5 thoughts from Hall & Oates at the Joint

Hall & Oates at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013.
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1. Hall & Oates open with “Out of Touch,” but their sound couldn’t be more spot on. The duo is perfectly on key during Saturday night's show, especially Daryl Hall, who takes on most of the hard-to-hit vocals. The band is funky and tight, and fans are already standing up to dance in the center aisles.

2. Does Hall always wear sunglasses indoors or did he come prepared to brave the Joint’s bright lights? Either way, everyone here is dressed to impress, including a large group of 20-somethings who look like they stepped right off a yacht. If you have white slacks and Sperry Top-Siders, I can’t think of a better place to wear them.

3. Hall is damned cool, but Oates deserves attention, too (and not just for his ombré shirt). While he mainly sings back up to Hall’s near-falsetto, Oates' soulful guitar playing and deeper vocals are a perfect contrast to Hall’s signature high notes and, er, moans.

4. The traveling band is full of surprises and makes the duo’s signature soul-pop come alive. Between Charles DeChant’s 5-minute saxophone solo, Paul Pesco playing his guitar with his teeth and percussionist Porter Carroll belting out the highest notes of the night, the crowd is going wild—and for good reason.

5. It’s custom nowadays for people to try to escape to their cars before the encore. Not tonight. After an hour of hits like “She’s Gone,” “Sara Smile,” “Maneater” and “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do),” the guys have plenty more to play—enough for two encores. The crowd leaves their seats, but only to get a closer spot up front for the final round of tunes, including “Rich Girl,” “You Make My Dreams Come True,” “Kiss On My List” and “Private Eyes."

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