Saturday night, Bob Baldwin appeared, backed by the house band, as a special guest, he had saxophone player Stephanie Lottermoser with him. He went into the funky "The Way She Looked At Me", putting the audience in the right mood right from the start, continuing the vibe with "Welcome To Planet Funky Onion" from his current album Twenty. The temperature was rising with his rendition of Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon", followed by his tribute to Weather Report with a tune called "Joe Zawinul" with great contributions by all band members, then doing another tribute song playing the acoustic piano with "For Grover And George" that featured Stephanie Lottermoser on sax. With the sad news of the passing of Joe Sample that day having come in, he did an impromptu tribute to the man on the grand piano with a nice medley, "Street Life" included. Next was his cover of "People Make The World Go Round" by the Stylistics, before he brought another special guest, saxophonist Marion Meadows to the stage to do "Summer Breeze" with him, breaking it down in the middle to play some wicked synth sounds to the delight of the crowd, while at the end Marion Meadows got his opportunity to provide some over the top sax playing. He finished his set with one more infectious track, having provided an entertaining hour of smooth jazz.
After the intermission, Matt Marshak on guitar and Marcus Anderson on sax were the featured artists, proving to be an excellent team of players to provide an entertaining show. I always loved the cool and funky playing style of Matt Marshak with his knack for melodies, and the soulful sax of Marcus Anderson, both rising stars of smooth jazz. After a mutual track, Matt Marshak did a couple of cool funky instrumentals, among them "Lifestyle" and the funky "Jumpin'" from his current album Lifestyle. Then it was Marcus Anderson's turn, doing a rousing set of uptempo dance tracks with some fiery playing, having the audience clapping along. Being a member of the band of Prince, he did "Paisley Red" which was inspired by the man, after that keeping the energy high with a lengthy James Brown inspired funk segment, giving each band member a solo spot, in addition he did some cool vocoder stuff on his EWI. Matt Marshak returned and slowed things down a bit with some more mellow grooves on the guitar, before doing his tribute to Larry Carlton with "Sleepwalker", which went down very well with the crowd. Marcus Anderson came back, turning up the heat again, before slowing it down singing Marvin Gaye's "I Want You", followed by some heartfelt sax playing, serenading the women in the audience, then picking up his flute to add another flavor to his music. Maze's "Joy And Pain" was a welcome addition as well, then a velvety sax track from his current Style Meets Substance album followed, which was smooth jazz bliss, during this song, he went out into the audience with a bunch of roses to hand out to some lucky females, you could see smiling and happy faces abound, one last woman had the privilege to come up with him to the stage, having Marcus serenade her and make her feel like a woman, teaching us men a lesson how to deal with the opposite sex. She was a good gal and played along nicely. Matt Marshak returned to the stage and turned up the groove with a nice George Benson medley, "Breezin'" was especially nice. As a special surprise, for the last song, they invited twin sisters Magdalena Chovancova on sax and Gabriela Chovancova on drums from the band Threestyle to the stage to play the Michael Jackson classic "Rock With You" with them, giving both their solo spots, allowing them to show their skills. People screamed for more and got a cover of the Prince hit "Kiss" with all players on stage, concluding a truly great high energy concert.