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Blast! returns

So in another time, I was a marching band geek. I loved every second of it. Needless to say, when we heard about the musical Blast! (Wiki) making its way to the Kennedy Center in the early oughties, we snatched tickets post-haste.

It was a great spectacle, translating everything good about marching band (more specifically drum corps) into a tight, high-energy stage show. The deal is that drum corps participants in the Star of Indiana decided it was silly to accrue all these specific talents only to “age out” at 21, when you aren’t allowed to march anymore. So they arranged Blast.

No hash-marks? No problem. They just drew a giant grid on the stage. It was truly a great show. But as fast as it exploded and won a Tony and an Emmy, it had faded. Blast returned with a whimpering puff of smoke in the form of the horribly under-publicized Blast II: Shockwave show.

Blast is again coming through, hoping third time is charmed like the first. They play 3 shows at the Lyric Apr 25 & 26. I am very curious to see if they have recaptured some of the first show’s magic. Taste the glory in these 3 tracks from the official London album release. “Loss” is an epic heart-breaker, “Malagueña” sizzles with intensity and the arrangement of “Appalachian Spring” is absolutely electric. But hearing these tracks is only half the experience…check some spectacular video after the jump.

Blast! – Malagueña

Blast! – Appalachian Spring (Copland)

Blast! – Loss