You-review-it Monday: McCartney and more

July 15, 2013
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For me, the weekend included a trip to Chicago for Improv Shakespeare and the Goodman Theatre's "The Jungle Book" (more on both later). Car trouble, alas, kept me longer than planned. So fill in the blanks for me, if you will.

 

What did I miss in Indy this weekend? Did you get to the Paul McCartney concert? Catch "ZirkusGrimm" in Irvington? Sit in on Symphony on the Prairie? Give in to your kids' push to see the Jonas Brothers?

What did you hear, see or do this weekend on the A&E front?

Your thoughts?

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  • McCartney concert
    3 hours of full-on rock, excellent musicianship and fantastic singing and rocking. Video and lights were a plus and the diversity in age groups added to the enjoyment. Two guys probably age 21 sat in front of us and it was so great to see them so happy singing along to every song and enjoying the genius of McCartney as well as savoring those masterpieces of Beatle days. The full set list had 30-32 songs. We paid $60 for tickets plus $20 in what I call rip-off charges but overall $80 for a memorable night of top-notch performances by the band and Paul, a true artist and musical genius.
  • Sir Paul Still Has It...
    My wife is too young to have seen the Beatles in 1964 but she is a diehard fan and there was no shortage of people surrounding us that told us they were there in 1964 when the Fab Four preformed at the fairgrounds. It was a great show that included hits from the Beatles, Wings, and Paul's solo career. He included tributes to John, George, and Linda. Watching Grandparents rocking with their grandkids is a testament to the songs and lyrics of this one of a kind performer. Indianapolis showed its love with what looked like a sold out show and two encores later it was over. His voice is fading but the words, the musicianship, joy and love he showed to his fans made for a great night.
  • Mountain, Musicals, Monster and McCartney
    We had an incredibly full A&E weekend. Thursday found us laughing with Pastor Oglethorpe at Beef and Boards Smoke on the Mountain. Sarah Hund's portrayal of the slightly off June Sanders was both funny and endearing. John Vessels as the flustered pastor is absolutely hysterical. Friday found us experiencing the Marsh Symphony on the Prairie for the first time. The selection of Broadway show tunes as the perfect soundtrack to the beautiful sunset on a gorgeous evening. Christina Bianco's channeling of several Broadway Divas in her "solo" medley of impersonations was a real highlight. Saturday brought us back for a repeat performance of Footlite's Young Frankenstein. Having seen the show in both NYC and Chicago, I had been fully expecting to be disappointed by a local, young artists performance. Not only was I not disappointed, I was thrilled by the spot-on performance by this young cast. I expect to see great things Justin Klein (Dr. Frederick Frankenstein) and Damon Clevenger (Igor). The entire cast was stellar. If you love Mel Brooks, you MUST SEE this show. Don't be fooled by the small venue and simple sets, this cast is packed with talent. And how do you top all that? Why not a night with a living legend and British Knight? As others have already said, Sir Paul put on a fabulous 3-hour show. I got to take my mom who has waited 50 years to finally see McCartney. I saw her transform into a 17 year old fan right before my eyes. What a delight.
  • Great Show Paul!
    I attended the show from one of the most expensive seats in the house and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I have seen Paul 4 times, including tonight (all solo, starting in 1988) and each time has been great. I was able to buy my tix ahead of time through his fan club (free membership, unlike a lot of acts!) which was very much appreciated. He played 36 or 38 songs, depending on if you count the abbey rd medley as 1 or 3 songs. The only qualm I had was that he seemed to play one or two too many Wings tunes, but made up for it in playing Beatles tunes heretofore never performed live (Lovely Rita, Benefit of Mr. Kite, All Together Now). I thought his crowd interaction was lighthearted and funny (his pronunciation of 'Hoosiers' was funny). Coming back out on stage during the encore waving the State and American flags was a nice touch. Hopefully he doesn't wait 10 years to come back! Note to the Stones--people will pay to see you here--find a way to include Indy on your current tour! (my source tells me that their last show here during their 'Bigger Bang' tour drew poorly, so Mick Jagger has unoffically sworn off Indy).
  • Best Show Ever
    So, having seen Paul McCartney 20 years ago, I didn't know if the show could be topped. but it was better! His mood was funny and light and you could tell that the entire band had fun. The set list was outstanding and the graphics and lights were great. Outstanding! Hearing songs from my growing up years live made it well worth the price of tix.

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