and we knew we could count on them to put on a really great show to support the hospital.”

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