Arts and Culture

Fringe Review: Rock Orchestra Under the Stars

Posted on: Sat 3 Mar 2018

Hi, I’m Julie Cavanagh and I’ve been to see Rock Orchestra Under the Stars at the Adelaide Botanic Garden.

This show had everything on its side from the start – a beautiful location on the Garden’s lawns, with the Museum of Economic Botany making a formidable backdrop, a glorious balmy night with a full moon rising and a unique band of 12 talented musicians.

In fact, the Rock Orchestra could have played rubbish and it still would have been a good gig! But they didn’t – the sound was excellent and the combination of guitars, drums, piano, brass and strings worked well, with some particularly nice tight work from the 4 fiddle players and driving lead guitar from Ben someone (it would have been nice if the band were introduced!)

We sat on the grass with our picnic basket, enjoying the selection of classic rock favourites and thought ‘ how much better could it actually get?’ Not much, I reckon.

An encore brought an impassioned finale of the ‘Final Countdown’ , then it was time to wend our way home to fight the crowds from the Fringe who hadn’t been fortunate enough to enjoy that surprising combination of peaceful locale with outstanding entertainment.

Rock Orchestra Under the Stars was, sadly, a one-off performance, but if they’re back next year – I’ll be there.

Julie Cavanagh

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