|China Forbes and Storm Large front Pink Martini|
Last night Pink Martini headlined the Beacon Theater, but tonight Pink Martini performed for their friends and supporters during a private party at the much smaller Indochine restaurant. Party was the operative word, as several of the band’s friends, including National Public Radio’s White House correspondent Ari Shapiro, were invited onstage throughout the 90-minute set to sing with the 12-piece orchestra. Forbes and Large, the principle vocalists, were commanding, however, with dresses and moves reminiscent of sultry 1940s barroom divas, as the serendipitous violin, sparkling trumpet and joy-filled percussion drove home the party atmosphere. Pink Martini uniquely fused well-orchestrated musicianship and songs from around the world, ranging in style from swing jazz tunes and Latin dance grooves to easy listening pop, all served with class and glamour. While most of the songs were in English, I lost count of how many songs were in Spanish, French, German and other languages. The night ended with the audience forming a conga line and parading through the restaurant. It does not get better than that.
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