The Fabview: A beautiful rainbow of sound
Take 6 takes two
"Expect to be blown away!" was what Pam Flach said to me as she recounted how much she loved the Take 6 show that graced the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center back in 2015. I figured, if WMPAC invites a performance back a second time, you know it's going to be amazing!
Walking into the WMPAC on the evening of January 5, I was excited to see this all-male a cappella group. I knew I would love them, but when it was all said (sang!) and done, I enjoyed them so much more than I thought I would.
What I expected was six guys, in front of static mic stands, all wearing the same dark suit: white collared shirts with the same tie. That was not the case. They came out all wearing white sneakers and outfits ranging from jeans and a hoodie to a three-piece suite.
They danced around on the stage with some synchronized footwork, which really added excitement to the music. At one point I think I even saw one of them play an air tambourine, I was SO excited! They got the audience involved, clapping along to the beat, and at some points even singing back some of the lyrics.
I love male voices and a cappella music, yet I really enjoy some instruments and variety as well. I was excited to see the piano, a couple of guitars and a keyboard on stage. Though, the first half of the show had no instruments, other than their amazing voices, which I quickly realized was all we really needed.
Even the intermission was fun, with great conversations about how attendees were loving the show. Great wine was served by By Word of Mouth, accompanied by beautiful and delicious chocolates from La Châtelaine out of Bozeman.
During the break I had the chance to chat with Jim Salestrom, a music legend in this town who has worked with the likes of Dolly Parton and John Denver. I asked him what his thoughts were on the show and he said to me, "I remember them from back in the 80s when they came from gospel roots, and that tonight their harmonies were so tight it created one big beautiful rainbow of sound." I couldn't agree with him more!
During the opening song of the second the performance included the piano, guitars and keyboard. Take6’s voices alone are amazing instruments I would love to listen to all night long, yet it was fun to hear them mix it up and include some other sounds which complemented their music beautifully.
Take 6 paid tribute to some amazing singers from the past that have inspired them but are no longer with us. That included a medley of about 18 different Michael Jackson songs that I thought was really fun.
I have never seen the entire audience jump up so fast to give a standing ovation as Take 6 finished their last song. They came out for an encore, a traditional a cappella Alleluia course, no clapping, no snapping, no drums not even mics. It was such a beautiful way to end the evening.
I sat next to the Helms family. Ten-year-old Will Helms, a musician himself, mentioned, "I didn't know the music but loved the rhythm and beats." His brother, 13-year-old George Helms said, "I was amazed at the music that I never knew existed."
As always, thank you for supporting and enjoying the arts! Hope to see you January 19 at the Eighth Blackbird performance, I feel we are all in for a real treat!
For show listings and to purchase tickets visit www.warrenmillerpac.org.