The Mavericks, Symphony Hall
FROM the moment they hit the first note to lights up, Symphony Hall never stopped rocking to The Mavericks as they packed in hit after hit after hit.
Kicking off with a string of up-tempo numbers from their latest CD, In Time, the nine-piece outfit, fronted by the larger than life Raul Malo, poured out their fusion of Tex Mex rock 'n' roll to an audience spanning all ages.
The Mavericks are masters of good time music and boy did they deliver. If the well-mannered fans were rockin' in their seats for the first few numbers, Dance the Night Away banished any inhibitions, getting everyone on their feet and filling the aisles.
It's been a few years since The Mavericks last played Birmingham and Malo made a point of thanking the loyal audience which had seen the band grow from small beginnings to superstar status.
In turn they were treated to an extraordinary two hour 20 minute show which also included a Malo solo of Tom McClain's 1966 hit Sweet Dreams, Springsteen's All That Heaven Will Allow, Twist and Shout by The Beatles and a rousing version of Jose Marti's revolutionary hymn Guantanamera.
An unforgettable evening.