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WOW WOW WOW!! What a fantastic show. The entire symphony hall was packed, tight. Somehow, with all those hundreds of people, Pink Martini made it feel like we were all sitting in a small club together just having some fun. It was a masterful and fun and raucous and sweet kind of show. Can’t count how many languages we heard. That band is just astounding. And there was China, in a billowy, flowy, gloriously red gown just belting out songs, beautiful voice. She’s really an entertainer.
And what really was icing on the cake was having Ari Shapiro (from NPR) on stage, looking about 7 feet tall, and singing full throated songs he helped write (?) in three different languages with Pink Martini. I had no idea he was at times part of the band. And decorations on the icing on the cake? The two guest vocalists who were other worldly.
Every musical group in our little corner of France (Occitanie) plays Sympatique every time they perform. We all know the words.
Leah Carrubba from Austin, Texas
LEFT US FEELING FILLED WITH HOPE
Phenomenal musicians, gorgeous vocals and beautiful messages in each of the songs . Hearing people’s reason for requesting songs brought me to tears. My kids 13 & 16 loved every minute of it too. Bravo
David Kramer from Orlando, Florida
After seeing Pink Martini at a private wedding in downtown Portland Oregon I was hooked and had been following them ever since. Both my wife and I were thrilled to have had the opportunity to see them at least nights show. 3/22/23 at the Dr Philips Performing arts center for the first time. We were not disappointed. They performed all of the favorites and had the place rocking towards the end. Thomas Lauderdale spoke a little too fast for most of us to understand. He's just a fast talker. China was on point and the musicians were fantastic in every way.
Can't wait to see them again. Brilliant Band.
Rick Sereda from Toronto, Ontario
This was our third Pink Martini concert in 20 years. China’s voice doesn’t quite have the vibrancy it once did, but she more than makes up for it with her self confidence and mature richness. This group delivers a priceless entertainment experience every time. They connect with the audience and generate huge spontaneous participation. Their music never gets old and they bring a new mix of music to each show. Just terrific and still going strong. Easy to see why they are so loved.
J. Evans from Portland, Oregon
PINK MARTINI AT EDGEFIELD
We have seen Pink Martini several times in concert, which is why when we saw they were performing at Edgefield in Portland, we jumped at the chance to have a fun, lively evening. What we got was not even close. The opening band was great, got the crowd up and dancing, anticipating the fun main event. However, when Pink Martini took the stage they seemed to take the crowd down, hosting several guests (which is normal), but each guest seemed to play a slow ballad with no fun upbeat music until the very, very end of the show when they closed with Eugene, however, by then the sleepy crowd sitting in the dark was either asleep or on their way home. It was a very disappointing evening. We will think twice before purchasing tickets again. Storm Large was great, but we hardly got to see her, and China Forbes was hardly on stage. Sad. Thomas Lauderdale seemed very unsettled. We would like to have seen more of the band themselves, not just guests. We paid to see Pink Martini!
Andrew from Washington, District of Columbia
PINK MARTINI AT WOLF TRAP
Have enjoyed Pink Martini for years, and only now have had an opportunity to see them live, with great expectations. I thought that there would be dancing in the aisles all night. PM is incredibly talented, and together with the National Symphony Orchestra, they played a tight show. However I'm thinking that they are less concerned with satisfying their audience with tunes I'm sure they've played adnausium over their long history. China Forbes was incredible, and guest Ari Shappiro from NPR was very talented. But after the first two tunes, it was apparent that it would not be the concert I thought. PM seemed less concerned about getting the audience moving, than exhibiting their musical prowess. In the end, it was a nice concert, but I walked away feeling that I didn't get to see and listen to the PM I'd hoped for. Bummer.
George R from Washington, District of Columbia
The singers were talented, the orchestra was very good, but the content and presentation were, er, over the top kitschy. Cornball doesn’t even come close to describing the content and presentation: Interminable 4 hands at the piano were tasteless, bordering on homoerotic fervor. ! Was actually hoping for the show to end. Total low brow pop crap! Yeech.
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