If you’ve got the time, we’ve got the reviews! For your reading enjoyment we’ve picked out critiques of live performances for Bob Dylan in Barrie, Ontario; Diana Ross in Jacksonville, Fla.; XXXTentacion in Pompano Beach, Fla.; Sammy Hagar and the Circle in Airway Heights, Wash.; Buffy Sainte-Marie and Randy Bachman in Ottawa.
Jeffrey R. Staab / CBS via AP – Bob Dylan
Late Show With Dave Letterman, New York City
Bob Dylan @ Barrie Molson Centre in Barrie, Ontario, July 2 – “Dylan spent most of the night sitting at the piano, but when he moved around, he looked like someone his age, often seeming to lean on himself. And for someone who’s been known for so long as a folk singer, he never once touched a guitar; all the classic rockers are getting older, but Dylan’s older than most.” – Mark Milner / Live In Limbo
Diana Ross @ Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Fla., June 28 – “Ross’s whole repertoire of diva moves was on display when she played Wednesday night at Daily’s Place to a disappointingly sparse crowd. Given that it was 80 degrees at showtime and nearly half the seats were empty, the show probably would have been a better fit in a smaller indoor venue.” – Tom Szaroleta / The Florida Times-Union
XXXTentacion @ Club Cinema in Pompano Beach, Fla., July 2 – “Disorganization aside, XXXTentacion put on a thrilling, visceral evening for himself and his hometown. … It was a ridiculous, perversely joyful evening, and I am certain I will never see anything like it again, because there is no performer who will go to such lengths to please fans.” – Douglas Markowitz / Miami New Times
Scott Legato / RockStarProPhotography.com – Sammy Hagar And The Circle
Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, Sterling Heights, Mich.
Sammy Hagar And The Circle @ Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Airway Heights, Wash., June 30 – “Hagar and the Circle delivered with hit after hit, led with ‘There’s Only One Way to Rock.’ … With [Jason] Bonham’s drums signaling arrival, everyone stood, and stayed standing for the show’s hour and 20-plus minutes.” – Treva Lind / The Spokesman-Review
Buffy Sainte-Marie / Randy Bachman @ National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, July 3 – “Although the two veteran Canadian musicians have known each other since the 60s, Monday was their first performance together, and it was an electrifying combination of talent. They sang an unreleased song they wrote together, the jazz-flavoured “Stormy Weather Guy,” and duetted on Sainte-Marie’s Oscar-winning tune, “Up Where We Belong”, with Bachman handling Joe Cocker’s part.” – Lynn Saxberg / Ottawa Citizen