Thursday January 16, 2014 / 8:30pmWho's Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band
General Admission (Limited Seating)
329 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60654
How was your experience?
On the plus side: The guys playing Michael were excellent. The tickets were cheap. The performers all had a great energy. On the downside: Sound mix was absolutely awful. I don't necessarily consider myself an audio file, but this was clearly in need of improvement. It was a big sound mush with little separation from low to high end. Vocals did not pop through the 'woofy' melange of instrument sounds. Also, while I appreciated added bonus of physical talents of the musicians, backup dancers would have been appreciated to take this act to the next level. I don't know the history of how this group came together, but they seem to be from ecclectic musical backgrounds..which is interesting in and of itself. I didn't need to see them shake your tailfeathers along with 'Michael'. It just seemed like an impromptu, thrown together spirited happenstance (an unpolished one). Plainly stated, it broke the illusion for me - catapulting me into more of a hip hop party concert vibe rather than a cutting edge, serious tribute to a great artist. While they were certainly good musicians and movers and were entertaining, I would have preferred that the performers stayed with the instruments. This is where a bigger budget and a director would help shape to finely focus their act. Talent notwithstanding, it came across as more amateur than professional due to this 'double-dutying'. Perhaps my expectations were higher this being billed using the Michael Jackson name. The assumption to a lay person is that it is a licensed and approved product of his estate. Having said that, it was still a fun night out and well worth the ticket price and getting out of the house on a Thursday night in the Chicago winter's chill. And, probably the closest thing any of us will get to see the real deal. RIP, Michael.