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 Delbert McClinton plays the Lafayette Club
 Review by Janet Johnson, photos by David Johnson

Delber McClinton  For me it was like returning to the skating rink where I first learned to roller skate—Circus Roller Rink, 1944-45? But instead of skating, I was dancing!!! Hip Pocket, the warm up group, is always a favorite in the Blgtn/Normal area. Played Chicago style to MoTown, Country plus a great tribute to the Crescent City. Back step a bit…we arrived around 7:10 and had to park in the back parking lot!!!! Upon entering, almost every table was filled or reserved. We arrived with the temperature at 14` F and left at 6`---didn’t deter any of us! I felt like I was at a “home game” where everyone there personally knew the hometown pitcher and that he knew everyone in the crowd. Fresh from his Grammy, Delbert packed the dance floor—very difficult not to dance! He definitely made the audience feel like he was singing & playing to each of us individually---and he did dedicate songs to people in attendance….to Jan: “Never Known Love so Strong”(I would have thought it was me if I hadn’t known better), “Like to Listen to Rock & Roll, but like to Two Step, Too”!!!! I felt that he has the ability to make a personal relationship with each member of his audience! Coming straight from Nashville, Delbert complained about the frigid weather but proceeded to warm the crowd with great blues!

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