Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza

The pomps and the pumps were out in full force to see the Brian Setzer Orchestra bring their Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza to Caesars Windsor casino on Saturday night. From a quick glance at the audience, the proto-rockabilly-ites were outnumbered by the typical casino concert crowd (i.e. old people) as well as people who thought that this was going to be a simply lovely Christmas concert (i.e. even older people).

Few people are as big a fan of Setzer as my wife, who has seen him as either a member of the Stray Cats or as leader of the BSO nearly a dozen times. The hike down to Windsor was well worth it as the group indeed played a selection of Christmas standards (Sleigh Ride, Jingle Bells, Blue Christmas), some made-for-rockabilly versions (Boogie Woogie Santa Claus) and even a hymn (Angels We Have Heard On High). The fans, however, were there to see the hits, and we got them, with Jump, Jive an' Wail, (She's) Sexy + 17, Stray Cat Strut and a hybrid trio/orchestra version of Rock This Town, which FINALLY got the crowd jitterbugging in their seats, my wife included. 

Photos taken at Caesars Windsor casino, Windsor, Ontario on November 24, 2012.

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