Zac Harmon opens for Kansas
Zac Harmon, as he did as the headliner of the 2013 Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival — the seventh edition of which will be Monday at Lake Shawnee — wowed the Landon Arena crowd as the evening’s penultimate act.
Topeka is a blues-loving town, and in the case of Harmon, his current Blind Pig album describes how he fit Saturday’s bill: “Right Man Right Now.”
Whether he was driving the crowd to its feet to dance to some rousing blues or setting a more mournful tone with his wailing guitar chops, Harmon’s set alone was worth the price of admission, had there been one.
While his set drew mainly from his own catalog of original blues and a few genre standards, Harmon demonstrated he could astound with an unexpected cover.
In a salute to veterans, current military personnel, firefighters, police officers and everyone else who keeps us out of harm’s way, Harmon delivered an amazing cover of “Knocking on Heaven’s Door,” saying the Bob Dylan-penned song as recorded by Guns n’ Roses was the favorite of a young soldier who when not sweeping for roadside bombs escorted him in 2010 as he performed in Iraq.
The way Harmon covered the song was heaven-sent and showed that for guitar skills, showmanship and songwriting prowess, Harmon is worth seeing again and again and again.