My name is John and I am a "Halien."
Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending the Haley Reinhart concert. It was my third time seeing Haley and I thoroughly enjoyed each show. My report for Global Traveler appears online at Haley Reinhart at Chicago's Park West.
My friends know I am not a concert guy. I see Billy Joel every time he comes to Chicago, but that is pretty much it. I probably have seen less than 15 concerts (not counting Billy) in my life. From the first time I heard Haley singing "Creep" on YouTube, I was hooked.
Haley is one of the few musical acts of the last 25 years or so that I really like. I prefer more classic rock, although in many ways, Haley is a throwback. Her previous cd What's That Sound? is a perfect example of how she embraces that era.
There has been a soundcheck and a meet-and-greet at each of the three shows. Haley actually remembered me from the show last year.
The Park West holds about 1,000 people and I swear about 25% of the crowd was part of her family. Even those of us who aren't related were treated like extended family. Maybe because it is Chicago, but her shows are always like a big reunion. An especially heart-warming moment was when she called her grandfather to the stage and gave him a huge hug during soundcheck.
Haley's father Harry joined her on stage for a couple songs. A musician in his own right, the elder Reinhart had an amazing guitar solo.
Haley is a Chicago-area gal, but my appreciation goes way beyond her roots. I love her vocal range (from sultry slow songs to raucous rockers). In addition to that, she is a real sweetheart.
You can go to HaleyReinhart.com for more info on her. You can also check here, because I will be sure to write about any major Haley news. I admit it. I am a "Halien."
Haley Reinhart and me in Chicago, IL-April 2019.