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Sam Sparro Funkifies Webster Hall

December 3rd, 2012

Sam Sparro – Webster Hall – November 30, 2012


Sam Sparro may not be a household name in the States yet, but this gent from Down
Under already has big-name fans in Adele, Ellie Goulding and Katy Perry. With his summer release, Return to Paradise, inspired by soul and funk from the late ’70s and
early ’80s, Sparro kicked off his Moon and the Stars tour at Webster Hall on Friday night. A saxophone announced the man of the hour’s entrance as Sparro sauntered onstage in billowing, pleated pants and a military coat. Beginning with “We Could Fly,” he delighted the crowd with his dance moves, even breaking out a vintage Roger Rabbit. And when fans uproariously cheered “The Shallow End,” Sparro could only ask, “Are you going to keep this up all night?” Needless to say, they did, turning Webster Hall into a scene from Queer as Folk’s Babylon club.

To thrill the audience further, Sparro performed fan-favorite “Sally,” from his self-titled album, and strapped on his keytar for “Let the Love In.” Encouraged to sing along, the audience chimed, “You belong to me” during “Happiness.” Cooling down and reflecting on love and hate, Sparro’s soulful falsetto was in full force, crooning “Shades of Grey.” The tail end of the set proved to be a treasure trove of delights from his two albums: “Sick,” “Paradise People,” “I Wish I Never Met You” and “Black and Gold.” For the latter, two overcome fans invaded the stage to dance to the UK dance hit. The evening culminated with an amazing cover of Crystal Waters“Gypsy Woman” accompanied by “Vogue”-style dancers for good measure. —Sharlene Chiu

 

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Sam Sparro Will Have You Dancing Tomorrow Night

November 29th, 2012

He was born in Australia and earned fame in the U.K. (thanks to the thumping single “Black and Gold”), but now, after releasing his second album, the soul- and funk-inspired Return to Paradise, over the summer, Sam Sparro is touring the United States. The singer and multi-instrumentalist is an old school crooner (think: R&B and gospel) with modern appeal (see: high-tech visuals and contemporary dance production). Sparro (above, performing “Black and Gold” on Later … with Jools Holland) was once described as “like Marvin Gaye hangin’ with LCD Soundsystem,” so it makes sense that he’s best known for is his epic live shows, which works out great as you can see him tomorrow at Webster Hall.