Horns highlight Transit Authority performance

It’s got a lot of moving parts. Chicago was a great band, a band led by the brass section,” lead singer Barry Patrick told the packed house. The band is made up of Brandon Lenz on guitar, Scott Johnson on sax, Barry Patrick as lead singer, Mike McCormick on keyboards, Butch Zierath on bass, Tim Ellis on drums, Tom Tange on trumpet and Alan Lecher on trombone. The blend of horns was awesome and much enjoyed by all.Next up in the Concerts Association series is “Irish Tenors and Celtic Ladies,” from March 8-10, 2017, and “Inspiration of Broadway,” April 5-7. I spent a few minutes with them backstage, which was a real hoot. The band got right to it with the playing of “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is,” then “Old Days,” and “If You Leave Me Now,” all big hits from days gone by.Immediately, the horn section jumped out as the highlight of the band, as was the case decades ago. Switch.”Membership information on the association is at www.hsvconcertsassoc.org. I loved the three different horn solos by Johnson, Lecher and Tange.“I’m a Man” really got the crowd going, with prolonged clapping, a few singing along and a standing ovation at song’s end.The encore was really special – “25 Or 6 To 4” was great. “We’d come back here again, if only for the food,” joked keyboardist  McCormick.This night was a real step back into the past, reminding me of days in college, hearing Chicago’s music blaring on someone’s stereo. Tickets are available by calling 922-4231 or going to www.ticketsales.comIf you have tickets you’d like to sell or exchange, go to www.hsvtickets.com and look for “Mr. By JEFF MEEKManaging editorThe latest performance in the Hot Springs Village Concerts Association series featured Transit Authority, the premier tribute band to the music of Chicago, that horn-filled sound from back in the late 1960s and forward. In particular, Lecher on trombone grabbed the audience with that Chicago-like sound.“It’s great music to listen to. From there, everything sounded great.“Free,” followed by “Introductions,” led off part two of the concert and brought big applause from the audience.“Feeling Stronger Every Day” seemed to describe the band as they stepped up another notch in their performance, even getting the crowd more involved.Next came “Beginnings,” another super-hit, one of my favorites and arguably the best performed selection of the night. The band rocked on, playing other hits like “Wishing You Were Here” before intermission.At this point the brass was so loud I had trouble hearing the singing, but at intermission I watched the second half from the sound booth, where it was much easier to hear the voices.