Just over a year ago, I began sending out requests to photograph concerts for BORN Country and the first email I sent out was to cover The Mavericks at the Hard Rock Rocksino, just outside of Cleveland, OH. Unfortunately, I had been too late as it was merely days before the show and understandably, there are deadlines.
Fast forward a year and I am standing in front of the stage waiting for The Mavericks to make their way to perform for a packed house at the same venue!
I’m sure most you reading this remember the bigger hits of Raul Malo and the band throughout the mid 90’s, such as “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down,” “There Goes My Heart” and “What A Crying Shame” on country radio. While the majority of the members are still intact from that time period (with the addition of guitarist, Eddie Perez), this is a completely different band with a complete different sound.
In fact, it’s hard to even begin to classify The Mavericks as a country band, as their Miami sound becomes more and more of an influence. I have a feeling that this is exactly how they’d like it, anyhow.
The evening kicked off with “Back In Your Arms Again” and “All Night Long,” which both immediately had the crowd at the stage and dancing. As The Mavericks played through their setlist, I quickly came to the realization that this may in fact be the best performance that I had witnessed all year. I’ve seen Dolly, Garth, Alan, Loretta and so many more legendary country artists, but this one may very well take the cake.
The meat of this evening of music and dancing included the above mentioned 90’s hits “What A Crying Shame,” “There Goes My Heart” and “Dancin’ The Night Away,” and some incredible cover songs featuring songs by Bruce Springsteen, The Temptaions and Pink Floyd’s “Us And Them.” Talk about a band that can transform a classic hit into something of their own! Throw in an interpretation of “Shotgun Willie” and I think they had just about every music angle covered!
The show wrapped up with a performance of “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down” that is practically indescribable. Part of me wishes that the song had been included on their recently released All Night Live, Volume 1 album, but on the other hand, I feel like this can only be truly experienced in person. Go see The Mavericks perform live. If you are reading this and you aren’t familiar with The Mavericks, get the CDs and go see them live. Heck go in completely blind and you might have the greatest musical night of your life.
Two songs into this set, I texted my wife and told her that she HAS to see The Mavericks live. And now I’ve decided. This was indeed the best performance that I have experienced in all of 2016. If Raul Malo’s voice, Jerry Dale’s flashy suits and keyboards, Eddie Perez and his killer guitar and Paul’s drums come back into town next year, you better believe that I’ll be there. I might not even be able to wait… A road trip might be in order.
The Mavericks are currently on tour with dates scheduled through February of 2017 as of press time. All Night Live, Volume 1 was recently released on Mono Mundo Records and is available on CD, vinyl LP and digitally through Amazon at the link below.