The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 21, 1971, Page PAGE 5, Image 5

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John Mayall and friends entertain at Pershing Auditorium Tuesday
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Sweat Hog's drummer cuts loose for an extended solo Tuesday
night at Pershing Auditorium.
Folklorico -fast, colorful ,exciting
Review by
Patty Culver
Tuesday night the Lincoln
Broadway League and the
Stuart Theatre were hosts to
one of the most interesting
dance programs to be seen in
the capital city in a long time.
Folklorico, featuring the
national dances of Mexico, was
a fast, colorful and exciting
two hours of dancing, singing
and guitar playing. In these
short two hours, the audience
shared all types of dances,
from the Indian style Venado,
Dance of the Deer, to the
"almost Flamenco" Fiesta in
Veracruz.
All of the dances were
executed with lightning speed
in the feet of the dancers,
beautiful smiles and exquisite
grace. Keeping time with their
feet, the dancers made very
few, if any, mistakes and had
minute breaks to change
costumes between dances.
The program was also
flavored with a comic trio (Los
Mex-Tex Trio), an instrumental
trio, and a handsome young
soloist singing the songs of
Mexico.
The costumes for Folklorico
were absolutely gorgeous. Each
dance had its own complete
costumes, with the women
wearing full skirts containing
an abundance of trim and lace
in whites, oranges, blues and
blacks. All of the costumes
were complete with elaborate
headdresses, scarves and
flowers.
The stage was lit in blues,
whites and a rose color,
according to the mood of the
dance and contained the worst
fault in the program. Too often
the follow spot failed to pick
up the lead dancer or the front
row of dancers were not lit at
all, with the audience unable to
see the intricate steps of the
dance and handwork of the
costumes.
Other than these problems,
Folklorico provided an evening
of exciting pleasure for its
audience and maintained the
standard for good family
entertainment.
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Tuesday night, Lincoln welcomed Black Sabbath, John Mayall
and Sweat Hog. With the trio sandwiched between James Taylor
and Grand Funk Railroad dates at Pershing Auditorium, I didn't
expect much enthusiasm or much of a turn out for them.
Well, I was wrong! Especially in regards to the enthusiasm. The
crowd was one of the most responsive crowds I've ever seen at a
Pershing concert.
SWEAT HOG OPENED the show by ripping the audience
apart. After Sweat Hog's first number, the aisles and the area in
front of the stage were packed with people.
Playing for about 40 minutes, Sweat Hog chewed the audience
up and spewed them out again. Especially good was a number
called "Return From the Sky."
Next on was John Mayall and his group, who were probably
the most talented musicians on the stage Tuesday night. The
audience moved back to their seats (or a reasonable facsimile)
during Mayall's set (which lasted about an hour) but the
enthusiasm was still there, only in a more restrained fashion.
BACKED BY TRUMPET, saxophone, guitar and bass, along
with his own rasping harmonica, Mayall and friends brought the
crowd to its feet again with "Get Down With It."
Last group on the stage was the hcadliner Black Sabbath, again
bringing everyone storming out into the aisles and even climbing
the stage.
Black Sabbath was loud and that was about it. Even though
the audience liked them, in my opinion, Sweat Hog and Mayall
put the Sabbath to shame.
BLACK SABBATH does put on a good visual show, with
Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi weaving hypnotic spells as they
mesmerize their guitars and the audience. But it wasn't until late
in their set that Black Sabbath even approached the level of the
performances by Sweat Hog and Mayall.
Now, a few words on audience responsiveness. Enthusiasm in
an audience is great. But when this enthusiasm is carried too far,
it can be bad, such is the case with people sitting andor standing
in the aisles and around the stage.
If anyone thinks Mayall liked having to stop in the middle of
his set so that people could be told to return to their seats, you're
wrong.
IN ADDITION, it is extremely disturbing when people (agreed
it's mostly teenie-boppers) pay $3.50 for seats and then wind up
with a better view of the concert from the aisles than those who
paid $5 SO.
Hopefully this type of immature action will be absent from
the Grand Funk concert.
For those of you interested, and I assume there might be quite
a large number, Pershing Auditorium and Ike Hoig, manager of
Pershing Auditorium, have booked in the professional touring
company of the rock-opera, Jesus Christ, Superstar for a concert
presentation at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8.
THE COMPANY, which appeared in Omaha earlier this year
has a cast of SO with a complete orchestra and chorus. Tickets for
the rock-opera will sell for $4.50, $5.50 and $6.50 and you better
get them early. I have a sneaky suspicion that this is going to be a
complete sell-out.
The first show of NU's Howell Memorial Theatre, The
Balcony by Jean Genet and directed by Dr. William Morgan, will
open on Friday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. and runs through Nov. 6,
except Sunday. Start planning to buy tickets now.
Tryouts for A Touch of Magic, written and directed by NU
Graduate student, Royal Eckert, will be held Oct. 25 from 7 to
10 p.m., Oct. 26 fro 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. and Oct. 27
from 7 to 10 p.m. in Room 103 Temple Building.
THE MUSICAL FANTASY, with production dates Dec. 15-19
in Howell Theatre, needs actors, singers and dancers for roles of
villians, heroes, pixies, trolls, magicians, merchants and evil lost
souls.
The latest production of the Free Theatre, a 25 minute
comedy, Ceorge, directed by Gary Boham, will be presented in
the Women's Residence Hall Thursday and Friday at 6 D.m.,
probably in one of the .television rooms.
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