Are The Mavericks The Best Live Band In The World? Simply Put: Yes.
Okay, so I’m sure there are a number of acts that anyone could put up against that statement, but one would be hard pressed to convince me otherwise.
On a chilly September Sunday night, The Mavericks visited the House Of Blues this past weekend in Cleveland, OH. I had the opportunity to take in a live show from the guys just under one year ago, so I already knew what I was about to experience. Or so I thought. There are very few acts out there that can deliver a setlist that is, for the most part, very similar to their last visit, but still make it feel like an all new show. The Mavericks are one of those acts.
From their 90’s classics like “There Goes My Heart” and “What A Crying Shame” to more recent singles like “Back In Your Arms Again” and “All Night Long,” there was not a moment throughout the evening that the dance floor was not jam packed. That’s right: Dance floor. I’m not talking your typical country line-dancing either. Of course, if you are familiar with the most recent stylings of The Mavericks, then learning that folks are having an absolute blast and dancing along to to swaying “Summertime (When I’m With You)” or any of their other Cuban/accordion infused country-jazz… okay. I have no idea how to describe the music of The Mavericks. Whatever it is, we can simply say it’s absolute FUN.
With the perfect vocals of frontman Raul Malo belting out an incredible rendition of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin'”, the solid drums from Paul Deakin, Eddie Perez and his unstoppable shredding guitar, to the flamboyant suits and contagious dance moves of Jerry Dale McFadden, The Mavericks are the full package. Can you expect the traditional country music sounds that the BORN Country readership knows and loves? Well… no. However, I cannot urge strongly enough that you give the latest releases a listen and make the strongest effort to see these guys perform live when they come through your town.
Once again, I ask: “Are The Mavericks the best live band in the world?” They have my vote.