“It doesn’t get any better than this! I love the Midwest in the summer!” says Mayer Hawthorne at Mamby on the Beach. And he should know, being from Ann Arbor, Michigan. The weather is a perfect 75 degrees and sunny at Oakwood Beach during his set. The Chicago skyline is easily visible off to the right of the stage. Hawthorne’s soulful music fits in perfectly and he gets the crowd dancing with “The Valley”. “She’s gotta get out the valley. If she stays too long she’ll die! She’s gonna make it in Cali, gotta try! ” With the crowd dancing barefoot on the sand, it sure does feel a lot like Cali.
The dance party continues with “Designer Drug”. This song has such a great groove and a fantastically singable bridge. “It’s like you’re made inside a laboratory, just for me”. Everyone has a huge smile on their face!
The songs continue to match the scene. “Waterfront, sunshine, a little weed, a little red wine” begins “Crime”. “We just wanna party! Just wanna rock all night!” It’s the perfect for this summer tune. They also throw in a song by his other band, Tuxedo, called “Do It”. Pitbull released a fantastic version of this song as well.
Mayer Hawthorne will surely play Chicago many times again in his career that is doing very well. However, it will be hard to top this perfect scene on this weekend night in July!