Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Caught Live: A Fusion of Music & Dance ft. Bev Bevan 07/05/17

#1,272: Yours Truly KJS completed a busy weekend by following up gigs by Bob Dylan and the Explosive Light Orchestra with a return visit to Birmingham Symphony Hall on the evening of Sunday 7th May to attend Dorridge Music School's seventh annual charity extravaganza A Fusion of Music and Dance featuring their patron Bev Bevan, a whole host of home grown talent and some very special guests in aid of Birmingham Dogs Home, The MS Society Solihull as well as raising much needed awareness for Delete Blood Cancer, in memory of DMS student Riya Dandekar.

The Move and ELO founder and recent Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee was involved throughout, either co-presenting the proceedings from behind his podium or playing percussion/drums during performances of "Let And Let Die", "Writing's On The Wall", "The Final Countdown", "Living On A Prayer" et al. A packed programme of dance and music from classical to opera, the musicals and gospel as well as a Rock and Motown/Soul medley ensured that all tastes were catered for in a production that did not fail to entertain and impress the many onlookers with an amazing twenty three acts. Richard and Adam, Soul Kinda Wonderful and Kyle Passmore provided great entertainment as did the very many DMS school music students, dancers and choirs - all orchestrated by the wonderful Leigh Perry - who truly ensured that the joint was well and truly rocked! Fave moments had to be the stunning vocals of Tom Bleasby (singing the Bob Dylan classic "Make You Feel My Love" and Faith Tucker (singing "Defying Gravity") plus the thundering drums of Bev 'Basher' Bevan underpinning both "Live And Let Die" and the aforementioned Rock Medley. The rendition of "Hey Jude" was also noteworthy but the beautiful, and somewhat moving "Run", an emotional tribute to Riya Dandekar, truly stole the show for me. You can be sure that KJS@ELOBF will be back in 2018 to further support this fantastic event!

See also: Bev Bevan: Music & Dance Fusion Charity Patronage + RRHoF Thoughts

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends A Fusion of Music & Dance presented by Dorridge Music School (DMS) to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 09-May-2017