January 21, 2008
The Pioneer Theatre Guild once again surpassed my already high expectations. I don’t know how they do it, but we’re all fortunate that they do. FutureStars 2008 took place on Saturday, January 19th, and was an event not to be missed.
Bonus! I got to hear and meet guest band My Dear Disco. Concert dates are listed on the My Dear Disco MySpace page.
More details about the show:
Top-5 finisher Ashley Park opened the show with her sizzling performance of The Angels’ My Boyfriend’s Back.
Top-5 finisher Tim Van Riper grabbed the audience with The Beatles’ Hey Jude.
2008 FutureStars winner Dorothy Yarrington brought poise and finesse to her performance of Etta James’s At Last.
The British re-invaded Schreiber Auditorium with the Rising Stars’ (i.e., future FutureStars) performance of a Beatles medley.
Loved their vibes: Morgan Minger-Szyniszewski (FutureStars finalist) and Clare Eisentrout (Comedy Troupe performer).
Top-5 finisher Amelia Franceschi melted hearts with her rendition of the Beatles’ Blackbird.
Pioneer’s Spice Girls had it going on: Ashley Park (Posh Spice), Olivia Bassett-Kennedy (Scary Spice), Rachel Mann (Baby Spice), Olivia Songer (Ginger Spice), and Sonya Major (Sporty Spice). They get the award for most thrilling to photograph.
Top-5 finisher Sonya Major brought intensity to the Dixie Chicks’ Not Ready to Make Nice.
Look what happens when nice Ann Arbor kids go off to the big city. (True, Ithaca ain’t so big, but work with me…) I LOVED that Scott Mooney and Heather Thiry came home to celebrity host this year’s show.
Ann Arbor’s own My Dear Disco entertained the audience while the votes were tallied. The group is comprised of seven University of Michigan School of Music students (l-r): Tyler Duncan, Bob Lester, Michelle Chamuel, Theo Katzman + Mikey Malis (subbing for Joey Dosik). Two of the band members were apparently camera shy (apologies to Christian Carpenter + Mike Shea).
FutureStars performers shook their respective groove-things heartily to the pulsing, electronic beats of My Dear Disco.