Sting [Police] Draws Thousands to Chicago's Uptown Neighborhood

    Sting [Police] Draws Thousands to Chicago's Uptown Neighborhood


                                                    March 3, 2017 - Aragon Ballroom

                                                     Story by: Jenafur Schlangen - Adams
                                                     Photos by: Coren McLeod

It is widely known among the locals in Chicago that the neighborhood of Uptown has had its fair share of police presence over the past few years. However, this time, the gathering of the masses was solely to catch a rare performance of former Police frontman, Sting at the Aragon Ballroom, on March 3.

Cleary a concert event that may have normally taken place at the United Center [Arena], Sting's
Joe Sumner
performance proved to be an intimate music experience for a very lucky 5,000 fans…that's full capacity for the Aragon Ballroom in Uptown. Perhaps it was no accident this particular venue was chosen for this tour, simply because of the warm and inviting nature of it all, like a family affair,
complete with the introduction and performance of Sting's own son, Joe Sumner. And, from that performance alone, it was very obvious that musical talent courses through this family's bloodline. It is worth noting that when not appearing with his father, Joe can be found rocking out with his own band, Fiction Plane. A band to definitely keep an eye out for in the very near future.

The Last Bandoleros
Opening up the show with a full set was the Last Bandoleros, a San Antonio trio, self-described as a "Tex-Mex/Pop-Rock outfit," which is certainly fitting, especially since there was barely a person within the sold-out crowd standing still during their entire performance. These guys had a ton of energy and their music had a consistent yet unique country type of flair, with a hint of pop-twang which made it all the more energetic.

Literally, after only a few short minutes from the time the Last Bandoleros played their last song,
 Sting wasted no time, striding onto the stage to begin his full-on, blast from the past music experience. Beginning with the ever popular Police tune, "Many Miles Away," the sold-out audience erupts with an applause and cheer that was deafening. The smile and goose-bumps that appeared within me were instantaneous. It was a magical evening in which the song choices were no doubt a large contribution to that experience. There was little room for disappointment, having travelled down a musical memory lane with songs like, "Spirits In The Material World," "I Can't Stop Thinking of You," and, "Englishman in New York" just to name a few. But the encore performances were those that categorized the entire concert experience as truly epic. "Message in a Bottle" and "Roxanne" were among only two reminders of Sting's amazingly talented past and those for which his fans have all come to love and appreciate within his solo artistry of today.

There is no doubt that Sting is a performer who has topped the bucket list of millions of concert goers. And, for those lucky 5,000 on March 3rd in Chicago, I was definitely grateful to have been one of them. What a show! 57th & 9th Tour |
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