Reviewer: Dale Anninos-Carter
Where: The Lion, North Adelaide
Presented by: Tabor Music
Firstly, a big congrats is in order to the Tabor Music students on their first ever Fringe show!
Glow is different, to say the least. Basically, it’s a glow in the dark funk band who sing and jam to tunes from the likes of Michael Jackson, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and so on and so fourth. The Jeringham Room at The Lion Hotel transforms into a black hole, and all your focus is drawn
to the glowing orb of the stage.
Exactly how ‘glowing’, you may ask? ‘Enough’ is the answer. It’s not super crazy, and probably a little duller than expected unfortunately. Glow in the dark face paint was in full swing, with glowing tape around microphones and instruments, and the classic glowing accessories were definitely present, which was cool, but somewhat unprofessional looking. Can’t say I have any other glow in the dark funk bands to compare it to, but in my mind I was expecting something wild and an insane sensory overload, which was sadly not delivered.
However, from a musical point of view, these 21 students really do know how to funk it up. Not once did I hear a squeaky off-note from the clarinet, or a dud note from the trumpet, or a beat missed by the drums. Which is great, because the vocals and sounds are really the focal point when you can’t see much else.
For a first ever Fringe show, Glow was an impressive display of originality and innovation, and each student should be chuffed with what they have achieved. This talented bunch of 20-something year olds are definitely in the right industry.