Concert Date:
Aug 13, 2009
Alexandria, VA
review by:
Bonnie Schendell


Fun…loose…spontaneous…wacky…and even a little out of control.  These are all words I would use to describe one of this year’s best concerts I have attended.  Peter White and Mindi Abair:  A Bloke and a Blonde Tour has been on the road and fine tuning this show since March.  They have definitely hit their stride.  Backed by Mindi’s regular band, Jay Gore on guitar, Jamey Tate on drums, Andre Berry on bass, and Rodney Lee on keys, this was a super high energy, laugh a minute, on your feet concert.  And Mindi and Peter just mesh so well together.

The set list was filled with old favorites, newer favorites, and new tunes barely played in public before.  The crowd, a sizable one for a Thursday evening in the middle of the summer, was in the mood for a rousing time, and was not disappointed.  Peter and Mindi took the stage together, playing seamlessly on each other’s tunes, such as Peter’s oldies but goodies “Promenade,” “Mr. Magic,” and “What Does It Take,” or Mindi’s favorites “Smile,” Save The Last Dance,” and “Flirt.”  Exceptionally special moments came when Peter introduced a new song off of his soon to be released CD, Good Day, called “Bright,” dedicated to the memory of bassist, Wayman Tisdale, or when Mindi did a totally unplugged, acoustic version of “Everytime” with Peter providing a perfectly played, gentle guitar.

The crowd stayed on their feet to keep the dance party going through “Bloom,” “Bueno Funk,” and “Lucy’s.”  And everyone loved it when “How Deep Is Your Love” morphed into “Papa Was A Rolling Stone.”  No one wanted this evening to end, including Peter and Mindi, but it had to, and went out on a high note with Mindi’s tune, “The Joint.”

This was truly one of the most fun concerts with amazingly talented musicians throughout the band.