The Marvin Gaye Experience
DATE: Fri 19 Sept. 2014
VENUE: The State Theatre Sydney NSW Australia
Hurley, Doug Williams, Pat Powell, Franchesca Appolis,
Kimi Tupaea, Keren Minshull, Noel Elmowy, Darryl Beaton, Victor Rounds, Calvin Welch, Eric Rasmussen, Sunil De Silva, James Greening, Bob Coassin, Ross Middleton.
The crowd was buzzing as we entered the State Theatre. Many long-lost friends joyfully greeted each other while an excited expectancy grew as showtime drew nearer.
The support act – Kachina Lewis & Sound of KoKo – who began the show, were unknown to this reviewer. Kachina appeared a little nervous at first, but was warmly received by her audience fans allowing her obvious vocal ability to ably handle the short set which included Sade and Chaka Khan songs, and was enjoyed by the swelling crowd.
During the first interval Mike Scott spoke about his 20 year dream of presenting this event, then introduced the Wayside Chapel representative who urged the audience to donate to this worthy cause.
As the lights went down for the MARVIN GAYE EXPERIENCE first set, goose- bumps were evident as the familiar strains of a Marvin Gaye song filled the theatre. Once the four celebrated singers had entered the stage, each singing a verse of Abraham Martin & John, we knew this was going to be an event to remember for a very long time.
The State Theatre audience was treated to a splendid menu of music, singing along to Mercy Mercy Me, How Sweet It Is, You’re All I Need, Heard It Through The Grapevine, Let’s Get it On, and Ain’t No Mountain, which closed out the set. Each song, under the direction of musical director Noel Elmowy, was admirably interpreted, not only by the gifted singers but also by the talented band members and vocalists who individually brought further credit to the overall performance! The interplay between the singers and band members was a joy to watch, and each musician had time to shine during performances.
The final set – which included Inner City Blues, I want You, Got to Give It Up, What’s Going On and the finalé, Sexual Healing – was truncated due to time constraints which was somewhat disappointing, only because we wanted to hear more of Marvin’s marvelous music.
Towards the end of the show, many of the audience rose to their feet, and many more gathered at stage front, dancing and singing jubilantly to the final songs.
With a standing ovation, the resounding response was a definite…
“When’s the next one?”