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CONCERT CONNECTIONS: Taylor, Raitt dazzle at DTE

Olivia Watson, Entertainment Editor

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On beautifully calm, warm August evening, people of all ages gathered at the DTE Music Theatre in Clarkston to see James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt live.

Two old friends and world class rockstars, performing for one night on the same stage, who could pass up that opportunity?

The theater as well as the lawn seats were filled to maximum capacity with a large range of people in the crowd.

There were people ranging from their twenties to their sixties and upwards.

Bonnie Raitt launched her set off with “Unintended Consequences of Love” and a cover of INXS’ “Need You Tonight,” proving that she deserves her place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with her fiery guitar solos.

When Taylor came out, opening with his hit “Carolina in my Mind,” there was a roar through the crowd, and it was a well deserved welcome for a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

He sounded even better live, and it was almost like an out-of-body experience to be in his presence.

Taylor had the crowd in the palm of his hand, playing many of his popular songs, including definite crowd favorites: “Fire and Rain” and “Sweet Baby James.”

Taylor’s ability to move everyone in the theater with his storytelling was unspeakably amazing, and you couldn’t find a dry eye in the house during his slow songs.

It was also difficult to find someone not having an amazing time.

Everyone was on their feet dancing and singing regardless of their age when Taylor played his well-known upbeat funky songs like “Mexico” and “Your Smiling Face.”

James didn’t disappoint, even bringing Raitt back out for his encore, performing their rendition of “Johnny B Goode” and a heartwarming duet of “You’ve Got a Friend” and finally finishing with “How Sweet It Is.”

This show was a perfect example of how music can unify people of all ages and backgrounds.

The impact that he had on everyone in the audience was incredible.

There were so many smiles and laughs and people talking with their neighbors even if they didn’t know them.

It was the perfect escape for a night from the crazy, often-times cruel everyday world we live in.

The perfect reminder that we can all come together to enjoy something amazing.

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CONCERT CONNECTIONS: Taylor, Raitt dazzle at DTE