REVIEW Disco legends deliver a night to remember
Sunshine, moonlight, good times, boogie.
This review summed up in those five words — thanks Jacksons.
Move over Motown, this is Mount Maunganui!
You know you had a good night when you can hardly walk the next morning. From dancing! I went from high heels, to sneakers and, in the end, bare feet. Blame it on the boogie.
Six hours of dancing to six of the world’s biggest disco legends — including Rock & Roll Hall of Famers The Jacksons. The six groups performed in Mount Maunganui on Thursday night for a one-off New Zealand show, A Summer’s Day Disco.
Disco icons Kool and the Gang, Village People, The Pointer Sisters, Sister Sledge and Sounds of the Supremes joined The Jacksons’ Jermaine, Jackie, Tito and Marlon.
It was an incredible line-up right here in little old Tauranga. That dream the organiser Pato Alvarez has of making the Bay of Plenty the music capital of New Zealand is not a dream — it is happening.
The atmosphere was upbeat and electric, with a crowd of all ages ready to get their beat on. I knew it was going to be a great day when we walked in and bumped into local Helen Brown, in an afro and sunglasses, wearing the same disco outfit she boogied down in as a youth.
There were sequins and glitter, big hair and platform boots, satin hot pants and psychedelic flares.
Every act brought their best energy to the stage. It was like time had stood still as these stars still had the moves, still had the voice . . . and man, did they have the hits.
The Sounds of the Supremes belted out one of my favourite songs of all time, Reflections, as well as reminding us of great hits of the Motown area, such as Baby Love, You Keep Me Hanging On and You Can’t Hurry Love.
Sister Sledge rolled out another great set, the highlight Lost in Music
making us all want to give up the nine to five and just dance all day.
The Pointer Sisters followed, proving girl power was born in the disco era.
The Village People had everyone back on their feet, with theatrical performances to Macho Man, In the Navy and YMCA.
Kool and the Gang in glittery shirts commanded the stage with an impressive mix of jazz, soul, funk, rock, and pop. The crowd got down on it to their hits, like Ladies Night and Celebration.
Could it get any better?
The Jacksons came on stage and as though tuned in to the vibe from the crowd, the legendary brothers kicked off with Can You Feel It?
Yes, we can.
The big screen flashed up some old footage, but it was though time had stood still. They have still got the moves, and they have those songs that you never tire of.
I had never been to a disco music festival before and I want to go again.
Let’s do it all again next year, please?
Disco Dreams, anyone? ● ●