February 23, 2013

Fringe: The BeeGees/ABBA tribute show

There was an interesting mix of people at The Grand on Friday night to listen to a tribute to the BeeGees and ABBA. I was surprised to see as many in their 20s and 30s as were in their 50s and 60s. Some of the younger ones even dressed in sequins, knee high boots and afros. Just goes to show that these icons of the disco era put out some very memorable tunes.

The first hour was dedicated to the BeeGees, led by a bewigged “Barry” a hatted “Maurice” on keyboard and a talented “Robin” on guitar. For the first 15 minutes there was a lot of toe taping and head nodding as the group warmed up with a selection of slower songs, then along came Tragedy. This was the cue for the dancing to begin, and it didn’t stop for the rest of the night.

While our “Barry” wasn’t the master playing at the Mission this weekend, the harmonies were there. As a tribute band they did well enough to evoke memories of the original and the audience enjoyed dusting off those disco moves. They were however only a warm up act for the second half tribute to ABBA.

“Barry and Robin” morphed into “Benny and Bjorn” and were joined by “Agnetha and Ani-Frid”. Dressed in sequinned pantsuits the girls had all the right moves and Ani-Frid was a standout taking the vocal lead. They had their audience dancing and singing along to many favourites. “Agnetha and Ani-Frid” joined the crowd on the dance floor for a couple of numbers and at one stage some impromptu line dancing even broke out.

It was a fun night which ended on a high with ABBA belting out Mamma Mia and Dancing Queen to a lively and engaged audience.

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