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Good Effort From Bellamys Despite Dampened Spirits

By Joe Ehrbar Correspondent

The Bellamy Brothers Sunday, Aug. 6, at The Festival at Sandpoint

Rain and chilly weather.

Not exactly ideal conditions for an outdoor concert.

This was the case Sunday at the Bellamy Brothers show at The Festival at Sandpoint.

The last thing The Festival at Sandpoint needed, after a week of performer cancellations, was rainout. The event wasn’t canceled, but because of the weather it proved to be a difficult concert both for the performers and for the crowd.

It’s hard for a band to really get enthusiastic about its performance when there seems to be little energy generated by its audience.

And, it’s hard for an audience to build enthusiasm while shivering in the rain.

Many were distracted. People were either finding ways to stay warm or they were saying to themselves, “just a couple more songs and I’m out of here.”

Perhaps the audience’s lack of spirit was most evident when Howard and David Bellamy played one of their most recognizable songs “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body.” Toward the end of the song, the brothers beckoned the audience to sing along. Yet, it seemed like no one did. The Bellamys could have been singing in Latin and they would have gotten the same response.

You could tell this audience consisted of hard-core Bellamy Brothers fans, though, mainly because most people stuck it out nearly to the end.

Despite Mother Nature, the Bellamy Brothers managed to pull together a memorable performance.

The Bellamy Brothers played a good mixture of old classics, like “Dancin’ Cowboy,” and “Old Hippy” and some new songs from their latest “Sons of Beaches” album, such as “Pitbulls and Chainsaws” and “Big Hair.”

Their stellar, full-bodied harmonies offered a warmth that no jacket or blanket could. It was those trademark harmonies that made the concert worth sitting through.

The Bellamy Brothers showed their interest in reggae music with the nugget “Reggae Cowboy,” another of the night’s highlights. Like Jimmy Buffet, the Bellamys fuse country music to reggae. As strange as that sounds, it’s a marriage that works.

The only musical disappointment of the night was when the brothers crammed several of their hit songs, like “Feelin’ the Feelin’,” into a medley. I’m not a fan of medleys, and it just seemed like an easy way to get through some of the older material.

Toward the end of the show, the Bellamys sang a rendition of “Let Your Love Flow,” one of their earliest hits. That song alone was well-worth roughing the elements to hear. Those audience members bundled in blankets shed their layers and either clapped or danced along to the song. Suddenly, it felt like a concert with a few thousand more people present.

After the song, with a couple of tunes still left to play, many headed for the warmer shelter of their cars.

Hats off to local country band the Herricks, one of the night’s openers.

The seven-piece group showed a lot of spark and put forth a confident, worthwhile display.

Even better, the Herricks feature two lead vocalists, one female and one male. It not only gave the tunes some variety but it also made for some well-balanced harmonies.

The group wasn’t very animated on stage. But that’s insignificant. What counts is this band has talent and just might end up going somewhere, someday.

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