He took the stage in his signature black pants and cropped jacket with rows of brass buttons. The crowd flailed and screamed as if their idol himself were standing before them. Curly black tendrils of hair hung beneath the rim of a black fedora while sensual eyes gazed over the audience. One bare hand slowly pulled a shining white glove over the other, knee bent, hips rigid: the very image of Michael Jackson.
A little more than one year after the star’s death, Jackson fans flocked Saturday night to the Bluebird Nightclub to see Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band.
A full band of concise, funky musicians backed two singers as they alternated performances between costume changes.
“I don’t look at it as if I’m being idolized as much as (the crowd) loves Michael — and it only lets me further know how much Michael was an amazing person,” singer Taalib York said. “I am only a tool or a vessel.”
York, one of the two frontmen for the group, has been a dedicated Jackson fan since he was 7, mimicking his songs and choreography. For York, along with the rest of the band, performing in Jackson’s home state of Indiana brings a unique energy to the performance.
“I can feel his energy in the state any time I come here,” York said.
Vamsi Tadepalli, founder and manager of the group in addition to saxophone player and dancer, spoke of a deeper connection to Indiana audiences.
“That’s really what we are about, connecting with the audience,” Tadepalli said. “We’ve played the same music for so long now, that’s really what makes it fun for us — especially in Bloomington. I mean, they get crazy, and that makes it fun — the energy is infectious.”
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