With his lightning quick fingers and luring Midwestern charm, Jon McLaughlin knows how to entertain. From piano ballads to dueling guitar solos, McLaughlin and his band covered every end of the musical spectrum while singing of high school woes and hometown Joes.

His unorthodox playing style coupled with his stage presence won the audience’s attention and mesmerized with every keystroke. At times his hands were moving so fast it was hard to see them, let alone believe someone was playing what was being heard.

McLaughlin re-entered the stage for an encore alone with a harmonica in hand. Not knowing what to expect, the audience bustled around until McLaughlin broke out into Billy Joel’s “Piano Man.”

Although his music seemed somewhat repetitive throughout the evening, the unparalleled piano work and enthusiastic stage presence of McLaughlin make his show one to see.