Bonnie Raitt at Ravinia: She delivers it again!

I first saw Bonnie Raitt in concert in 1974. She was young and fresh-faced, but who wasn’t back then. The location was at the Civic Center Auditorium, in Oklahoma City. Bonnie was the opening act for Jackson Browne. The theater had some of the best acoustics of any venue I’ve been in, before and since. It was a wonderful place to hear the music and lyrics of her ballads while it didn’t distort the sound of her wailing slide guitar.

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost fifty years since that magical musical night in OKC. Although her career and life have had both highs and lows since then, Raitt has survived and now is thriving. Bonnie is back on the road again with a tour to support her latest album, “Just Like That.”

When you see a Raitt show, you know what you’re going to hear. It’s a combination of ballads and rock blues. You’ll get a mix of Raitt originals and cover tunes. Last night at Highland Park’s Ravinia Festival wasn’t any different. However, she did open the show by dedicating it to the victims of the July 4th mass shootings. It was a nice touch for a community that is still reeling from the senseless tragedy.

Musical highlights included “Made Up Mind” from her new album, older hits “Nick of Time” and “Something to Talk About”, John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery” and Talking Head’s “Burning Down the House.”

It was another night of great music; something we’ve come to expect from Bonnie Raitt. After more than fifty years, she delivered it again.


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