Experiencing a Marc Cohn concert at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall is a lot like getting together at a friend's house to listen to some music. The PVCH offers a comfortable, intimate setting and, even though you probably won't know everyone there, you feel like you do, so it doesn't matter. And Cohn is exactly the kind of host you would hope for: gracious and funny with a real knack for engaging an audience.
If it weren't for the accent - and the fact that he lays claim to his Jewish heritage and Ohio roots (Cleveland) pretty early on - you might think he was a down-home southern boy. He has the manners, and his music has the sizzle: just like our barbeque!
Cohn was joined onstage by Steve Leaf on guitar and backing vocals (steveleaf.bandcamp.com), percussionist Joe Bonadio, and the legendary Randall Bramblett on piano, organ and backing vocals.
Bramblett also took the stage for a flawless solo rendition of "I Don't Care." (here's a link to one version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmCAlimlGIg)
Cohn performed selections from his albums "The Rainy Season", "Join the Parade" and "Marc Cohn", including in the set list the title song from "Work To Do", his new release with the Blind Boys of Alabama. He also gave kudos to the PVCH for the warm welcome, the acoustics, and the cool and artistic limited edition posters.
If you missed Marc Cohn this time, find his performances online and visit his website at www.marccohnmusic.com. And don't make the same mistake twice!