This past Monday legendary singer/songwriter Burton Cummings treated his Southern California fans to an intimate one man performance billed as “Up Close And Alone.”
For 90 plus minutes Cummings held the crowd in the palm of his hand while seated center stage behind a lone keyboard. Cummings, best known as the front man for the multiplatinum selling Canadian band The Guess Who, was in full-on entertainer mode as he told stories about his career as well as anecdotes about each song performed.
An evening with Burton Cummings
Cummings’ keyboard playing was on point throughout even if at times his voice was not. A show comprised of simply piano and voice often shows the limitations of some veteran artists and while he never struggled through any song on the setlist, there were a few cracks here and there.
The fifteen song set moved along at a brisk pace and Burton’s Catskills-like rapport kept the entire audience clapping, laughing and singing along throughout the show.
The Smother’s Theatre located at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA was the perfect venue for “Up Close And Alone” as the acoustics were stellar and the staff were polite and accommodating while parking was easily accessible and most importantly, free!
– BURTON CUMMINGS SET LIST –
You Saved My Soul
No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature
Clap For The Wolfman
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Hand Me Down World
Dream Of A Child
Share The Land
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Pat Francis currently hosts the popular comedy/music podcast “Rock Solid,” called 1 of the 8 great music podcasts to put in your ears by USA Today and featuring artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Sammy Hagar and Susanna Hoffs. His frequent appearances on Jimmy Pardo’s top rated podcast “Never Not Funny” are fan favorites. Pat began his entertainment career as a stand-up comic in Chicago, IL. After touring the country and performing in 42 states at comedy clubs and colleges, he relocated to Los Angeles, CA. There he appeared as a comedian on Comedy Central, AMC, the UCB and is a yearly regular at the San Francisco Sketchfest. For the past 5 years he has also served as Co-Host of the yearly event Pardcast-A-Thon which to date has raised over 700,000 for Smile Train. When not entertaining people in person he also makes his living as a Story Producer for reality television programs. It is also important to know that Pat is a monkey in a human mask.