Posts Tagged ‘concert’

RAIN, a Tribute to the Beatles at the CPA, San Jose

Rain: The Beatles Experience

If you’re looking for something non-Halloween to do this week, Broadway San Jose has another great show playing.  Rain, A Tribute to the Beatles is putting smiles on the faces of a pretty packed audience at the Center for Performing Arts.  If you love the Beatles, are a fan of the 60s, or just enjoy an evening of great music, this is the show for you.

Not just a bunch of Beatles impersonators, this was a fun, interactive show that gets everyone involved.  There are three large screens playing old newsreels, hilarious commercials from the 60s, animations, and lots of film of screaming girls interspersed with footage of the CPA audience as well.  Like it or not, there’s a good chance you’ll be up on that screen!  There are several great costume changes (with the Sgt. Pepper period my favorite), and the show moves chronologically from the Ed Sullivan Show through Abbey Road.

I was a big Beatles fan in my younger days but have never really sat down and listened to their music in chronological order.  I really enjoyed seeing and hearing the growth and changes in their sound and messages, and it made me appreciate their music even more.  The show starts out a little slow but quickly picks up steam and by intermission the audience is up on their feet clapping and dancing along.  As everyone streamed out of the CPA when it was over I heard several very happy and pleased comments from the audience.

The Sgt. Pepper period

I took my 18 year old daughter, usually the toughest critic in San Jose, and she loved it.  She said it wasn’t what she expected and that she really wanted to see it again.  That is just about the strongest piece of praise you can get from this child.

But time is running out to get your tickets.  Don’t miss out on this super fun show.  Give up the tricks for one night and give yourself a treat instead.

Broadway San Jose

Center for Performing Arts
October 26 – 31
Tuesday – Thursday – 7:30 p.m.
Friday – 8 p.m.
Saturday – 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday – 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Britney Spears: Less exciting than a Cadbury Egg, more so than plastic green grass

If you don’t live in close proximity to any teenage girls you may not realize that Britney Spears was at the HP Pavilion Sunday night. Britney herself thought she was in Sacramento, but I’ll save that story for later. The Pussy Cat Dolls joined her for an Easter night concert that was not as great as it should have been but still left the audience screaming in delight.

I brought three 17 year old girls with me, and they were out of their minds with excitement to see Britney and the Pussy Cat Dolls. We arrived extra early so we would have time to buy some T-shirts ($40), a Britney mug ($10), a large bag of “Britney Pop Corn” ($4.50) and a soda in the Commemorative Britney Cup, a large orange plastic thing that will last approximately three runs in the dishwasher and cost $7.50. Then we took our Britney Pop Corn and our shirts and went to sit down.

The stage was set up like a three-ring circus with a cylindrical film screen hanging over the center ring. There was also a cylindrical curtain in the center ring allowing for entrances and exits through the middle. It was a nice set up that allowed the entire pavilion access to views of the stage and made every seat at the HPP a good one.

The Pussy Cat Dolls took the stage at 7pm, and although the Pavilion was barely half full at this time, the screams were deafening. My three guests were out of their minds with excitement as I nonchalantly sat in my seat updating my Twitter account about the concert – I’ll be honest, the PCD are not my thing, but I do enjoy some of their songs. There was a spiral staircase in the center ring which they used to dance on, and they also ran back and forth between the three rings. They had some great dance numbers and the audience loved them. Pussy Cat Doll lead singer Nicole Scherzinger gave a shout out to San Jose what seemed like 30 times in their 45 minute set; I suppose Britney wasn’t paying attention – but again, that’s for later in the story. The crowd went wild when they started up “Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire, and again I give them props for their dance numbers, they definitely brought their skills with them. There were only five Pussy Cat Dolls on a huge three ring stage, but they made use of all three rings and really gave their all in the dance numbers. They closed their act with “When I Grow Up”, a song to which not even I am immune. I sang and danced with the rest of the audience, we shouted our applause as they ran off stage, and we sat back down to wait for Britney.
Britney Spears review after the jump

Terms of use | Privacy Policy | Content: Creative Commons | Site and Design © 2009 | Metroblogging ® and Metblogs ® are registered trademarks of Bode Media, Inc.