Kevin Rudolf House of Blues – Chicago, IL April 8, 2009
You would think that an artist who has a major hit song (and another on the way) on Top 40 radio across the country would sell out a club like the House of Blues. Especially in Chicago – the third largest city in America. But to my surprise and that of everybody at the concert, Kevin Rudolf only drew enough fans to fill the venue half way. I was genuinely shocked at the turnout. For those of you who have no clue who Kevin Rudolf is, you already know his song “Let It Rock.” How could you have not heard it yet? “Let It Rock” features the omnipresent self-proclaimed “best rapper alive” Lil Wayne and is all over radio airwaves. Rudolf’s second single to be added to radio is “Welcome To The World” and features rapper Rick Ross. Both songs are extremely catchy with some of the most contagious hooks I’ve ever heard. Kevin Rudolf recently released his debut album In The City this past November 2008.
If you need to know anything about Kevin, know this: he is one HELL of a guitarist! Rudolf as performed as a session guitarist during the recordings of the lastest albums by the Black Eyed Peas, Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake, and many more. I wish Kevin would have performed every song on his album In The City at his House of Blues show last Wednesday in Chicago. He only played a 30-minute set! Rudolf could’ve easily been on stage for an hour if he had played all 12 tracks off his record plus a cover song or two. I love both “Let It Rock” and “Welcome To The World” and was looking forward to his show. However, I was deeply disappointed by how short his set was. I mean, half an hour?! What the heck is that? Hopefully the next time Kevin Rudolf comes through Chicago, he will make it worth the fans’ time by giving them a longer show. More photos of Mr. Rudolf after the jump…
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