“Honor. Gratitude. Rock & Roll.”
While Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band have their priorities in order, these cool cats certainly don’t scrimp on the third part of that noble mission.
As part of this week’s Congressioinal Medal of Honor Convention, the famed actor, veterans advocate, band leader and all-around good guy brought his Vegas-style musical showcase Thursday to Memorial Hall, much to the delight of 46 Medal of Honor recipients — all introduced by name and showered with applause — and about 1,554 others converged in the Downtown venue.
Although the musicianship was, as expected, honor worthy, the versatility flexed by this stunning 13-member tour-de-force was arguably more inspiring.
Funk, big band, doo-wop, rock, country, modern pop, soul, gospel, jazz, dance.
Like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get when “Lt. Dan” and his multitalented charges commandeer the stage.
For two solid hours, in this instance.
A sterling rendition of Christopher Cross’ lost classic “Ride Like the Wind” welcomed the packed-to-capacity hall, giving way to a particularly funky take on Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish,” with that swinging bass line effortlessly handled by Sinise.
(Two more Wonder wonders, “Superstitious” and “Another Star,” appeared later in the evening, as did, conveniently, “Late in the Evening,” a percussive slice of jazz from the Simon half of Simon and Garfunkel).
And from that point on, it was truly an unpredictable but delicious array of nuggets — sweetly flavored by a rotation of…
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