If you go:
What: Who's Bad, a Michael Jackson tribute band
When: 9 p.m. today
Where: Ghost Ranch Saloon, 56 Seventh St.
Cost: $18 in advance, $20 at the door
Listen: Who's Bad renditions of Michael Jackson hits are streaming at www.myspace.com/w...
Steamboat Springs It didn't take long for Who's Bad - billed as "the ultimate Michael Jackson tribute" - to start thrilling audiences.
"I think the first six months of 2004 we only played six shows, and the second six months we played 82 shows," said Vamsi Tadepalli, Who's Bad saxophonist, manager and founding band member.
The band plays hits from Jackson's four-decade reign of popular culture at 9 p.m. today at Ghost Ranch Saloon. Tickets are $18 in advance at www.ghostranchsaloon.com, and are $20 at the door.
When Who's Bad got its start in Chapel Hill, N.C., about six years ago, it was a band of recent graduates from the music program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"When I was graduating college I just wanted to put a band together with my friends, and I already had a bunch of Michael Jackson songs on our set list," Tadepalli said in a recent phone interview.
A longtime Jackson fan, Tadepalli didn't have much trouble making the leap from playing some of the King of Pop's songs to forming a tribute band. Since then, the band has delivered a costumed, choreographed show 100 to 150 nights a year with the goal of keeping audiences dancing.
"Beyond seeing a full band perform on stage : they can expect to see the dance routines, the choreography, the high energy, and the passion, as best as we can recreate, that Michael did when he was performing live," Tadepalli said.
About 30 musicians have played with Who's Bad since the band performed its first show in January 2004, Tadepalli said. For the Ghost Ranch Saloon show, Who's Bad offers two lead singers, Joseph Bell and Taalib York, along with bassist Darion Alexander, drummer Nyk Baglio, trumpet player Ray McCall and guitarist Patrick Cross.