Taj Mahal (Henry Saint Clair Fredericks (born May 17, 1942)) really is that oft-heard and over-used cliche' "living legend". Few musicians from the era that produced Taj Mahal are still with us, and of thise that are, there are only a few that can still play with the passion, technique, and talent that Taj does. Seeing at The Birchmere seemed to be a bonus, in particular, for Taj Mahal. The atmosphere lends itself perfectly to the rather intimate show that seems to make him tick. Surrounded by all of his favorite instruments, from a standard acoustic guitar, to a banjo, to his gold American Standard resonator guitar, he appeared releaxed and in complete control. A showman in every sense of the word, he still plays songs that were first written decades ago with a passion that is hard to decribe....eyes closed, fingers working, all enhanced by his bluesy, relaxed, experienced vocals. As our musical heros age and depart us, it is a pleasure to still be able to see and hear such a huge musical contributor person, still. The audience was enthralled, and it was much more of a shared experience with Taj, than a concert.