Eric Hutchinson, Leah Lou bring personality, enthusiasm to annual Welcome Back Concert; attract large turnout
Issue date: 8/28/09 Section: Focus
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Leah Lou, a local indie musician, opened the show. She played an acoustic set and created a relaxed, intimate environment. Lou was shy but charming, and her songs reflected on personal experiences and showed great emotion. Anyone seeking an up-and-coming musician willing to wear her heart on her sleeve.
Despite the fact that many people had never heard of Eric Hutchinson, there was a large turnout for the concert. Stepping confidently on stage in a suit and tie, Hutchinson immediately attracted the attention of the females in the audience. With his cute but sexy style and Jason Mraz-esque voice, he quickly won over the hearts of audience members.
Hutchinson's performance was nothing short of entertaining. Soon after taking the stage, he asked the mellowed crowd to stand up and move closer to him and the band. He infused an excited energy into the crowd, which lasted throughout the entire show. Call-backs and audience participation were used during several songs, which helped sustain an upbeat and energetic atmosphere.
Hutchinson is an undeniably charismatic and entertaining musician; on stage he was a playful, charming, and engaging performer. He displayed his versatility, switching back and forth from guitar and piano.
The band was successful in their ability to create dynamic songs and tight harmonies. Their jazz-infused style and funky bass riffs complimented Hutchinson's vocals.
Hutchinson cleverly asked the audience to cheer loudly when he said the title of each song, even if they did not know it, promising that it would make both the audience and himself have a better time. He often poked fun at himself throughout the performance and improvised a humorous song just for the audience. In it, he taught the Case Western community about flong, a combination of flip cup and beer pong, which Hutchinson describes as "the greatest drinking game ever."
One highlight of the show was when Hutchinson sang The Temptations' "My Girl" and R. Kelly's "Ignition" together in the same song. It was a showcase of Hutchinson's playfulness and musical talent and came as an unexpected treat that the audience loved. Hutchinson also sang the chorus of Kanye West's "Heartless" near the end of his song "You've Got You," receiving a positive reaction from the crowd. The show ended with one of Hutchinson's more popular songs, "Rock and Roll."