The Steve Miller Band lifted the crowd from their seats with the old favorites on Saturday night at Raley Field. It was the band’s only scheduled show in Northern California during their upcoming world tour and the first time they had performed in the Sacramento area in ten years.
Formed in San Francisco in 1967 when they signed a contract with Capital Records, the original members with Miller were guitarist James Cooke, bassist Lonnie Turner, and drummer Tim Davis. Former members also include legendary musicians Norton Buffalo, Glyn Johns, and Boz Scaggs to name just a few.
The Steve Miller Band has found world-wide success for more than 40 years and has sold more than 30 million records.
“They have not performed in the Sacramento area in ten years so we are really excited to host the concert,” said River Cats Jennifer Castleberry. “Raley Field is a great venue to see a concert and we’re hoping for a packed stadium. We are happy to be partnering with 96.9 The Eagle and being part of their 20th anniversary celebration,” she said.
Steve Miller opened the show with the classics “Jet Airliner,” “Take the Money and Run” and “Mercury Blues” then broke into a few tunes off his newly released album “Bingo,” that included the catchy “Hey Yeah.” The album is a collection of blues cover songs from ongoing recording sessions. Another album in the series is said to be coming out next year. It was the first studio release by the Steve Miller Band in 17 years and debuted at #1 on the Billboard blues album chart.
“The Joker,” a single that reached #1 in 1973 was one of the favorites of the night. It was hard to tell how many generations of fans were at the show, but it was several. Many knew the words to the song, and the ones that did, weren’t afraid to sing it.
During “Rock’n Me” Miller invited Dillon Brown a freshman from Santiago High School in Corona, California onto the stage to perform with the band. The crowd was thrilled and amazed when the youngster erupted into his own guitar solo.
For several minutes beforehand, Miller shared his passion for the “Kids Rock Free” program established in Corona by the Fender Center. The program provides free and low-cost musical education to children like Brown, ages 7-17.
The band ended the night with their young prodigy back on stage during the encore set of “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Space Cowboy,” “Swingtown” and “Jungle Love.”
For more information on the “Kids Rock Free” program or to make a donation please visit http://www.fendermuseum.com.
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