If I could watch every show at the Blue Light from two foot away from the stage I would. This is hardly ever the case, however, as the dance floor is usually reserved for, well, dancers. On rare occasion though, someone comes through that makes people want to let loose and have a good time. Wednesday night at the Blue Light was just that kind of evening. We had Rodney Parker and 50 Peso Reward taking the stage and listeners flooded the dance floor for a raucous good time.
Parker drew quite the crowd, and with his great past performances he is a Blue Light favorite. The energy of the show was crazy. People were standing on chairs in the middle of the dance floor, and everyone shouted the words to every song back at the stage. Parker performed his usual fantastic brand of country and threw in an Atlantic City cover to boot. 50 Peso Reward certainly did not do anything to disappoint.
Parker brought along opener Sean McConnell, who also blew the Blue Light faithful away. McConnell’s unique mixture of soul, country, and pop hooks had the people twirling around the dance floor. His music is very radio friendly and completely enjoyable. With lyrics like, “I wouldn’t trade my troubles for any one of yours,” it makes you realize his talent runs deeper than just a pretty voice. His ballad Reckless Love was very good and gave him the chance to show off his wide vocal range. A great rendition of Dirty Diana didn’t hurt either.
It was a welcome end to finals and another semester. Now, bring on the summer!