Danny Gokey’s recent concert at Idaho’s Potatohead Pavillion earned rave reviews from local fan Jeb North, who prior to the January 3 performance hadn’t been to a live show in 25 years.
North, who first discovered Gokey while watching the eighth season of American Idol, had been eagerly anticipating the show since it was announced last October. When the night finally came, the Wisconsin-born singer didn’t disappoint. According to North, the concert was “nothing short of amazing.”
“At one point, he told us to ‘put our hands together,’ which seemed like a super creative way of getting us to clap along with the beat,” said North, who confesses he experienced some difficulty keeping time with the complex rhythms of “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me.” “He also asked us on several occasions to ‘screeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaam.’ I thought it was really clever how he got the audience involved like that.”
“He was quite the showman,” North added.
North was also impressed by Gokey’s decision to include some obscure, genre-defying cover songs in his set. “Being that Danny is a country-western singer, I thought his show would be all country-western. But no, he treated us to amazing, soul-stirring versions of ‘Livin’ On a Prayer,’ ‘Stand By Me,’ ‘The Joker,’ ‘Free Bird’… and some other songs you would never expect to hear covered by a young, up-and-coming singer who can’t fill his set with originals yet. I think it really speaks to the artistry of Danny Gokey that he knows music well enough to dig up some forgotten oldies for us.”
A big believer in the power of word of mouth, North has already told approximately 15 of his friends and coworkers that Gokey’s show was “somehow even better” than Phil Collins’ 1985 show at Boise’s Home Fries Amphitheatre, his only previous concert-going experience.
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