Monday, September 10, 2018

Friendly Encounters: Haley Reinhart and Jim Gekas

Friendly Encounters is a weekly series featuring friends who have met celebrities.

Many times, I am envious of my friends in their encounters with celebrities. This one would absolutely be near the top of that list, except I was there with Jim and I joined him in meeting Haley Reinhart. Actually, I was the reason he met her.
Haley is one of the few musical artists of recent years who I really like. A Chicago area native, she comes from a musical family. She appeared on the 10th season of American Idol, finishing in third place.
In addition to her beautiful voice, I really like her musical tastes. She often performs classic songs from the 1960's and '70's. Her album What's That Sound?, released last year, has 14 songs, mostly oldies, with a couple original compositions. I think I am close to wearing out the cd.
I am usually not a fan of concerts, but I had to make the exception when I learned Haley was appearing near me. Jimmy and I saw he in 2016 and then again in 2017 when she came back to the same venue.
Ever the logistics master, Jim scoped out the venue and secured the best seats for comfort and sight lines. We have enjoyed both shows from the same seats.
Prior to each show, I was able to wrangle meet-and-greet passes. Haley was as sweet as could be and actually remembered us the second time.
Haley concerts here are especially fun, because many friends and family members are in the audience. It is almost like a big family party (which would make me weird cousin Johngy?).
You can get all of the info and concert scheduling at I also highly recommend you check out What's That Sound?
Haley Reinhart and Jim Gekas in Chicago, IL-November 2017.

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