Review and photographs by Rudy Lu
If you attend one of the Ed Palermo Big Band’s shows – this was my fourth – you musically expect the unexpected. Mash-ups and medleys of seemingly unrelated tunes concocted together into a bubbling spicy stew by conductor-arranger Palermo.
The big band’s latest gig at The Falcon in Marlboro was not only a non-stop audio extravaganza, but also a visual spectacle when Palermo & Co. paid tribute to the Beach Boys.
Wearing a 19th century men’s bathing suit, a safari helmet and a life ring, Palermo was a little less frenetic (although not much) conducting his virtuoso ensemble through another death-defying adventure in chart reading.
He was generally barefoot and standing in a small sandbox to better put himself, the band and in the audience in touch with the true spirit and inspiration of Beach Boys’ mastermind Brian Wilson.