Sunday, December 11, 2011
Concert review: The Polyphonic Spree spreads Christmas cheer at Lakewood Theater (December 10)
There were dancing senior citizens, an all-girl 'tween band, and Christmas carols.
LAKEWOOD Christmas cheer was in the air as The Polyphonic Spree jingled all the way at the annual holiday extravaganza at Lakewood Theater in Dallas on Saturday. It's been a tradition for the past nine years.
Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph with his nose so bright posed for photos and greeted kids and adults as fans gathered outside of the venue before the sold-out show. Inside the packed theater, parents chased their kids, some who gleefully ran around throwing white confetti and balloons while representatives from the Dallas Zoo brought out a few animals for the excited young ones.
The theater became even more full when an all-girl 'tween rock band from the Dallas School of Rock took the stage to perform. We're Not Dudes got parents and children dancing as the band performed impressive covers of Paramore, Journey, The Ting Tings, and even a special holiday tune by jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi called "Linus and Lucy," which was made famous when the song appeared in A Charlie Brown Christmas. As the band performed the last song, "Funeral" by Band of Horses, even more white confetti and tiny snow flakes floated down to a captivated audience.
But that was not the last of the confetti and balloons for the night. Throughout the entirety of The Polyphonic Spree's Christmas set, confetti was blown into the audience – so much so that kids and their parents were playing in the small confetti snow drifts, making snow angels and popping balloons.
Polyphonic Spree frontman Tim DeLaughter, dressed in bright red pants, a top hat, and coattails, lead the the audience and the band as they sang Christmas carols, including "Do You Hear What I Hear?," "The Little Drummer Boy," "Silent Night," and the popular John Lennon and Yoko Ono song "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)." The most eerie Christmas related song of the night was a Polyphonic version of the "Town Meeting Song" from The Nightmare Before Christmas, which the band covered on its Nightmare Revisited album.
Following the band's Christmas set, the Syncopated Ladies – a tap dance troupe from Denton's Senior Center – performed a little softshoe to holiday tunes and other popular songs like "Crocodile Rock." DeLaughter vowed that as long as Polyphonic Spree hosts the annual holiday extravaganza, the Syncopated Ladies would be invited to perform.
The Polyphonic Spree — “Light and Day”
When The Polyphonic Spree took the stage in their signature robes, fans went wild as the band opened with "Light and Day." There is something magical and uplifting about that song, which was an excellent tune to start the show with. The vast majority of the band's music and performance on Saturday night was cheerful, which was fitting, given that the band has an incredible ability to put listeners in a good mood. They're a band that every Dallasite should see live at least once.
If there were any Grinches in Lakewood Theater, their hearts likely grew a few sizes bigger by the end of the night from the infectious holiday spirit.
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