Who’s Bad’s live performance is a celebration of pop music’s one true King. Their power-packed performance can only be described as a jaw-dropping, musical must-see.
Who's Bad: An ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute band needs glitzy jackets, glittery gloves and 80’s regalia. It must pay studious attention to the intricate details of every original groove and gravity-defying dance step. It must demonstrate a commitment to the unforgettable musical legacy the King of Pop left us. Beyond replaying MJ’s countless hits, an ultimate Michael Jackson tribute band must possess the ability to connect millions of people around the globe with each resurrection of our favorite Michael Jackson songs.
In January of 2004, Who’s Bad mesmerized a standing-room only gathering of friends and pop music lovers at a small nightclub in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. They have since played over 700 shows in numerous countries and now boast the title, “The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band.” Their live performance is a jaw-dropping musical extravaganza that pulls from 3 ½ hours of Michael Jackson’s catalogue and spans four decades of Michael Jackson’s extraordinary music career.
From ABC to You Rock My World, no song is forgotten in this electrifying revival of Pop Music's Royal Highness. As the longest running MJ tribute band and the only one that predates his passing, Who’s Bad has awed Michael Jackson fans at sold-out shows the world over. Who’s Bad has packed internationally-acclaimed pavilions numerous times, including The House of Blues in Houston, Dallas, and New Orleans; Washington D.C.’s 930 Club, and the River Rock Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia. Their first tour of China included sold-out stops at Ningbo’s Grand Theatre, Wutaishan Stadium in Nanjing, People’s Grand Hall in Chongqing, Red Stadium in Chengdu, and Hunan Grand Theatre in Chengsha. Who’s Bad also gained the respect and admiration of thousands of MJ fans in the United Kingdom with performances at Royal and Derngate in Northampton, Central Theatre in Chatham, Embassy Theatre in Skegness, The Orchard Theatre in Dartford, The Palace Theater in Manchester and The Pavilion in Glasgow. With sold-out shows from Colorado’s Bluebird Theatre to Romania’s Sala Palatalui and anticipated tour dates in Central and South America, no corner of the globe is safe from this infectious party production.
Founded in 2004 by saxophonist, composer and arranger Vamsi Tadepalli and spearheaded by some of North Carolina's premiere musicians, Who's Bad has crafted an intricate performance complete with synchronized dance routines, blaring horn section and down-deep rhythms--each delivered with a precision that could only be superseded by the King himself. They’ve shared the stage with some of pop music’s biggest acts including The Four Tops, Boys II Men, and The Backstreet Boys. Captivated fans include LIVENATION’s Anthony Nicolaidis who calls Who’s Bad, “the real deal,” and Michael Jackson’s longtime friend and manager Frank DiLeo, who, after catching Who’s Bad’s concert in Nashville, TN said, “The show was great… Michael would have been proud!” Such accolades have earned Who’s Bad an invitation to play London’s O2 in December of 2010, the venue where the King of Pop was slated to end his career with a 50-show “This Is It” concert series before meeting his untimely demise.
Whether you idolized the Jackson 5, fell in love to Human Nature or memorized all of Thriller's creepy choreography, Who’s Bad is authentic, music-driven, must-see entertainment that navigates you back to that special place. As the curtain opens on a Who’s Bad performance, even the most skeptical Michael Jackson fan feels the excitement rising, screams at the sight of that unmistakable silhouette, and succumbs to a surefire MJ sing-along. The energy is magnetic, the musicianship is first-class, the dance moves exhilarating. Who’s Bad is a homage befitting a King and their high octane execution of MJ hits has exclusively catapulted them to the ranks of ultimate!
Mandorico : Imagine reggae, punk-rock, hip-hop, and latin music wrestling in a burlap sack . . . now imagine a volatile musical marriage between them. The raw energy of punk, the fluid-groove of reggae, the undeniable beats and lyrical syncopation of hip hop, and the infused passion of Afro-Cuban rhythms make up the powerhouse that is MANDORiCO. These boys bring a live performance second to none. The stage show comes complete with non-stop movement, full-band percussion breaks, back flips, and 5-part vocal harmonies backed up by the cohesion and seasoning of a decade of national tours and album releases. MANDORiCO has participated in a large majority of the nation’s most well known musical events and have shared the stage with dozens of international touring artists including the late Tito Puente, The Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, Ben Harper, UB40, and the Foo-Fighters to name a few. Additionally, MANDORiCO has made a number of regional network television appearances as well as having their music featured on a variety of national shows. The latest release and appropriately titled Strong Fire, showcases Mandorico’s musical prowess with a dozen burners that will fill any musical appetite. Produced by Mandorico and Pete Thornton (Day of Fire, Paramore, Sullivan, Shine Down, Spacebar, Between the Trees) Strong Fire is stacked top to bottom with radio-friendly rockers, reggae-tinged grooves, and pelting Afro-Cuban pulses which define this musical all-you-can-eat buffet. This six-headed percussive hellion defines the gold standard when it comes to the live setting. For the uninitiated it is a transformative experience, for the addicted it is the fix. After a few years on hiatus and working with other projects this musical monster is poised to unleash itself on the nation once again. Step aside and make room for the relentless energy and unparalleled song writing, don’t crowd the lane with the disappointing woes of shoe-gazing concerts. Grab your tickets, limber up, and come prepared for a religious musical experience . . . and welcome back the Dirty Punky Latin Reggae badass, MANDORiCO. “Mandorico melds dance-inducing musical genres into a party-starting concoction that makes sitting still an iffy proposition” - Atlanta Journal Constitution “…..hot reggae tunes that rear-end Latin tropical beats that sideswipe funky, itchy rock tunes and come around to do it all over again on the next tune. Where else would you find such blends of tropical sounds but from Mandorico?” -Creative Loafing – Charlotte “One of the East Coast’s most popular bands ... a fantastic, all-devouring, remorseless percussive monster” - LA Weekly