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  • Writer's pictureJoey Amato

Concert Review: Richard Marx at the Center for the Performing Arts



Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Richard Marx delivered an unforgettable night of music at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana. The intimate setting of the venue perfectly complemented Marx's acoustic performance, creating an atmosphere that allowed the audience to connect deeply with his timeless hits. Marx even took a few requests throughout the evening.


He opened the set with “Believe in Me” and “Front Row Seat” before launching into "Take This Heart" which showcased Marx's ability to blend heartfelt lyrics with masterful guitar work. The acoustic arrangement brought out the nuances of the song, allowing the audience to appreciate the craftsmanship behind the music. Marx's stage presence and storytelling between songs added a personal touch, creating a connection that went beyond the music itself.


Marx only played a few new songs, instead opting to focus on the hits including “When You Loved Me” and “This I Promise You”, a crowd favorite which he wrote for *NSYNC. After a casual start to the show, Marx belted out one hit after the other. "Shoulda Known Better," Marx immediately captivated the audience with his rich, melodic voice and expert guitar skills. The stripped-down arrangement allowed for a raw and authentic experience, showcasing the enduring quality of Marx's songwriting.


As the evening progressed, Marx continued to enchant the crowd with acoustic renditions of some of his most beloved classics. "Hold on to the Nights" took on a new depth in this acoustic setting, with Marx's emotive delivery resonating through the venue, which was followed by “Now and Forever.”


Marx even told a few fun stories throughout the show including how he had the opportunity to write with the iconic Burt Bacharach, hang out with Sir Rod Stewart and how he gave some not-so-great advice to Bryan Adams.


At one point, Marx decided to try a mic-less performance of “Angelia”. The intimacy of the venue created the perfect environment for this kind of performance which showcased the power of his voice.


The highlight of the evening came as Marx closed the show with the iconic ballad "Right Here Waiting," performed on the piano. The venue fell into a hushed silence as the first notes echoed through the room. The emotional depth of the song was palpable, and Marx's piano performance added a layer of intimacy that left the audience spellbound. The song served as a fitting conclusion to an evening filled with musical magic.


In summary, Richard Marx's acoustic performance at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel was a masterclass in musical storytelling. His ability to breathe new life into familiar classics and connect with the audience on a personal level made for an extraordinary night of music that will linger in the hearts of those fortunate enough to be in attendance. Richard Marx proved once again that his timeless hits continue to resonate, reminding us all why he remains a true icon in the world of pop and rock.

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