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Ray LaMontagne Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.5 star rating (2.4 Stars)

Number of reviews: 56



2.0 star rating LRosy from Phoenix, Arizona


If we wanted to hear Black Sabbath, we would’ve bought a ticket to Black Sabbath. Ray...we want to hear your soulful side. We won’t be back.

2.0 star rating Mark Schaefer from Phoenix, Arizona


While I appreciate Ray Lamontagne's music, my wife is a much bigger fan and I purchased the tickets as a treat for her. We both left a little disappointed as the concert did seem a bit self indulgent. Perhaps Ray misses the point he's an entertainer and performer as much as a musician. I understand he wants to play and promote new music but how does it hurt to sprinkle in some of his older songs as well as some interaction with the audience. May make the audience more receptive to the new stuff. It wasn't bad but certainly likely not worth the $$ and lost sleep on a weeknight.

2.0 star rating Rich from San Francisco, California


Went last night 6/1/18. Beautiful venue and weather. Of course Ray is talented and his voice is unique but he failed on many fronts. First, he failed to thank his opening act. Second, he failed to address the audience, bring us in, build raport. FInally, he failed to play Trouble, You are the Best Thing, Let it be Me, Jolene and others big hits. The crowd begged for it but he delivered none of them. In fact, at one point, in response a Jolene request, he responded, "haven't you heard that enough?" Um, Ray, the answer is no. All of the people i spoke with after the show were sorely disappointed as well. Van Morrison acts this way often in concert but he can get away with it as his songs and music are superior to Ray and he will usually play his hits. Ray did not give the people what they wanted - a personal touch, gratitude, and the songs we all wanted to hear. I suspect half th audience would not return if he cam back in a year. Adios Ray.

2.0 star rating DW from Denver, Colorado


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".

2.0 star rating I used to like you more before seeing you live. from Hershey, Pennsylvania


Obviously we went for the music, which sounded beautiful and sultry coming from Ray...but the lights were down the ENTIRE time and we could NOT see him at ALL (come on, how do you connect with that?), and when he spoke all of 3 times, he whispered to where you could barely hear him. It's apparent that he does NOT like performing for others and should reconsider being on tour before having fans spend a ton to see pretty much nothing. Disappointing, Ray.

1.0 star rating Gigi and John from Minneapolis, Minnesota


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.

1.0 star rating Joan from Madison, Wisconsin


I love Ray's soulful songs, at which he is masterful. His new music with the harder rock sound do not suit his voice. His growling fades out, there are no sharp edges in the delivery. He would not be famous with this set. I was disappointed - no duets, no banter, no joy. The venue is wonderful, but people feed free to talk during the performance. I wondered if that is all the time or just because of this show.

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