Jay & the Americans
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- Genre: Pop, Rock, Other, Alternative, R&B/Soul, Brill Building Pop, British Invasion, Bubblegum Pop, Classic Rock, Pop Rock
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Watseka reviewed: Jay & the Americans @ John Burns Park
Jay & The Americans rock. The lineup on stage has changed a little over the years, currently consisting of Jay Reincke, Howie Kane, Sandy Deanne, and Marty Sanders, but you won't feel like anything or anyone is missing as the gang rocks its way through an evening of classic hits like "Cara Mia," "Only In America," "Come a Little Bit Closer," and (of course) "This Magic Moment." Their live show is amazing. They take care to develop a nice rapport with the crowd, engaging in banter, introducing each song with an amusing story, and just in general making sure the audience enjoys themselves throughout. And all of them can still sing. Their harmonies are as tight in person as they are on recordings from fifty years ago. Though getting a little old, the guys still have amazing stamina, staying on stage for an hour and half without an intermission. And every performer gets a chance to take center stage and prove he's still got what it takes to thrill an audience. The only downside of a Jay & The Americans concert is that it has to come to an end. But they manage to make that fun, too, continuing to entertain the crown even after the concert is over, making themselves available in the lobby to meet and greet their fans, posing for pictures with them and signing autographs.