Impressive! Jam Presents Brit Floyd at The Chicago Theatre (May 5, 2023)

Brit Floyd is full of impressive musicians that play a lengthy three hour show. Damian Darlington, the musical director, is excellent on vocals and all the guitars he plays including a slide guitar. Ryan Saranich is an outstanding multi-instrumentalist on saxophone (especially on “Us and Them”), percussion, guitars, bass, and keyboards. Eva Avila is exceptional on vocals. She receives a well deserved standing ovation after “The Great Gig in the Sky”. The rest of the band is solid and includes Ian Cattell (Vocals, Bass), Edo Scordo (Guitars, Vocals), Matt Riddle (Keyboards, Synths, Hammond, Vocals), Arran Ahmun (Drums, Percussions), Randy Cooke (Drums, Percussions), Genevieve Little (Backing Vocals), Jesse Lee Houllier (Backing Vocals), and Chess Galea (Backing Vocals).

During “Comfortably Numb”, they put on a bit of theatre. A man comes out and slumps on a comfortable chair in front of a TV. Ian Cattell puts on a doctor’s coat and examines the man. Afterwards, he gives him some drugs with a giant needle that brings him to life for a moment. It’s a cool little scene that brings the song to life.

The best lyrics of the night are during “Another Brick in the Wall”. Everyone sings along: “We don’t need no education / We don’t need no thought control / No dark sarcasm in the classroom / Teacher, leave them kids alone”.

They also have very impressive lights and lasers along with a video screen displaying graphics throughout the show. Put all together it creates a very impressive production that is one of the best tribute shows in the world.

See the full setlist here.

Cost of a ticket: $30 (Balcony) to $110 (Middle Front)

PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Worth It (Balcony Seats)

Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother

Quinn Delaney


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