Reviews: James Bay, Kenny Rogers, Beck, Neil Young, Paul McCartney

Critics tell you what they thought about James Bay’s performance in Milwaukee, Kenny Rogers playing North Little Rock, Beck in St. Louis, Neil Young in Salt Lake City and Paul McCartney christening a brand new arena in Sacramento.

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Performing at the Brit Awards 2016 at the 02 Arena in London.

James Bay @ Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 6 – “James Bay didn’t formally announce his pop-rock influences Thursday night at the Eagles Ballroom, but those influences were like codes within his performance.  The fedora-wearing English singer-songwriter often made the codes easy to crack, whether or not he meant to do so.” – Jon M. Gilbertson / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Kenny Rogers @ Verizon Theatre in North Little Rock, Ark., Oct. 6 – “The multi-award winner, who’s recorded 75 albums throughout his career, entertained the audience with music, banter, video clips, stories, and even a montage of photos he’d taken during his travels across the nation during his song, ‘’Merica.’” Linda Haymes / Arkansas Democrat-Gazette /

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Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, Bakersfield

Beck @ Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 24 – “Beck and his crack band of industry pros effortlessly recreated songs from his deep catalog, with the frontman a dancing machine and whirling dervish of almost adolescent energy and kinetics.” Doug Tull / PlayBack:Stl

Neil Young with Promise Of The Real @ Usana Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, Utah – “Young was in rare form all night – for a man who is 70 (he turns 71 on Nov. 12) – with powerful vocals, and a penchant for just shredding his guitar like he was a 20-year-old playing a garage show somewhere in Toronto. Refreshingly, the band played seven ‘new’ songs, a nod to a musician who simply is not done.” – Bradley Fullmer / Daily Herald

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Whitewater Amphitheater, New Braunfels, TX

Paul McCartney @ Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., Oct. 4 – “McCartney remained chatty and engaged throughout the set, as he sometimes danced in place between tunes and joked with fans who yelled out their devotion to Sir Paul.” – Chris Macias / Sacramento Bee