Pokey LaFarge performs at the Orpheum Theater in Galesburg on Friday
GALESBURG — Pokey LaFarge & His Band performed Friday night at The Orpheum to a cheering crowd.
It was LaFarge’s second appearance in Galesburg; his premiere was October 3, 2021. Hailing from Bloomington, LaFarge’s style is a mix of blues, folk, country and retro rock. He sang and played guitar and mandolin and was backed by guitar, double bass and drums. LaFarge sang every song, sometimes whistling, humming, and even making the sound of a horn.
The show lasted well over an hour and ended with “Goodbye (Hope Not Forever)”, which is the same song he ended his 2021 set with the last time he was in town.
LaFarge made several references to the beauty and exceptional sound of the Orpheum, and at one point performed a song without amplification to take advantage of the theater’s acoustics. Built in 1916, the theater has featured artists such as Jack Benny, George Burns, Houdini and Al Jolson. LaFarge even referenced the history of the Marx Brothers who got their name during a show at the Orpheum.
LaFarge’s tour promotes his latest album: “In the Blossom of Their Shade”. Turnout Friday filled about two-thirds of the theater.
The Dance Hall Doves, featuring Core Weisenberger and Erin Glasnovich of Galesburg, opened the show for LaFarge and performed a 45-minute set.
Next up for the Orpheum is a performance by singer Haley Reinhart on September 13. Reinhart, of Wheeling, Illinois, placed third on “American Idol” and toured with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox.