REVIEW: Deep Snow in Florence at concert

Dec. 1, 2018 — Judging by the number of snowballs thrown at the Ken Lavigne concert, presented by SEAcoast Entertainment Association on Nov. 24 at the Florence Events Center, the snow must have been at least a foot deep.

Prior to the concert proper, Ken Lavigne performed two carols at Old Town Park as part of the tree lighting festivities in Historic Old Town.

Lavigne is a well-traveled singer, having performed at Carnegie Hall and recently for England’s Prince Charles.

He brought a sextet of musicians, some doubling as backing vocalists. Sound was excellent thanks to Diana Robson. Florence’s own Margaret McDiarmid handled lighting, casting a cheery ambience on the set.

The format of the “Christmas Roadshow” was an old-time radio program and the stage a “chalet” complete with “cheery fire.”

Tunes covered the gamut of Christmas songs from the traditional “O Holy Night” to the pop “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”

Lavigne had costume and persona changes to match the songs, ranging from Bing Crosby to Elvis and perhaps even Don Ho for “Mele Kalikimaka,” complete with Hawaiian shirt.

Lavigne is a thoroughly entertaining singer and the backing vocalists complemented him, always in perfect harmony. The musicians never overplayed, keeping the balance just right for the music. Enthusiastic applause followed every tune.

All in all, another quality production of SEAcoast Entertainment Association.

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