American Idol finalist Haley Reinhart received a heroes’ welcome in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, on May 14, 2011. This reporter was able to see Reinhart as she performed at Arlington Park Racetrack, an excellent outdoor venue for a concert.
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The weather was wet and rainy, so umbrellas and rain slickers were in abundance in the audience of 29,772. Up in the press box, there was a roof overhead, but the dampness intruded. I marveled at the number of people who stood in the rain, waiting for the concert to begin and during the concert itself.
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It was a family affair, as Haley brought her parents, Harry Reinhart and Patti Miller-Reinhart, and her sister, Angela, onstage to jam with her. Haley said that her parents had been making music together for 30 years. The musical family gave a rousing performance of Janis Joplins’ “Piece of My Heart”
Haley thanked her parents for exposing her to The Beatles when she was young, as she has learned a lot about harmonizing from listening to the legendary rock group.
In all, Haley sang six songs, including: The Beatles’ Oh Darlin,’ The Animals’ :House of the Rising Sun,’ Elton John’s “Bennie & the Jets,” Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart,” “Sweet Home Chicago” and Duffy’s “Mercy.” The singer still overused the growl in the high notes, which the American Idol judges had criticized her for in last week’s show.
Haley Reinhart had also tried out for American Idol last year, the season won by Mount Prospect native Lee DeWyze. This is the second year that an American Idol homecoming has been held at Arlington Park, which is quite a distinction. American Idol Lee Dewyze concert at Arlington Park
In all, it was a successful homecoming for Haley Reinhart, in spite of the rain.
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