Entertainment Hive 2019

Jackson vs Jackson

Performed by The Gospo Collective

Adelaide Fringe, Gluttony, The Flamingo, until March 17

Review by Honey B

Charmaine Jones and The Gospo Collective have certainly started something with its joyous celebration of music. Back again for an infectious repeat performance the 16 strong frontline choir members and around 100 more superb vocalists and band blew the roof off of Gluttony’s Flamingo venue. Led by the effervescent Charmaine Jones these superb performers let their lights glow as the Jackson’s music came to life. The show isn’t literally pitting Jackson against Jackson, but rather celebrates all of the iconic and wonderful music of the Jackson 5, Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson. Jones is the ever-stunning force behind the Collective and is a true powerhouse as the creative director, arranger, singer and conductor. Her mashups of these much- loved songs are superb, and she had the audience grooving along to every beat. It was a treat to see each performer step up to the mic and let their personalities flow with the music. And man, the band was rockin’ and the vocals hot. Highlights included That’s The Way Love Goes, Escapade, Man In The Mirror, Blame It on The Boogie (with the junior collective members) and Black and White – just to name a few. Sunday night’s fans were treated to a little extra with cabaret performer Dolly Diamond stepping up to sing as did the ladies from celebrity chef, Maggie Beer’s, choir. Jones announced that Diamond will be back to perform with the Gospo Collective at this year’s Cabaret Festival in June. Of course, it will be a show centred around Dolly Parton tunes. It was lovely to see Jones a little more talkative and excited to share the stage with her guests. Usually the powerful performer lets the music do the talking. And talk the music did, in an engaging, powerful, joyous soundscape. We left the gig on a singing and dancing high.
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