Sources: Vail Daily | All Things Michael
BEAVER CREEK — The Vilar Performing Arts Center welcomes back the next best thing to the King of Pop, Who’s Bad: The Michael Jackson Tribute Band Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. This power-packed tribute to Michael Jackson has ignited crowds on every continent and can only be described as a jaw-dropping, musical must-see.
As the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band and the only one to predate his untimely passing, Who’s Bad has more than 100 years of collective professional experience and has sold out shows at major venues worldwide.
Who’s Bad’s live performance is an unrivaled celebration of pop music’s one true king. Through their authentic performance of Michael Jackson’s expansive catalog, Who’s Bad has awed even the skeptics, selling out nearly 50 venues in the United Kingdom, including London’s O2, the venue where the King of Pop was slated to end his career with his 50-show “This Is It” concert series. In addition, 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. In the U.S., Who’s Bad has packed The House of Blues in Houston, Dallas and New Orleans; rocked Washington, D.C.’s 930 Club and returned to their native Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Who’s Bad has earned its name by paying studious attention to Michael Jackson’s every original groove and gravity-defying dance move, boasting 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dance routines, blaring horns and down-deep rhythms result in a performance delivered with soul and precision superseded by no one but the King himself.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.
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. 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 and the dance moves deftly inspired.
Tickets to Who’s Bad: The Michael Jackson Tribute Band are $52 for adults and $32 for children. They are on sale now by calling 970-845-8497 or visiting www.vilarpac.org.
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