Ages 7 through 90 show up to appreciate
Black Jacket Symphony at the Ritz Theatre
By DARON HARRIS
Special to the Daily Home
Two words: “Expert musicianship.” Two more words: “Immaculate presentation.”
These only begin to describe the stellar performance from The Black Jacket Symphony (BJS) given last Friday at The Historic Ritz Theatre in Talladega, but they don’t do it complete justice.
What was immediately apparent during the program was the group’s unfaltering attention to detail and how its focus on “brass tacks” really enhances the entire presentation. The group, fronted by founder, J. Willoughby, recreated from start to finish the Beatles’ seminal album, “Abbey Road,” and after a brief intermission kept the audience rocking with a 10-song power tour through several of the Beatles’ greatest hits capped off by a four-song encore – one demanded by an audience already on its feet from a standing ovation.
In fact, standing ovations were one of the common denominators of the night, and at each breaking point in the performance, that is exactly how the appreciative audience felt like expressing itself to the band onstage.