Review redux: Florida Orchestra 'jumps' and discovers their inner '80s
Pardon me if it appears I'm floating on a cloud of AquaNet this morning. I'm still in a sublime stupor from Sunday night's Totally Awesome '80s show by the Florida Orchestra at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall.
And I'd like to retract a few of the things I said about Friday night's show in Tampa.
THE LIGHT TOUCH: Sunday's performance of '80s classics like Thriller, Total Eclipse of the Heart, Like a Virgin and many more was helped tremendously by some much-needed concert-like lighting at Ruth Eckerd. Plus, any bugs with the sound system had been worked out, and the crowd could more easily hear the backup vocalists and lead singers. That made a huge difference on Come On Eileen, Fascination and In Your Eyes.
SPEAKING OF SINGERS: I hereby apologize for calling lead vocalist Jared Oxborough a Will Arnett lookalike. Truth is, after seeing him more closely from the third row, he's the obvious love child of Ryan Reynolds and Billy Zane. ("Listen to your friend Billy Zane, he's a cool dude!") And I think the two 10-year-old girls that were sitting next to me were in danger of suddenly entering puberty if Reynolds/Zane flexed his guns or slide to his knees right in front of us one more time. Oh, and on a related point, his singing (and that of co-star Michelle Christina Delgado) was damn near perfect on Sunday.
BUY A SEASON SUBSCRIPTION: I've seen the Florida Orchestra a half dozen times in the last two years, and they've never disappointed me. And I couldn't have enjoyed them any more than the moments when the whole string section "jumped" into the air (instruments and all) during the encore of Van Halen's Jump. Which leads me to this morning's revelation: I need to buy season tickets to this incredible body of performers. And you do too.