The Legacy Shines On At Season Finale Out At The Downs

Concert Review
Dire Straits Legacy
Bruce Wojick & The Struggle
Rockin’ The Downs
Batavia Downs
Batavia, NY
Review & Photos: Joseph Suto

The Dire Straits Legacy played the finale of the Rockin’ The Downs concert series for 2022. “See you in 2023” emcee Jim McGee stated bringing this years series to a close. It was a fairly decent year for the series as they set an attendance record for 38 Special and brought in some decent talent. Hopefully next season will bring us some more great times with great artists.

The Dire Straits Legacy is a unique band. Most of the lineup has at one time played with Dire Straits including keyboardist Allen Clark, guitarist Phil Palmer, saxophonist, Mel Collins and keyboardist Guy Fletcher. Also joining the band were drummer Cristiano Micalizzi and bassist Trevor Horn. Yes, the same Trevor Horn who sang on the 1980 Yes album Drama and is a famous record producer. Marco Caviglia handled guitar and lead vocals.

The band did a commendable job on the catalog and served justice to the versions they played. Highlights included “Walk Of Life”, “Romeo and Juliet” and “Sultans of Swing”. The inclusion of Horn singing a rendition of the Yes song “Owner Of A Lonely Heart” was an added treat although “Video Killed The Radio Star” which Horn sang on as part of the Buggles would have fit in snuggly next to “Money For Nothing”. I do want my old school style MTV, those were the days.

Set List

Once Upon A Tie in the West
Walk Of Life
Setting Me Up
Tunnel of Love
Romeo and Juliet
Down to the Waterline
Owner of a Lonely Heart
The Bug
Your Latest Trick
Telegraph Road
Brothers In Arms
Sultans Of Swing
Money For Nothing

Opening the show with a solid set were Bruce Wojick and The Struggle.

About Joseph Suto

Location: Buffalo, NY Photographer/Reviewer
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