After a Concerts in the Garden opening weekend that broke attendance records with 6,500 patrons, week two started Friday night with no sign of a sophomore slump.
The Fort Worth Symphony’s popular outdoor concert series, now in its 25th season, welcomed a new show to the Botanic Garden stage — the Music of U2.
The music: A full tribute band — backed by the orchestra — cruised through nearly two hours’ worth of hits by the Irish rockers. They started with the famous “Uno, dos, tres, catorce!” of Vertigo and were on track to conclude with Where the Streets Have No Name to fireworks (we had to leave early to meet deadline). Conductor/arranger Brent Havens was the maestro. The orchestra provided a full, rich sound. So lovely were the arrangements, the polished vocals of frontman Brody Dolyniuk and the lush orchestral accompaniment, in fact, that this “symphonic rock” concert lacked much of a rock-concert edge. Sunday Bloody Sunday featured some cool guitar riffs courtesy of George Cintron.
The mood: The crowd was chill on a warm evening. Many waved their cellphones in the air to the melancholy I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For and danced to One.
Memorable moments: Big cheers went up when Dolyniuk (who lives in California) introduced In God’s Country by saying, “You can say that this is actually God’s country.”
Fun fact: While this particular show was new to the concert series, the guest musicians were not, necessarily. The band members are part of Windborne Productions, Inc., which is the company that produces some of Concerts in the Gardens’ most popular tribute shows. Windborne musicians will return Saturday for the Music of Journey and next weekend for the Music of the Eagles. They also do many tribute shows, including two we should all get behind for next year: Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson.