Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Barry Mamilow Live! This is a Boston Music Coalition Live Music Review

 By Doug Ruffin
      Boston Music Coalition

Those who know me also understand my love for music. Be it live or pounding dance beats in a club I love it all. Barry Manilow delivered both on the final stop of his summer tour in Worcester Massachusetts last week.

Some guys have to get dragged to a Barry Manilow concert. Not me. He’s a great performer and you can admit it; you know the words to a lot of Barry Manilow songs. The Worcester audience was treated to an energetic concert starting with live upbeat dance music including a live remixed performance of “Could it Be Magic”. It seemed to reach out and command attention from the audience who stoop up and responded by dancing, cheering and waving glow sticks. As energetic as the concert was, the mix of upbeat hits, sing a longs, television clips and romantic ballads ended in less than two hours. He has enough material to sing through the night. In fact MR Manilow stated that fact when he opened the show. But the 7:30 show that started fifteen minutes late ended disappointingly at 9:30. Honestly, I don’t know about you, but never in my life have I left a major arena concert at 9:30. Have you? Still, most would agree that the one hour and forty odd minute performance was time well spent. Barry Manilow sings and performs from deep in his heart. He celebrates the joys of music and shares it with those who will take the time to listen. The sharing of music is not limited to his live stage performances. During the concert, Barry Manilow announced an initiative to bring music instruments to schools for students to use throughout the country. The Manilow Music Project (http://www.manilowmusicproject.org/latestnews4_26_09.html) invites fans to share old music instruments and donate them to a central location in Cities and towns throughout the US. MR Manilow leads by example and donated a piano to Worcester Public Schools.

What’s next?  A new single, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” and CD, “15 Minutes”, of course. The Single is an upbeat dance / pop number designed either to keep Barry Manilow relevant Or, to confuse the living hell out of every radio music director on the face of the earth. Whatever the case, Barry Manilow will continue to write the songs that make the whole world sing and perform live for many years to come.

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