Queen tribute ‘symphonic and ethereal’


“Queen: A Night At The Opera,” presented by Uncle Dad’s Art Collective. Photo credit: Carly Plemons

Chatter eased into anticipation as the lights dimmed and the sound of a piano and harmonies silenced the audience. “Queen: A Night At The Opera” produced by Uncle Dad’s Art Collective on Feb. 13 was unlike any other tribute or cover of a band I have seen before.

The entire show was like watching a play. Artists covered Queen’s songs with acrobatics and dancers, including belly dancing. It was something so out of the ordinary and unexpected it made you experience and visualize the music in an entirely different perspective.

“Queen: A Night At The Opera” begins to transform the stage. Photo credit: Carly Plemons


Not only was the entire stage utilized, but dancers, and at one point a drum-line, journeyed down the aisles in the middle of the audience.

Uncle Dad’s Orchestra did a rendition of Queen’s “Killer Queen” that was so symphonic and ethereal it turned the crowd into a sea of bobbing heads flowing as each note progressed.

“I have friends who are in Uncle Dad’s Art Collective, so they’re amazing and talented, and I’m a huge fan of Queen,” said Leslie Amani, an attendee. “When my kids were little in the car we would rock out to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’”

Queen fan and attendee, Leslie Amani. Photo credit: Carly Plemons


The crowd went wild when it was time for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” since it was clearly a favorite for everyone. Whenever I hear that song I picture Wayne and Garth from “Wayne’s World” jamming in their car, however Uncle Dad’s version completely separated itself from that and sparked all of your attention on the symphonic harmonies that echoed throughout the venue.

Pat Hull, one of the many performers in the event, covered a beautiful version of “You’re My Best Friend,” completely transforming the song into something delicate and innocent It was so entrancing you couldn’t look away.

That being one of my favorite Queen songs, it was pleasing to hear the song in such a new way. Being able to reconstruct a classic song like that in such a fluid way was aesthetically pleasing to say the least.

Uncle Dad’s Orchestra performed “Bicycle Race” and closed the song with people popping out of the curtains ringing bicycle bells. It was a simple touch that made it a fun and creative way to transition to the next piece.

Of course there wasn’t a greater way to close the show than with “Somebody To Love.” The entire cast was in unison, belting out every word along with the audience. The performers made a connection with the audience and revamped the classics of Queen into something remarkable and worth experiencing.

If anybody was going to pull it off, it was this group, Amani said.

And she was right, they certainly did.

Carly Plemons can be reached at [email protected] or @plemnz on Twitter.