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Wicked Realm, Aug. 26, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Wicked Realm, Aug. 26, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Wicked Realm should be proud that they can make these songs come alive. Prouder still should be Milwaukee for being able to call them our own.

Toto, “Angel Don’t Cry” from Isolation (1984): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Angel Don’t Cry” from Isolation (1984): Toto Tuesdays

“Angel Don’t Cry” should have been the leadoff single from 1984’s ‘Isolation,’ showcasing Toto’s new lead singer.

Donny McCaslin – Beyond Now (2016)

Donny McCaslin – Beyond Now (2016)

Donny McCaslin’s ‘Beyond Now’ is an astonishing show of talent and indefinable music which crosses boundaries and merges them – yet retains his jazz influences.

Yes, Aug. 21, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Yes, Aug. 21, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

The night was a success. The concert had been enthusiastically received. But was it Yes?

Chicago, “Sing a Mean Tune Kid” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Sing a Mean Tune Kid” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

The only downside on Chicago’s “Sing a Mean Tune Kid” is its abrupt ending. But I guess I shouldn’t be too greedy.

The Beatles, “Slow Down” from Something New (1964): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Slow Down” from Something New (1964): Deep Beatles

While “Slow Down” may not rank among the Beatles’ most well-known covers, it does provide a snapshot of the group’s raw early days.

Billy Joe Shaver, Aug. 17, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Billy Joe Shaver, Aug. 17, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

The show was an hour and a half late. Audience members were understandably nervous. Then, in strode Billy Joe Shaver — all 77 years of him.

Yes, “To Be Over” from Relayer (1974):  YESterdays

Yes, “To Be Over” from Relayer (1974): YESterdays

“To Be Over,” the closing track on ‘Relayer,’ demonstrates the creative high that Yes was on in 1974.

Seth Walker – Gotta Get Back (2016)

Seth Walker – Gotta Get Back (2016)

Think of ‘Gotta Get Back’ more as Walker’s renewal of his vows to the family and sweet, soulful roots music that made him who he is.

Chicago, “Where Do We Go From Here” from Chicago II (1970): Saturday in the Park

Chicago, “Where Do We Go From Here” from Chicago II (1970): Saturday in the Park

A gentle, hymn-like piece, “Where Do We Go From Here” marks the first Peter Cetera composition to be recorded by Chicago.