By Melissa Conrad Rushville Republican
---- — If you haven’t yet caught a concert at Rushville’s Riverside Park Amphitheater what are you waiting for? You “Can’t Beat It,” especially with Saturday’s free concert line-up featuring the ultimate tribute to Michael Jackson.
The funk and fun begins at 7 p.m. with opener 650 North live on the amphitheater stage.
This live performance by the headlining Who’s Bad Michael Jackson tribute band promises to be an unrivaled celebration of pop music’s king. Their power-packed performance has ignited crowds on every continent and can only be described as a jaw-dropping, musical must-see.
Riverside Park Amphitheater is a premier outdoor music venue located at 100 West Water Street in Rushville. The venue is a great concert destination annually hosting live music events and creating a great family-friendly environment with all performances taking place on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase. There is a beer garden on-site for adults over 21 years of age; however, no alcohol is to be brought into the park and all coolers are checked upon entry.
Parking is conveniently available in gravel lots or in surrounding business lots with easy shuttle service to and from the amphitheater. Special handicap parking is also available.
In September, Riverside Park Amphitheater will welcome Pink Droyd (A Tribute to Pink Floyd) for the final 2013 free concert as they bring to life the music of Pink Floyd Saturday, Sept. 21 with classic hits like “Money,” “Another Brick in the Wall (part II)” and “Wish You Were Here.”
For more information visit www.rushvilleamphitheater.com.
As the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band, and the only one to predate his untimely passing, Who’s Bad has awed even the skeptics, selling out nearly 50 venues in the United Kingdom including London’s O2 in December 2010, the venue where the King of Pop was slated to end his career with a 50-show “This Is It” concert series.
Who’s Bad has checked some of the world’s most famous pavilions off their to-do list, selling out their first tour of China with stops at Ningbo’s Grand Theatre and Hunan Grand Theatre in Chengsha. Never neglecting Michael’s U.S. fans, Who’s Bad has packed The House of Blues franchise all across the United States; rocked DC’s 930 Club and returned to their native Chapel Hill, N.C. boasting larger, more eagerly-awaited performances with every romp around the globe. Sold-out shows from Colorado’s Bluebird Theatre and LA’s Gibson Amphitheatre and Romania’s Sala Palatalui to Teatro do Bourbon Country (Porto Alegre, Brazil) tell the story: no corner of the earth is safe from this infectious party production.
Who’s Bad has earned its name by paying studious attention to Michael Jackson’s every original groove and gravity-defying dance move, boasting over 100 years of professional experience and a team of dancers with resumes that include Broadway productions such as Phantom of the Opera.
Vamsi Tadepalli (Who’s Bad founder, composer, and saxophonist) assembled a cast of North Carolina’s premiere musicians and, from Who’s Bad’s inception, believed in the band’s boundless possibilities. The velvety vocals and pinpoint choreography of frontmen Joseph Bell and Taalib York combined with the six-piece band’s synchronized dance routines, blaring horns and down-deep rhythms results in a performance delivered with soul and precision superseded by no one but the King himself.
They’ve shared stages with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, The Backstreet Boys, The Four Tops, Boys II Men, and hip hop superstar Pitbull.
Band members are Joseph Bell - lead vocals, Taalib York - lead vocals, Patrick Cross - guitar/vocals, Archie Logan – drums, Ray McCall - trumpet/vocals, Aaron McCoy - saxophone/vocals and Vamsi Tadepalli - founder/manager.
Whether you idolized the Jackson 5, fell in love to Human Nature, or learned to moonwalk to Billie Jean, Who’s Bad is the ultimate music-and-dance driven Michael Jackson homage. This band of professionals relentlessly elevate the legacy of pop music’s King, always pushing themselves to be more precise, to raise the level of excitement and awe, while embodying Michael Jackson’s mission to bring people together of all races, genders, and cultures through music.
As the curtain opens on a Who’s Bad performance, every MJ fan feels the adrenaline, screams at the sight of that unmistakable silhouette, and succumbs to a surefire Michael Jackson sing-along. The energy is purely magnetic, the musicianship is first-rate, the dance moves deftly inspired. Who’s Bad is a tribute befitting a King and their high- octane execution of MJ’s music and dance has catapulted them to the exclusive rank of Ultimate!
Check them out at http://www.whosbadmusic.com/ and on their YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/whosbadmusic.
Members of 650North are: Matt Schuerman - vocals, guitar; Andrew Vollmer - guitar, vocals; Chris Bultman - bass, vocals; and Josh Lohrum – drums.
650North’s new album Awake is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. Don’t miss 650North before they had out on tour in September with Fastball.
Catch their news and sound at http://www.650north.com.