Shades of Bublé show leaves concertgoers ‘feeling good’

Shades of Bublé member Mike Valentine serenades Evanston Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tammy Halliday by singing “Me and Mrs. Jones” on what just happened to be Halliday’s birthday on Friday. (HERALD PHOTO/Sheila McGuire)

EVANSTON — The 2020 Arts Inc. Concert Series kicked off at Davis Middle School on the evening of Friday, Jan. 17, with the three-man musical act Shades of Bublé. Vocalists Danny Drewes, Drew Pournelle and Mike Valentine, hailing from New York City, Georgia and Philadelphia, respectively, entertained the audience with a diverse setlist with one common bond — all songs had been either recorded or performed live by famed musician Michael Bublé.

The group is described as one that pays tribute to, but doesn’t imitate, Bublé by performing only his songs that have been arranged to fit their three-part harmonies, similar to those popularized in the 1950s. Performing songs spanning the decades, from the Big Band era to current Bublé original hits, the three men sang and danced their way through a total of 26 songs.

Bublé original numbers included “Haven’t Met You Yet,” “Home” and “Everything.” Other selections included chart-topping hits from Van Morrison, The Eagles, Queen, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles and Elvis Presley. More than once, the men ventured into the audience while dancing and singing and, also more than once, bringing audience members on stage for a serenade.

When performing the Sinatra tune “My Way,” the men explained that Bublé has said he only performs that song for special occasions. The three noted the Friday evening concert was their first time performing in Wyoming and said, “Our first time in Wyoming is definitely a special occasion.”

Several children were up dancing in the aisles throughout the concert, while many adults were seen singing, clapping and tapping their feet along with the music.

Based on the applause and standing ovation at the conclusion of the performance, those in attendance certainly enjoyed themselves.

Upcoming entries in the Arts Inc. Concert Series include the Golden Dragon Acrobats on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Evanston High School; and the Arcis Saxophone Quartet on Friday, March 27, the California and Montreal Guitar Trios on Friday, April 17, and Mile Twelve on Friday, May 1, all at Davis Middle School. This year’s Celtic Festival, featuring Calan, Dervish, Cassie and Maggie MacDonald and Altan will be held March 20-21 at the Roundhouse and Railyards Complex.

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