On Friday night, Witness and I attended the Tommy Emmanuel Classics + Christmas Tour at Chicago’s Park West. It was a lovely night away from the hustle and bustle of normal life. Park West felt homey for the crowd of about 700. Tommy and the Spirit of Christmas sold out the space, as some people stood and decked the w(h)alls. I’m glad we got there at least thirty minutes before the show. We probably should’ve gotten there earlier, as parking in the city was quite a bother.
The makeup of the audience was mostly aged forty plus, but there were a few youngsters here and there in the crowd. Witness had overheard two seventy-year-old men banter in the bathroom. They were both delighted by Tommy’s magnificent runs played by his extraordinarily dexterous fingers. We ran into a small niche of college friends who are also avid beautiful music listeners. Overall, it was a comfortable space stocked with five bars. I was happy with my large yet overpriced coke.
Tommy Emmanuel is mesmerizing. And get this, he just turned sixty this year! Every time he plays, an angel gets his wings… but seriously, it’s pure and genuine music to one’s ears. He’s incredibly passionate, and he plays with his guitar as well as his whole body. Tommy Emmanuel’s rhythms are seamless and awe-inspiring to the ordinary twenty-five year old. He’s a truly amazing artist. We look forward to seeing him again next year and hopefully bringing some more Tommy fans to watch this legend in his never-ending prime.
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