Performing for the 23rd time in the 26 year run of the Berks Jazz Festival, Boney James lived up to his Saturday Night Prime Time billing as he caused a traffic jam on Reading’s Penn Street main drag but did not disappoint the packed house at the brand new Hilton Double Tree.
Angela Stribling hosted the WHUR DAY evening crowd that included several bus loads of DMV jazz fans, as the Boney James band opening up on fire introducing the audience to BJ’s latest CD “Future Soul”, the best selling new offering in the ‘contemporary jazz’ genre.
In his signature black and white deck shoes and frizzy Afro stuffed under a stingy brim matching hat, Boney was in perfect sync with his partners in crime, bass man Smitty Smith and lead guitarist Rob Bacon as they covered over 10 years of classic BJ hits from ‘Bachata’ AKA ‘The Beat’ to current release ‘Vinyl’ to the delight of a fully engaged audience.
“It’s getting hot in here”, said a brother from the rear of the intimate and acoustically tight ballroom as Boney went on to serenade the ladies in the front row and roam the rear of the ballroom and had a front row of dancing ladies out of their seats after a 10 minute encore following “Sweet Thang” and “Grazing In The Grass”.
The Double Tree by Hilton lived up to its new billing as the #1 showcase for the Berks Jazz Festival’s hottest tickets in its largest Center City performance venue.