"Three and a half stars
Clarian Health Concerts on the Canal; Indiana History Center; July 19
Fine harmony representative of 1950s doo-wop era, along with the charismatic Jimmy Guilford, whose stories of five decades performing on the big stages and the award-winning recordings are legion. Doo-wop roots are in the 1930s rhythm and blues groups and in gospel music. The style requires minimal instrumental accompaniment and relies mostly on the lead vocalist singing the lyrics against other members of the group backing with nonsense syllables. The effect is electrifying. Guilford, who sang with the Dominoes, Orioles and Ink Spots, is a masterful exponent of this great-to-dance-to style, covering tempos from waltz to rumba. Appearing with Guilford in a well-crafted program of patter and song were song stylists Shannon Forsell, Bob Bernard and Brenda Dembroski, keyboardist John Dembroski and, on bass, Fred Gallico. If you missed this concert, look for the filmed version on WFYI-Public TV sometime this fall.