Arlo McKinley & Senora May 12.18.21
The Fox Theatre
Words by Martin Smith (whiskeyandwaxtrax)
Photos by Melissa Evans (medoesphotos)
Arlo McKinley and Senora May finished up this leg of their tour on Saturday night at Fox Theater in Boulder, CO. It was an intimate affair as many of the University of Colorado college students had already left town for the holidays, which allowed Arlo and Senora to interact with the crowd from the stage and play their songs to a fully captivated crowd. Senora has the voice of an angel and opened the show with some beautiful country songs. Arlo and his band headlined the night and had the crowd on an emotional roller coaster playing his sad country songs but also had the crowd dancing to his rock n’ roll covers and southern rock tunes.
I have been a fan of Arlo McKinley for several years but this was the first time I had seen him perform. I went into the show expecting a night of beautiful and haunting sad folk/country songs and while he definitely delivered with the sad songs, I was pleasantly surprised by how well he was able to weave in some fun rock n’ roll tunes and some southern rock jams. There were some tears but also some dancing and laughter that made for a truly amazing night of music. It was one of the more perfect sets that I’ve seen.
The Fox Theater is a wonderful mid-size venue in the heart of the CU campus “on the hill.” The sound system and the lighting were amazing and the layout of the venue is perfect for an intimate show like this one was. The surrounding bars and restaurants were quiet for a Saturday night in a college town, as the students were already on winter break but that didn’t stop Arlo and Senora from putting on a phenomenal show that left every person in attendance blown-away.
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