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The grand venue was only surpassed by the artist on centerstage - A R Rahman.
First, the venue - A superb mix of colors, technology, comfort and scale, makes this one
of the best venues for concerts in the USA. I have been to a fair share of those around
the country and this has to be at the top of the list.
Then, the performer - A R Rahman. Not enough has been said about the genius of the
man. With a simple warm-up and a modest introduction (considering the rock-star
status), he embraced the audience and led all through a fantastic performance. Must be
second nature to him and the artistes, but for the audience it was fresh and
exhilarating. He has a little bit of the Ray Charles moves when he is at the piano with his
glasses on. That adds to the mystique. The sufi songs were a nice break, particularly
with aesthetic and stunning background visuals. Percussions were a highlight, though
almost outdone by the sitar.
Overall, an absolute blast of an evening, gaining lots of memories.
Sebastian from Houston, Texas
A R RAHMAN - SMART FINANCIAL CENTER - HOUSTON - SEPT 15
Summary: Brilliant performance.
The concert started late, which seemed like the norm, when you consider the number of
people waltzing in more than half-an-hour past the start time. This was a shame and
reinforces the notion of lack of punctuality when it comes to Indian events.
But, that turned out to be the only black spot. From the intro, to the medley to the
rousing Sitar-Piano combination to lovely finish, this was a concert planned and
executed to perfection.
ARR was in full control and poise and had the pulse of the audience all the time. With
his volume of work, it is difficult to pick a bad song. He did a wonderful job with the mix
of languages - Tamil, Hindi - Telugu - Urdu etc - catering to every group in the audience.
The gimmick with the virtual percussion could have done with a bit more introduction
as most of the audience were wondering what's going on with the sign language.
Ranjit, Neeti, Sitarist, Mano, and all the performers did their portions brilliantly.
AnnMarie Singh from San Francisco, California
MUSICAL PERFECTION, ORACLE EVENT STAFF ?????
A genius, loved the musicians and show. Very professional. Expected much better from
Oracle Arena, one door open 30 minutes late, 19,000 let in through one door. Cattle
herd. show was 1 hour late,Same thing getting out. Stuck in parking lot one hour dead
stop. Why, one exit only. I am a season ticket holder warriors, never have this problem.
Great Artist, Unfortunate.
Shef from Fox Theatre, Atlanta
AMAZING SHOW.. WOULD CHERISH THAT NIGHT FOREVER
Fox theatre, Atlanta show was incredible. We purchased the best PIT seats and we also got a chance to fist bump ARR, Jonita and Haricharan. Last 40 minutes was a blastttr! Thank you guys for letting us stand by the stage and see everyone perform.. it was a dream come true! Loved it!
Malane Silver from Washington, District of Columbia
MESMERIZING & STUNNING PERFORMANCE
A.R. Rahman @ Wolf Trap Park, Vienna, Va. was truly a Tantalizing Show! This was like seeing Yanni on Steroids ! Lead guitarist really rocked as did the flutist. 3 female vocalists balanced A.R. Rahman’s stunning lyrics ! Light Show was the icing on the cake.
AK Agarwal from Austin, Texas
AR Rahma’s mysic is always fantastic. But the live performance just didn’t hit the spot. There were too many screen promos. Screen overshadowed the live performers. Musicians were almost invisible. Very few classics. No energy on the stage. I am not against languages but the expectation was for Bollywood Hindi music but it ended up being more of a non-Hindi performance that left a large portion of the audience left disconnected.
Varm from Detroit Mi
NO TELUGU SONGS
It’s good if we knew what language songs he is going to perform . Don’t get me work I speak Hindi and Tamil . But as a telugu speaker I expected equal amount respect as 35% tickets sold to telugu speaking folks .
I personally like him but concert must have also focused on telugu songs
Shrenik from Atlanta, Georgia
POOR SONG SELECTION ! OVERDOSE OF TAMIL SONGS
A R Rahman concert was a dream for me but I was very disappointed. 3 reasons
1) song selection was poor - didnt play classics like nadaaan parindey, roja
2) 50% was tamil - good chunk of audience was disconnected and disappointed.
3) poor stage energy. No crescendo in end
Ritu from Atlanta, Georgia
The show started 45 minutes late in Atlanta. There were no announcements regarding delay. Audience kept shouting. There was no host to welcome or to say bye. Very few hindi songs with most of the songs in Tamil. Could not enjoy as I don't speak or understand Tamil. Very few musicians on stage and show ended early. Hope they make improvements considering the price we pay for ticket. I enjoyed hindi songs but still not happy due to these reasons. Show should be executed more professionally and should consider all types of audience.
Smrithi from MI
IT WAS A LAZY CONCERT
First of all, let me start by addressing the other reviews that say there were too many Tamil or Telugu songs. It might help to realize that ARR is a tamilian and his body of work extends far beyond Bollywood so if you're really a fan, you might want to listen to his best songs in Indian languages outside of Hindi...Music is the common language.
The concert was disappointing because the performances were disconnected with very few actual hits. Seems inexcusable to sing unimpressive songs at an ARR concert, he's made the best music of our generation. Sound balance wasn't great and Rakshita's mic did her no justice. Zero chemistry between the artists and they each sang songs that didn't suit their voices (despite being talented). Some of the male singers were so unimpressive. Hire better vocalists!!
There's a raga portion that's good and probably the only thing they thought out. I loved Aao Balma. And certain classics were good to hear eg. dil se re.
Overall not worth it though
One of the most disappointing concert experiences I have ever had. Instead of singing and performing any of his most popular Hindi songs, AR Rahman and troupe either mostly sang Tamil songs or shortened versions of a very few of his Hindi hits but with atrocious pronunciation to the point where the only reason you knew the song was from the music. Seriously, don’t bother to go unless you know Tamil and even then it’s questionable.
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