Lukas Nelson and band captivate audience

Reviewed by CJ Click
Times-News correspondent

   WINSTON-SALEM — Lukas Nelson, son of country music legend Willie Nelson, is proof that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”
Lukas and his band, Promise of the Real, made a stop on its current tour at Ziggy’s on Sunday night. The show began at 7 p.m. with Aloha Radio, a rock group from Orange County, Calif., taking the stage. The group played for almost an hour, blending rock with beach sounds perfectly.
The second opening act, Big Daddy Love, came on stage around 9 p.m. Playing predominately alternative country and bluegrass, the group also did several covers including “Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith. The band played for around an hour.
   Lukas Nelson casually walked onto the stage a little after 10. Grabbing his guitar and introducing the band, he began playing his hit, “Wasted.” He then played another one of his hits, “Four Letter Word,” showing off his guitar playing skills by picking with his teeth.
Nelson gives off a certain kind of energy when he plays that is contagious. He starts jumping and it causes a chain reaction among the crowd. Nelson then explained how he wrote a song for a friend whose daughter was getting married, “I’m Giving You Away, But I’m Not Letting Go,” a powerful testament to the relationship between a father and daughter.
After several more of his own hits such as “Peaceful Solution,” “Set Me Down On A Cloud” and “Don’t Take Me Back,” Nelson did a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil” and Eric Clapton’s “After Midnight.”
Extensive instrumentals were a major part of Nelson’s performance. He did an instrumental rendition of “Amazing Grace” that was something akin to Jimi Hendrix’s version of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Nelson and the band were about to put up its instruments but then decided to keep playing for another 20 minutes with such hits as “Start to Go” and covers like the Beatles’ “Something.”
Concertgoers got almost four hours of fantastic music at an intimate venue that made the relationship between the audience and performers that much stronger. Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real definitely knows how to give audiences a good time.

 CJ Click is a sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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