By Nicole Sellew ’21
[Editor’s note: Nicole attended the Pink Martini October 17 performance in the Hop’s Spaulding Audtiorium as a member of Arts Ambassadors, a club for first-year students who like attending Hop event.]
I went into Pink Martini expecting an incredible show—and I was not disappointed.
I did not know much about the band before attending the show, besides the fact that many of my friends missed getting tickets for the sold-out show (and were, subsequently, very disappointed).
I was shocked when I started hearing Croatian songs, French songs, Cuban songs and even a Greek song. Pink Martini covers and writes music in every language, and the lead singer, China Forbes, sings every language with a clear, beautiful voice.
Another memorable moment was when the band played a song about female empowerment, and invited all the women in the audience onto the stage. The stage was filled with females, some still babies being carried by their mothers. Everyone danced for that song, and then many women stayed on stage to dance. There was such palpable joy in that movement and inclusivity. Lead singer China Forbes and pianist Thomas Lauderdale had an incredible dynamic on stage, as well as an amusing rapport. I enjoyed hearing them chat between songs—although not as much as I enjoyed their actual performance.
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