Reviews: Savages, Amy Schumer, 3 Doors Down, The Monkees, James Taylor

This morning’s collection of critiques includes Savages in Columbus, Ohio; Amy Schumer in Jacksonville, Fla.; 3 Doors Down in Bethlehem, Pa; The Monkees in Fort Myers, Fla.; and James Taylor in Montreal, Quebec.

Savages @ Ace Of Cups in Columbus, Ohio, May 15 – “With a show this spectacular, it’s likely only a matter of time before Savages makes it big. Better see them now while you can still reach out and touch them.” – Erica Thompson / Columbus Alive

Photo: John Davisson
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester, Tenn.

Amy Schumer @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., May 15 – “Her stories are ribald and salacious, but they’re also smartly written and expertly delivered. She has a way of making the audience feel like she’s sharing intimate secrets about feminine hygiene or posing in your underwear or dirty texting or the ‘thigh gap,’ but there’s nothing random or unplanned about her stories. They’re honed to a sharp edge and sprinkled with some really clever one-liners.” – Tom Szaroleta / The Florida Times-Union /

3 Doors Down @ Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa., May 19 – “The group’s breakthrough triple-platinum hit ‘Kryptonite,’ which closed the main set, though rocking also seemed lighter. Perhaps it was just in contrast to the other songs – or the minute-long reggae switch-up the band did late in the song.” – John J. Moser / The Morning Call

The Monkees @ Barbara B. Mann Perf. Arts Hall in Fort Myers, Fla., May 18 – “For two hours Wednesday, it wasn’t 2016 anymore in south Fort Myers. It was the late 1960s. And rock ’ n’ roll ruled the radio, the television and the hearts of baby boomers everywhere.” – Charles Runnells /

Photo: Owen Sweeney / Invision / AP
Giant Center, Hershey, Pa.

James Taylor @ Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, May 13 – “Although Taylor announced early in the show that he was drinking tea to fight a cold, his smooth tenor sounded fully intact – even during the playful, button-down raunch of his crowd-pleasing blues parody ‘Steamroller’ (which, over the years, has morphed into a blunt showpiece that bears only a passing resemblance to the wry 1970 original.).” – Bernard Perusse / Montreal Gazette