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Dawson and co. paid tribute to the rock, pop and soul of Tom Petty

Band featured musician's iconic songs over two nights of live performances at Kay Meek

Steve Dawson’s re-imagining of Tom Petty’s album Full Moon Fever provided a fantastic two nights of music at the Kay Meek Arts Centre on Oct. 10 and 11. 

The first set featured songs from the Full Moon Fever album while the second set branched out into other favourites from the massive Petty catalogue.

Dawson directed proceedings from stage left, surrounded by guitars and keys, with a house band that included Jeremy Holmes on bass, Geoff Hicks on drums and Chris Gestrin on keys. Filling out the sound, like a funky Greek chorus, were two backup singers: Rebecca Shoichet and Juhli Conlinn.

Several of the featured vocalists (Jim Byrnes, Roy Forbes, Rich Hope, Ndidi Onukwulu and Dawn Pemberton) have performed with Dawson many times helping to make the album tributes an annual tradition. New to this year’s ensemble were the Birds of Chicago duo Allison Russell and JT Nero, Linda McRae, Maya Rae and Tom Wilson.

Full Moon Fever: A Re-Imagining of Tom Petty’s Iconic Album


Set 1:

Band Intro – Yer So Bad (country waltz)

Jim Byrnes – A Mind With A Heart Of Its Own

Birds of Chicago – Apartment Song

Rich Hope – Love Is A Long Road

Steve Dawson – Face In The Crowd

Roy Forbes – I Won’t Back Down

Ndidi Onukwulu - Zombie Zoo

Maya Rae –Yer So Bad

Tom Wilson – Feel A Whole Lot Better

Linda McRae – Depending On You

Dawn Pemberton – Running Down A Dream

Birds of Chicago – Alright For Now

Ensemble – Free Fallin’

The ensemble closed out the evening armed with lots of ukuleles and kazoos in an unplugged rendition of "You Don’t Know How It Feels." - Supplied, Brent Holmes / The BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts

Set 2:

(Band plays introduction for Linda McRae)

Linda McRae – Last Dance with Mary Jane

Birds of Chicago – You Wreck Me

Maya Raye – Wildflowers

Steve Dawson – Learning To Fly

Tom Wilson – What Are You Doin’ In My Life?

Dawn Pemberton – Breakdown

Jim Byrnes – American Girl

Rich Hope – Even The Losers

Ndidi Onukwulu – Honey Bee

Roy Forbes – Here Comes My Girl

Birds of Chicago – Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around

Ensemble unplugged – You Don’t Know How It Feels