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Just a Thought - I'm ready for Main Street Live
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Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

I love the Main Street Live summer concert series. While I can’t say that I like every band that has played, I do enjoy the venue and quite a few of the performances.

When Main Street McMinnville board members began discussing if Main Street Live could be offered this year, I was in attendance – covering it for the newspaper, of course. The discussion turned to which bands were most popular. I wish I had come prepared with a poster board to hold up. It would have read “Bueller” and “Utopia.” 

Bueller would be my No. 1 pick. The band, out of Nashville, offers a live tribute to the very best in 1980s music. They performed at Main Street Live in 2015. It was awesome. A follow-up performance in 2017 wasn’t as good. The female singer wasn’t included.

As an aside, I did inquire as to why the female singer didn’t return. The Main Street director at that time said, “She cost extra.” My reply, “Pay the extra, if you’re going to have this band return again.” I’m somewhat blunt sometimes. 

My thought: You can’t represent '80s music without a female singer to represent Madonna, Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks, Joan Jett, etc. It’s like having cake without icing. While you can do it, you just shouldn’t. 

I was ecstatic to see Bueller, the four-man band of Jack Taylor, Dave Tough, Jon Lechner and Dan Eidem, with Amy Walsh scheduled for July 16. That performance will be awesome. The 80s was my decade. It was, in my opinion, the best decade ever. 

Utopia would be my No. 2 pick. It’s a performance band out of Tullahoma. These guys really offer a show. It specializes in legendary, old-school R&B dance music, modern hits, selected classics, rock, jazz and blues standards delivered with a dynamic sound. 

They play songs that made me want to get up and dance. If you don’t feel that way, we can’t be friends. I can’t count how many times they’ve performed on the Main Street Live stage. They are truly the definition of a crowd favorite and back by popular demand. 

The band Rubber Soul would be my sad story when it comes to Main Street Live. It performed in 2009 and drew the largest crowd up to that date. It was estimated that 1,800 people attended. They returned in 2011. Both times, they offered the best Beatles tribute I’ve ever seen. Sadly, they disbanded and broke my heart.

There seem to be some new ones in this year’s lineup. I’ve never heard of Steel Blossoms, Denny Jiosa, Brady Seals or John Salaway and the Stones River Saints. Hopefully all those are cover bands. There’s nothing worse than having an unknown band performing unknown music.

I have, however, heard of bluegrass, country, jazz, classic rock and Americana. Just between you and me, Americana isn’t for me.  

Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.