Martini hour

Posted on 28 Mar 2014 at 6:30am

Thomas Lauderdale, leader of the megagroup Pink Martini, loves the sound of music Where else but on a Pink Martini album such as Dream A Little Dream would you be able to hear Abba’s “Fernando” sung in the original Swedish? Not only that, it’s sung by the von Trapps (Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August), the [...]

Country bear jamboree

Posted on 14 Mar 2014 at 6:30am

Out country artist Drake Jensen arrives in Texas — finally — to headline at the Texas Bear Round Up RICH LOPEZ  | Contributing Writer getrichindallas@gmail.com At age 40, what Drake Jensen thought was going to be a backburner project turned into an actual career move. He recorded an album, and then another, and before he [...]

REVIEW: Rihanna (finally) at AAC

Posted on 12 Nov 2013 at 2:49pm

Dallas and Rihanna have had a contentious relationship in the past — a point she brought up last night

Polyphonic ‘Horror’

Posted on 01 Nov 2013 at 8:00am

Dallas’ symphonic vocal group takes on the sassy, cross-dressing camp of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’   RICH LOPEZ  | Contributing Writer getrichindallas@gmail.com Halloween may be over, but the horror isn’t totally gone. Grandiose local “vocal group The Polyphonic Spree bring their trippy and uplifting touch to of the camp classic The Rocky Horror Picture [...]

The queen of ol’ Broadway

Posted on 18 Oct 2013 at 5:15am

There are musical theater queens, there are musical theater queens … and then there’s Seth Rudetsky   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor Seth Rudetsky is the quintessential Noo Yawkuh: He talks a mile a minute, to the point he sometimes sounds more like a ticker-tape machine than a human voice, and always in the Bawwwbraaaa [...]

Deb, you taunt

Posted on 16 Aug 2013 at 8:30am

Dallas girl Deborah Vial moved to Hawaii 9 years ago, but even life in paradise can’t keep the talented musician away from her Texas home It’s hard to feel sorry for Deborah Vial. She married the love of her life, moved to paradise (i.e., Maui) and can still sell out The Kessler Theater for a [...]

Soul searching

Posted on 09 Aug 2013 at 8:30am

Eric Himan reinvents himself (again) with a funky, neo-soul vibe on his new CD, ‘Gracefully’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES I’m not constantly trying to reinvent myself,” Eric Himan declares. But even if he’s not trying to, it’s what he seems to do. Himan might disagree, seeing each new phase of his career, each new album, as [...]

California girls

Posted on 12 Jul 2013 at 8:15am

From Brazil to SoCal, Luiza Sa finds the sun in her latest CD with hip girl band CSS Cansei de Ser Sexy — better known by the easier initialism CSS — has been doing the party-rock thing longer (and far better) than the now-defunct LMFAO. With their authentic quirkiness and South American perspective, they tap [...]

1 in Tenor

Posted on 28 Jun 2013 at 9:45am

Hunky Clifton Murray’s golden throat is one-of-a-kind (well, 1 in 4) JONANNA WIDNER  | Contributing Writer jonanna.widner@gmail.com The Tenors have shared the stage with the likes of everyone from Neil Young to Paul McCartney to Justin Bieber. They’ve performed on Oprah (along with Celine Dion, no less) and had tea with the queen. Not just [...]

All that jazz

Posted on 12 Apr 2013 at 8:30am

Turtle Creek Chorale plums the musical genius of B’way songwriters Kander and Ebb MARK LOWRY  | Special Contributor marklowry@theaterjones.com You might assume that musical theater composers would prioritize the “singability” of their songs, but to Trey Jacobs, artistic director of the Turtle Creek Chorale, that’s not always the case. Still, the tunes by the long-running composing duo [...]