WESTPORT, Conn. — First Selectman Jim Marpe kicked off the 43rd season of the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts by telling a lawn filled to the gills with beach chairs, blankets and picnic meals that “In Westport, summer lives here,” and added “I’m going to take it easy in Winslow, Arizona, and check into the Hotel California."
Carleigh Welsh, the pavilion’s director of marketing and development, , thanked the sponsors, and invited everyone "to enjoy the first of 50 free nights under the stars.”
And the show began Sunday evening. The Desert Highway Band, a tribute band from Long Island, gave the enthusiastic crowd nearly two-and-a-half hours of enjoyable Eagles music, 25 songs. The set included all the ones you wanted to hear, a couple of phantoms, and even "Running on Empty" by Jackson Browne, who co-wrote a few of The Eagles’ songs.
The band began with "James Dean," a 1974 release, then moved into In the "Long Run," "Witchy Woman," and "One of These Nights." They also did two Joe Walsh numbers — "In the City" and "Life’s Been Good."
As the sun descended, concertgoers started snaking their way through the randomly placed chairs to reach the dance space in front of the stage.
The band played "Lyin’ Eyes," "Already Gone," "Take It To The Limit," and then, finally, "Hotel California" where “you can check out any time you like, but you never can leave”, and the "Life In The Fast Lane" and "Heartache Tonight."
As soon as that one ended, the stage emptied. What? Without "Take It Easy"?
Two minutes later, the band returned and gave us "Desperado," and closed with "Take It Easy."
With the recent death of Glen Frey, the era is over. But it’s nice to have a strong tribute band to keep the music alive in performance.
The next show is Tuesday, June 28, is a free PG-13 show by the Treehouse Comedy Club, which will deliver stand-up comedians for a free night of laughs under the stars. The show will feature Joseph Anthony, Tina Giorgi and Paul Bond.
The Levitt Pavilion offers a lineup of 50 free seasonal performances. For more information on upcoming shows, click here .