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Shaking and shimmying

If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to get a mature crowd out of their chairs and grooving to the beat, the answer is simple: a Tina Turner Tribute concert.

Award winning Tina Turner impersonator, Luisa Marshall, brought out all the stops in a “Simply the Best” charity concert at the Fairmont Southampton Hotel this weekend, with proceeds going to the Bermuda Red Cross.

She serenaded popular local entertainer Mark Anderson, aka Sybil Barrington, with a risqué rendition of “Private Dancer”; and shook and shimmied through her iconic cover of the Creedence Clearwater Revival hit “Proud Mary”.

As one of a handful of under 30s in the audience, this writer most enjoyed more recent songs like “What’s Love Got to Do With It” and “Simply the Best”.

But if I were using the crowd’s reaction as a barometer, it’s fair to say Mrs Marshall’s cover songs were equally as much of a success.

Tunes like Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” and Motown Record “Heard It Through the Grapevine”, got scores of people up and moving.

At times it even seemed like there were more people in the designated dance area than in their seats.

The night got off to a late start a while after 9pm, as organisers waited for the few last-minute patrons to file into the Poinciana Ballroom.

A DJ played off a host of disco hits and love songs, before local blues band Bones took to the stage.

The band had a sound reminiscent of singer and guitarist Eric Clapton, and played a handful of cover songs and a funny original tune about love, with a line that said: ‘Whiskey, wine and women will burn you in the end’.

One of the more memorable songs in the set, sang by local businessman Graham Pewter, was a slow-tempo blues number called “The Sky is Crying”.

The atmosphere remained jovial as guests chatted among themselves and watched the performance, but energy levels soared to new heights when Mrs Marshall took the stage for her 90-minute gig.

Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, the tribute artist had Ms Turner’s dance moves and mannerisms down pat.

She burst onto the stage with a black and white sequinned mini dress, a wig of wild blonde hair and started off the set with “Hold On, I’m Coming” to get audiences livened up.

Mrs Marshall’s show was enhanced thanks to some talented backup dancers, reminiscent of sports cheerleaders, as well as a live band and backup singers.

Her family members, including her two daughters and husband on drums, also got in on the action.

She sucked the audience into the performance by getting them to sing, but my favourite moment of the night was when Mr Anderson got his chance on the stage.

He was given a red boa to wear around his neck and gave his best moans in true diva form.

Mrs Marshall also appeared to be won over and at one point refered to him as the ‘sexiest man’ on the Island.

Another couple who were celebrating their 57th wedding anniversary that night also got a shout out from the performer.

While this event certainly didn’t attract many people in the under 30s camp, it proved to be an awesome night out and something for a very worthy local cause — the Bermuda Red Cross.

If you’ve never seen Tina Turner herself in concert, this is definitely the next best thing.

Tina Turner impersonator, Luisa Marshall, sang a series of new and older hits in true diva form this weekend, at an event hosted by the Bermuda Red Cross.

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Published July 09, 2013 at 9:06 am (Updated July 09, 2013 at 9:05 am)

Shaking and shimmying

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