Review: Costner thrills Arcada audience
ST. CHARLES – Kevin Costner's band Modern West played to a packed house Saturday night at the Arcada Theatre in downtown St. Charles.
Costner, mostly known for his acting chops in movies such as "Dances with Wolves," "Bull Durham," and "Field of Dreams," has been touring with Modern West since 2007.
The country rock band played a lot of songs that cater to its folksy music fans, but not before showing a several-minute movie montage of Costner's better-known career as an actor. The montage garnered a huge applause from the audience, starting off the night with good spirits.
Modern West is made up of Costner on lead vocals and guitar, John Coinman and Blair Forward on guitar, Teddy Morgan on lead guitar, Larry Cobb on drums, Park Chisolm on guitar and vocals, and fiddlers Luke Bulla, Roddy Chang, and Bobby Yang.
Another fiddler, Jason Mowery, was the only one present Saturday, but he certainly didn't need backup this time. His solos awed during songs like "Long Hot Night" and "Down in Nogales" and were followed by huge rounds of applause from the audience.
Costner's husky country voice was complimented by his many guitarists, but at times his words were slightly overpowered by the instrumentals, impressive as they were.
The song "Long Long Way Home" was accompanied by harmonica, and ended with a standing ovation as the audience clapped to the beat.
Costner clearly knew how to put on a show as he introduced most songs with a back story that he could connect emotionally to. For the song "How Deep the Water Runs", he talked about his TV miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys" and the depth of the feuds he came to understand.
Perhaps some of the most sentimental moments came from Costner's daughter, Lily, who he introduced and had help him by playing guitar and singing with him on the song "Let Me Be the One." She also sang "I Know These Hills," a beautiful slow piece which she began in a capella.
Modern West's final song, "Superman," was possibly one of their best. It was received with a lot of excitement, and it was no wonder with its upbeat melody and catchy lyrics.
For Costner's encore he sang Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man," which had everyone on their feet. He ended the night by grabbing a bottle of champagne, popping the cork into the audience and pouring himself and a few audience members a glass.
• Shelbi Rodgers is an editorial intern for the Kane County Chronicle. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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