By Anthony Nguyen
The award-winning Perth-based group, Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys, returns to the Adelaide Fringe 2015 presenting Rhythm Spectacular: The Music of Beyonce. Featuring the energetic Jessie Gordon and soulful Melody Itszein on vocals and a 6-piece rhythm and blues band, Beyonce fans can rejoice and celebrate as several of Beyonce’s top hits are given a New Orleans-style jazz rendition.
Performances also included choreography from the Velvet Playgirls as well as the Adelaide swing dancing group, The Ragdolls. Through lively enthusiasm of the musical numbers, audience members were encouraged to dance along the aisles, performers even bringing some people up front with the dancers.
With unique interpretations highlighting Beyonce’s impressive career, Gordon and Itszein showcase their vocal prowess through songs such as Crazy in Love, Déjà Vu, Love On Top, Single Ladies, and Irreplaceable. Additional tunes from the Beyonce’s Destiny’s Child days, Jumpin’ Jumpin’ and Bootylicious, were also featured.
Adam Hall is an internationally renowned performer and clearly shows expertise not only with the trumpet but also vocally. Although Rhythm Spectacular: The Music of Beyonce has finished its show run for the 2015 Adelaide Fringe on March 15th, it can be expected to see the Velvet Playboys with another Rhythm Spectacular show in the future.
Kryztoff Rating: 4K