Dwight Blake is well-known for his memories of Motown show where he salutes mainly tunes from the vaults of Detroit's Motown records. Now he has launched a new show which he has performed on cruise ships and in La Vegas where guests are asked to pick requests from a book of over 400 songs which they would love to hear. He has an organized set and then intersperses some chosen tunes as suited. He admitted he has sung these songs in the past years so knows the lyrics and how he wishes to interpret them. He sings in baritone to low soprano, quite a range. Remarkable was the difficulty having a computer on his side for the track choice and one in front of him with the piano notes and lyrics. He controlled both as he sang and played the keyboard.
He rocketed on stage with "All Night Long" which could be the title of tonight's presentation as he was going to rock this crowd until he could give no more. The heavy beat induced the crowd to bounce and swing. "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" with its distinctive thumping chords of anticipation created a smooth swaying feeling. Marvin Gaye's version is a classic and was treated with respect by Dwight. "Up on the Roof" soared in the summer night sky. He floated around the notes. "Footloose" demonstrated Dwight's ability to present music from alternative musical genres. That song rocked with the best of them. Then, he slowed for the gorgeous "Satin Doll", jazzy and soulful.
He even took on Patsy Cline's hit tune by Willie Nelson "Crazy", but twisted and turned it into his own style, caressing the notes, gliding them higher than before. He presented a fine piano interlude toward the finish. "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" was a total crowd-pleaser, jiving to the old Barry White tune, a sexy mid tempo love ballad. With "Only You" he dipped back to 1955 when the Platters gave the world this love ballad which appeals to millions. Dwight gave it a tremendous vocal interpretation emphasizing his own sweet style. "Black Magic Woman" came across as mystical, magical and sexy, bordering on eerie.
Billy Joel's "Movin' Out" was borrowed by Dwight and made into his own personal song with hot driving piano notes. "Mustang Sally" romped throughout the room with its distinctive beat. It was written about Della Reese's desire for a Ford Mustang and "All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride". "Imagine" mashed up with "Hey Jude" brought out singing from the crowd, all knowing the words especially the choruses. "Ain't No Stopping Us Now": "We're on the move. We've got the groove" enlivened the audience with more couples joining the cleared front dance area to absorb the beat.
Set two jolted at the start with Elvis' "All Shook Up" with Dwight shaky from this feeling of love. He took the Etta James classic "At Last" and announced he was delving into the Beyonce spin on it which she performed in a movie about Miss James. His version was more jazzy and bluesy, with tenderness given to the listeners. "Beat It" revealed his particular fondness for the late Michael Jackson and his song-list. The hot rhythm continued with "September": "Remember how the stars stole the night away". The evening slowed to a ballad "Three Times a Lady" from Lionel Ritchie being slow and thoughtful. Listeners loved the way he moved his sounds up above the written notes. Dwight ended this long night with the beautiful song from Billy Ocean "Suddenly": "Life has new meaning to me. There's beauty up above and things we never take notice of. You wake up and suddenly you're in love."
You can catch Dwight Blake at Incanto on May 11 and 13 at 8:00 pm.
Incanto is located at Insurgentes 109 at the Cuale River in Old Town Puerto Vallarta. Telephone is (322) 223-9756. Purchase tickets online HERE. Box office opens at 10:00 am.
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