Wednesday night (1-20-16) Karen and I took our boat down the New River and docked at the Broward Center to spend the evening with Jackson Browne. Jackson showed up with his piano and what he called his, “Wall of guitars.”
Playing solo allowed Jackson to talk about his songs and engage the crowd. Learning the backstory about many of his works, direct from the source, was fantastic.
Jackson changed from guitar to piano whenever the whim was upon him.
Jackson acknowledged the fact that he needed Glenn Frey’s help completing the lyrics to “Take It Easy” in 1971. He delighted in telling the audience that, “I’ve seen it in people’s faces at my concerts when I play “Take It Easy” at the end of my show. They have this confused look like he played a nice show, but then ended with an Eagles’ cover song.”
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts plays host to a broad spectrum of plays, operas and all genres of music. With a capacity seating of 5,455 and incredible acoustics, it was a fantastic venue for Jackson’s music and style. Jackson ended the show at his piano after inviting the audience to sing along with him during “Running On Empty.” The crowd of aging hippies and baby boomers shuffled out contentedly humming or playing the song in their heads.