Once again the City of Greater Dandenong Band has pulled off a spectacular evening of musical and visual entertainment with their 4th annual cabaret concert at the Springvale Town Hall.
This year’s theme, “Saturday Night Brass! – Music of the 60’s and 70’s” was a huge hit with the near capacity crowd and saw the almost 300 strong audience grooving the night away with classic tunes from the era.
The first half included some great numbers such as Don Maclean’s classic American Pie, The Pink Panther Theme, James Bond’s Nobody Does it Better, and a couple of ABBA and Neil Diamond medleys. This had the crowd well and truly pumped for the second half of the concert, which kicked off in spectacular fashion when the band came in singing the Bill Withers’ classic Lean on Me, dressed in costume of the day.
As well as the usual hippies there was a wide assortment of costumes including a couple of members of KISS, some Beatles, ABBA, a couple of Austin Powers and the inevitable Elvis … in his latter years (played by the band’s Musical Director, Michael Mathers).
The band then took to a reconfigured tiered stage layout and performed more music which had the crowd grooving including MacArthur Park, Sir Duke, Star Wars and Salute to Elvis to name but a few.
The night ended all too soon leaving the crowd wanting more and the band having given its all.
Musical Director Michael Mathers was particularly pleased with the fun atmosphere of the evening and was delighted that the crowd were yet again left knowing they had had a great night. “The band give everything for this night. We love it, the crowd love it … it’s just a great fun night and one which we look forward to every year now” he said. He went on to say that the biggest pity is that it all ends too soon with both the band and the audience wanting more.
If audience feedback is anything to go by, these nights do just keep getting better. The band actively seek feedback from it’s audience and this year the constant theme was that they are not sure how we did it but it was, again, “…better than the year before”.
With plans well underway for next year’s cabaret “Make Music, Not War – Music of the War Eras” the band is yet again set to surprise and is striving to raise the bar even higher.
The 2015 cabaret concert is to be held at the Springvale Town Hall on Saturday 27th June 2015 and tickets have already gone on sale so be sure to book in early to avoid disappointment.