6 time Grammy Award winner Dionne Warwick made an appearance at the Seneca Events Center this past Friday night. Warwick has a regular residency at Cleopatras Barge at Caesars in Las Vegas. So this makes a rare WNY appearance for the rhythm & blues legend. Accompanying Warwick was a 4 piece band including a piano player, keyboardist, bass player and a drummer (her son David Elliott).
Warwick came out at about 8:15 and slowly addressed the crowd, telling them what to expect from her show. She all smiles and remained that way throughout the show. They started off things with one of the songs that is mostly associated with Warwick in “Walk on By.” Warwick ran through the first handful of songs until she introduced the song “I say a Little Prayer.” She talked about how she rearranged the track and how happy she is with the updated version. Elliott not only shined on drums but his voice on this track was one of the highlights of the show. It was very smooth but powerful. The rest of the band enjoyed a spotlight on the track “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” Warwick took center stage as the lights dimmed as she sat on a chair and delivered “Alfie.” Of course, her biggest song “That’s What Friends Are For” was a perfect way in closing the nights festivities.
All in all, Warwick showed that she can deliver a high quality performance after many years in the music business. The tone may be a tad slower, but the meaning is still there. The near capacity crowd I believe also agreed!
Walk on By
Anyone Who Had a Heart (Burt Bacharach cover)
You’ll Never go to Heaven (If You Break my Heart)
I’l Never Fall in Love Again (Burt Bacharach cover)
Message to Michael
This Guy’s in Love With You
I Say a Little Prayer (Burt Bacharach cover)
Alfie (Burt Bacharach cover)
Aquarela do Brasil (Ary Barroso cover)
Do You Know the Way to San Jose?
If I Want To
I’ll Never Love This Way Again
Love Will Find a Way
Let There Be Love (Chevenne Elliott cover)
What the World Needs Now is Love (Burt Bacharach cover)
That’s What Friends Are For (Rod Stewart cover)
We would like to thank Phil Pantano from Pantano & Associates for the credentials to review the show.