Martina McBride made a return to The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor last Saturday (Aug. 24), and it was a full house of appreciative fans to welcome her back. The diminutive singer with the big voice is a favourite in Windsor and it’s clear why when you see her shows. Her warm smile and genuine banter with audience members make them feel like they’re part of her family. In fact, many of her songs are about family, love and overcoming adversity. From the opening number, “Love’s The Only House” from 1999’s Emotion, she set the mood for the night and treated the crowd to a 20 song set spanning her 30 year professional career.
Always dressed stylish, the beautiful brunette asked the crowd how they liked her “sparkly boots” to roars of approval. It’s this relationship she nurtures with her fans that is part of her popularity. Her voice is undeniably amazing, but it’s the personality and the genuineness of her character that shines through and puts her a notch above the rest.
There were many personal moments during the show where McBride told the crowd how much some of the songs mean to her. In particular Reckless from the 2016 album of the same name which she dedicated to her husband, sound engineer John McBride. Also dedicated to her three daughters was her song “In My Daughter’s Eyes”. McBride is clearly a passionate performer with deep commitment to her family and compassion for people in general.
According to McBride, one of her favourite moments in the show was during the song “I’m Gonna Love You Through It.” She asked the audience to hold up their phones if they or someone they know is going through a hard time. She posted on Instagram after the show “It’s so moving and so powerful to see people being vulnerable and doing it all together. Sharing. Connecting. Sending out light and positivity. I just stand up there on stage and soak it all up. This is what it’s all about.”
McBride’s passion for people is also shown in her “Team Music Is Love” charity initiative that, in partnership with fans, supports several successful fundraising and volunteer projects for causes ranging from hunger relief to cancer research, combating domestic violence, and helping children in need. It’s no wonder that during her shows there are often shouts of “I love you Martina!” and she acknowledges them all.
Among her many hits were a few covers, one of my favorites being the Joe South song “Rose Garden” made famous by Lynn Anderson in 1970. McBride’s version feels slightly more contemporary but very close to and just as beautiful as the original. Martina came out for a two song encore performing “Blessed”, her number one hit from 2001’s Greatest Hits album and ending the show with the Pat Benatar rock classic, Hit Me With your Best Shot. This was Martina’s third time playing The Colosseum in Windsor and hopefully for the fans in attendance who clearly love her, she returns again soon!
Upcoming shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor include Canadian rock bands Moist and Big Sugar (Sept. 5), comedian Iliza Shlesinger (Sept. 12), veteran comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short (Sept. 27), and Canadian Country Music icons Dean Brody and Dallas Smith (Oct. 4). For a complete listing of upcoming shows visit https://www.caesars.com/caesars-windsor/shows
Article by Dan Boshart
Dan Boshart is a talented photographer from Windsor, Ontario, who is looking forward to spending more time on concert photography when he retires from his full time job in the automotive industry. In addition to shooting bands, he has an interest in travel, architectural and street photography. Some of Dan’s photos can be viewed on Instagram and he can be followed on Twitter or his 27th Floor Photography Facebook Page.