Fans of The Bobby Bones Show on 106.1 The Twister in Tulsa, OK braved a cold and rainy Friday night to see Bobby Bones and Producer Eddie perform as The Raging Idiots in front of a sold-out show at the historic Cain’s Ballroom. The crowd was all ages, including a large percentage of young kids there to see and hear their favorite morning show DJ.
British singer/songwriter Lucie Silvas accompanied by guitar player Brandon Ray opened the show with her song “How to Lose it All.” Her sultry voice filled the ballroom and reminded me of Adele in her bluesy singing style. She followed with more songs from her album including “Unbreakable Us,” “Smoke,” and the title track “Letters to Ghosts” where she asked the audience to be her rhythm section to match the production of the original track. Silvas invited Lindsay Ell on stage to play electric guitar while she played the keyboard for her final song – a hauntingly beautiful cover of Roy Orbison’s “You Got It.”
Next up was rising star Lindsay Ell who has been playing with The Raging Idiots for a year and announced this was her last show with them. She started with her current single “By the Way” and had the audience singing and dancing along. Ell was full of energy and showed her versatility by playing her song “What” and mixing it with a medley of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood,” Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and John Mayer’s “Say What You Need to Say.” She followed with “Criminal” where she looped different sounds from her guitar along with her own beatboxing. The audience came alive when she covered Garth Brooks’ “To Make You Feel My Love” and Deana Carter’s “Strawberry Wine” and she ended her set with a reprise of “By the Way.”
After a 30 minute intermission The Raging Idiots finally took the stage. This is an act that definitely does not take themself too seriously. They got the party started with several covers including Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.,” Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way,” and Taylor Swift’s “Mean.” The crowd sang along to all the songs including their parody songs like “Tortilla,” where everyone went crazy any time Producer Eddie sang “I am a Mexican.” Lindsay Ell and the rest of her band joined them on stage for more cover songs and Ell showed us her guitar prowess on songs like Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” and Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive.” The kids even got their chance to sing along to songs from the album The Raging Idiots Presents – The Raging Kidiots including the ever popular “When I Grow Up.”
The Raging Idiots play their shows and sell their music to benefit different charities including various animal charities and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. On his show Bobby Bones has helped launch the careers of many new country stars including the incredibly talented Lindsay Ell and Lucie Silvas. The fans are loyal and love listening to all the shenanigans that go on every morning. Check out The Bobby Bones Show on an iHeartMedia country radio station near you or on the iHeartRadio app.
Author: Shannon Herrold
I’m a self-proclaimed music nerd from Oklahoma who enjoys all genres and can pretty much sing a snippet of any song you can think of. Being a mom of 2, a Zumba Instructor and a volunteer at my kids’ school keeps me busy but I can never go to too many concerts. Live music is my passion and I love writing about those experiences.