In a whirlwind of comedy, magic, music and acrobatic mayhem, amidst huge red Xs, lighted stairways and big screens, America’s Got Talent Live (AGT) was performed at a transformed Schermerhorn Symphony Center last night, October 9, 2013.
With headliner and Season 8 winner of the wildly popular show, Kenichi Ebina, saved until the very last, the performances leading up to Ebina were expected to set a precedence for amazing entertainment. The audience was not disappointed.
Beginning last night’s production was a little B-O-O-T-Y (that’s B-Double-O-T-Y) by Inglewood, California native Tone The Chiefrocca, getting the kids – and there were a lot of them – excited for the show to come.
Then there was Taylor Williamson who was a definite stand-out in the fast paced variety show event, for the most part hosting the night with his awkwardly witty and quite often self-deprecating charm. I’m not one to get into comediennes but this young man had us all heaving in gut-roaring laughter as he good naturedly insulted the winner of the current season, Ebina – Williamson came in second place, immediately making use his loss as fodder for his hilarious routine.
An obvious audience favorite last night was Collins Key, a magician of sorts with an endearing little boy quality that I’m sure the young girls find alluring. My favorite of the night though was Jimmy Rose, the Marine Corps veteran and country music singer from Kentucky who actually learned to play the guitar, and play it quite well, while serving time in Iraq. This talent is one to watch, between his obvious talent for country music and clumsily sexy good looks and adorable character, the girls are bound to be wild about him.
Also performing last night were the fantastic singer, songwriter and piano player Cami Bradley, comedic acrobat duo the KriStef Brothers (who are only soul brothers) and of course, the winner Kenichi Ebina, dancer extroidinaire who came out last, amidst roars of approval. His routine goes beyond dance, into the realm of mime and near-contortion, as he manipulates his body to meld with the beats of the music he uses. Quickly evolving from moon walker to robot to character in a shoot out, this Season 8 winner is just that, a winning act, though I have to admit, had I been voting, I think I would have stuck with Jimmy Rose or Taylor Williamson as my picks for winner and runner up - not necessarily in that order.
It was another amazing night at my favorite place - you should go - Really. Coming up next at Schermerhorn:
- Casablanca with the Nashville Symphony Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
- Hugh Laurie Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Concert presented without orchestra. Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.. Concert presented without orchestra
- The Beach Boys Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.. Concert presented without orchestra
- Chris Botti Friday, October 18, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.. Concert presented without orchestra
- Theresa Caputo Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.. Concert presented without orchestra
- AEGIS SCIENCES CLASSICAL SERIES: Dueling Pianos Friday, October 25, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Christina and Michelle Naughton, piano duo
Kelly Nassief, soprano
Russell Braun, baritone
Nashville Symphony Chorus
Beethoven - Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
Poulenc - Concerto for Two Pianos
Vaughan Williams - Symphony No. 1 “A Sea Symphony”