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Music Review:

Great songs, bad location

September 08, 2009|By Liana Aghajanian

Thoroughly enjoying the atmosphere and music, Pointer ended the night with as much vigor and zeal as she began it, but not before she skillfully sang “Happy Birthday” a cappella to a lucky member of the audience who happened to be Frank Barkley, father of professional basketball player turned commentator Charles Barkley.

Though Pointer’s liveliness and years of performance proved worthy, as did Boyd’s polished vocals, the night had wiggle room to go more smoothly and could have done with a change of venue.

If listening to live performances of the hits of yesteryear are your cup of tea, “A Trip Down Memory Lane” is a fine and agreeable showcase.

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However, if you would like to forgo audience participation, this event might not be for you.

The slightly disheveled atmosphere is noticeable, although it lets you get as close as possible to the entertainers. .

Even so, headliners Ali-Ollie Woodson, former lead vocalist for the Temptations, and Don Black, an R&B artist currently touring with the Platters, who will be appearing Friday and Sept. 18 respectively, could be performances that are worthy of “A Trip Down Memory Lane.”


 LIANA AGHAJANIAN is a writer and editor who has been covering arts, culture and news in print and online for a number of years.  LIANA AGHAJANIAN is a writer and editor who has been covering arts, culture and news in print and online for a number of years.

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