Thursday night my husband and I went to see Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues. He was appearing at the Grand Theater in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Grand Oshkosh, originally known as The Grand Opera House when it opened its doors on August 9, 1983, holds many such stage shows, but we’ve never taken the opportunity to visit this grand old theater. But this was it. How could we not want to see anything related to the Moody Blues — our favorite all-time music group! A group that finally this year was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Justin and his two associates did not disappoint. Acoustic guitarist Mike Dawes opened the show with several amazing fingerstyle guitar performances that came with the “wow” factor! Julie Ragins handled the keyboard as well as all other instruments, and provided choral back-up genuinely well. All in all, we had a wonderful evening listening to old Moody Blues hits and newly written material by Justin.
Dancing into the Wee Hours of the Morning….
Following the performance, we toured the elegantly renovated Grand. It has been lavishly restored to its grand old Victorian style. But then we hurried home to put on our video of The Moody Blues A Night at Red Rocks With The Colorado Symphony Orchestra (approx 75 min). As I danced away into the early hours of the morning, I realized this beautiful music would be one of the things I would miss most when I’m laid to rest. So, I’ve committed to get our turntable and speakers either fixed or replaced so we can play the 100+ albums (not all Moody Blues…) we have sitting on our shelves. This is one disappointment that can easily be fixed!