Here's the thing about the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra's POPS!
concerts: You might not think you'd want to go, but you'd be wrong. Take me for example.
When I was a wee lad, I thought the music world began at the Germs
and ended at Jawbreaker
. I guess you could say I've expanded my horizons since then because I've been attending the LBSO's POPS! and classics concerts for about two seasons now and I might say they are my favorite shows to see.
Now before you get all freaked out about going to a show where a sweaty dude in flannel's crotch isn't pressed into your backside, perhaps you should know that POPS! concerts aren't traditional classical music shows. This season's opener, for example, is on Saturday at the Long Beach Arena and features singer Tony DeSare
doing a bunch of tunes from the Great American Songbook
. That means songs written by the likes of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin
and George Gershwin
--you'll probably hear "My Funny Valentine," "Just One of Those Things" and even Prince's "Kiss," along with some DeSare originals in the vein of the classic material he performs.More »