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Ray LaMontagne Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.5 star rating (2.4 Stars)

Number of reviews: 48

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1.0 star rating Rick & Rebecca from Houston, Texas

RAY! WHAT THE HECK?!?

We were very pumped to see Ray again - this was our second time, the first being when he played at Verizon Wireless Center a few years ago and captivated us with his performance, most notably with the song, Empty. After that show we immersed ourselves in his music and came to love many, many of his songs - none of which were played last night at SFC. We thought that a lot of the new songs were great, but to not hear a single one of his old hits was a huge disappointment. Honestly, I question Ray's business savvy, because like many other fans, we vowed to never spend our hard-earned money on one of his shows again.

1.0 star rating Gigi and John from Minneapolis, Minnesota

LOVE RAY, HATED THE SHOW!!

The venue is so special at the State Theatre. We were 8 rows from stage and could not hear first 3 songs. It was just Ray and his Wilco sidekick with guitars and an occasional harmonica. No band. He did one hit song and the rest felt like a living room performance. Most people left about 6 songs in. The audience started talking and looking at their phones. We were so disappointed because we love Ray's music. We will never buy to see him live again. Don’t recommend it and only gave one star because I could not give zero.

4.0 star rating Jason from Dallas, Texas

REALLY GREAT!

Went to the show at the Fair Park Music Hall. Venue is top notch and the sound was some of the best I've ever heard. Ray's voice was identical to what his records sound like, which is a high compliment. So many artists are so digitally altered it's almost shocking to hear something so pure and unadulterated. There was only Ray and another musician on stage, which gave the night a very sparse, ethereal air. It was unexpected but very enjoyable. My only minor quibble was that I would have liked to have seen some songs with a full band. Other than that, for my first time seeing him, I was impressed and look forward to seeing him again. Great show!

2.0 star rating DW from Denver, Colorado

GREAT SINGER, TERRIBLE ENTERTAINER

It might be stage fright, but who knows, Ray needs to be coached by a performer who can teach him the basic skills of relating to your audience. Here are some ideas, Greet your audience, introduce yourself, introduce the song you are singing, respond when the audience claps and cheers for you, don't just turn around and grab a guitar from a roadie, don't tune on stage, tell everyone you love playing for them, These are basic skills anyone can do them, Ray has an amazing voice but his show was non existent and there was zero showmanship. A real snooze fest, especially for first timers who were brought by a fan, but don't know Ray or his music. I am a fan of his recorded music, I will never attend another live performance unless he ups his game and decides to enter the arena of the "entertainer".

1.0 star rating Blondrea from Houston, Texas

LOVE RAY, DISAPPOINTED IN THE SHOW

Saw the "Just Passing Through" show in Los Angeles. Am such a huge fan, but the show was weak. Big, beautiful old theatre, but his voice was just lost. He and his co-performer (guitarist, keyboard player) stood on two big blue rugs that were just weird. All Ray's power was just...sucked into the ether. I actually put on my earbuds and listened to some of my favorite songs (like Summer) on my phone as he performed. Very disappointed. Kind of ruined my appreciation of him and his music. Hope I can get back to where I was before I went to see this weird and weak show.

1.0 star rating TS from Los Angeles

2 YEARS LATER AND STILL UPSET OVER HOW BAD RAY WAS

Greek theatre, Part of the Light tour 2018. Obviously knew Ray from his older stuff, but had listened to the new album and liked some of it...but didn't expect that to be the entire show. His vocals were unrecognizable, sounded like a gutteral high school battle of bands performance. Zero awarenesss or interest in half the audience who paid $200+ giving up and leaving an hour into the show. Long time fan, still love his music, but will never pay to see him live again. Worst show I've ever been too, the bad taste from the experience still hasn't left me.

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