As we arrived at Sirromet Wineries for the last night of the A Day on the Green disco fever tour we were greeted by hordes of prancing and dancing construction workers, Indians, cowboys and glitter disco gals. The costumes were dazzling as was the weather. The crowd a mix of old, middle aged and young had plenty of top notch food and wine on offer from the food trucks if they didn’t have time to pack a picnic basket.
Marcia Hines was in fine voice as the first act onstage and warmed up the disco dance floor amongst the vines showing off an emerald blue sequined jumpsuit, singing some of her great hits and covers. The crowd was entertained in between bands by DJ Grand Master Baitz whose costumes, tunes and moves were brilliant.
The blood didn’t really start pumping until four tunes into the Village People’s performance. ‘Go West’ was led by the original vocals of Victor Wills (the motorcycle cop) and the funky dance moves of the Indian. ‘Angel’ stoked the crowd’s fire. ‘Macho Man’ incited the crowd to pump their fists into the air. After a quick lesson on the correct way to position the “C” by the construction worker, the crowd leapt to their feet, hands in the air for the final number, ‘YMCA’. I even witnessed the local real police on duty get down to have a boogie with a few revellers in the audience!
Sister Sledge was next, adorning the stage dressed from head to toe in shimmering black and silver. Their vocals and harmonies were excellent, accompanied by a big full sounding band led by the killer drumming of King Ira who was adorned in Egyptian Royalty headgear. Joni Sledge, who sadly passed away this year, was on stage in the spirit of her son who sang like a true Sledge. The Sisters had the crowd on their feet for the entire set, closing with ‘We are Family’ which had the crowd in ecstasy – man, these sisters can sing and dance.
Headliners KC and the Sunshine Band opened up shaking their booty with a 10-piece band and four awesome dancers who lit up the stage; feather boas, high kicks and sequins galore. The band sounded as tight as their pants. Harry Casey – aka KC – amused the crowd by joking with the younger members of the audience that he was their “mothers’ ‘N Sync” back in the day. After humouring the audience with jokes about Justin Timberlake looking like him in 30 years, he launched into “Babe I Love You So”. Every song was a crowd pleaser – ‘Shake Shake Shake’, ‘Give It Up’ and ‘Celebrate Good Times’ were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone at at the event.
Another stellar effort by the good folks at A Day on the Green. We can say we were officially all boogied out by the end of it. Peace.