Fat Tony and Two Star Symphony (above) found themselves in the unusual position of being the main attraction without being the closing act. By the time they took the stage at 11:25, everyone had gradually migrated to the front of the stage to get a better look of this unique musical marriage.
Fat Tony is an avid live performer, but no two Fat Tony shows are the same. And while Aftermath wasn't sure what to expect from this one, all doubts were erased as soon as they kicked off the set. The collaboration reminded us of El Michel's Affair's reinterpretation of Wu-Tang classics.
"Luv It Mayne" was backed by a gale of melancholic violin. "Like, Hell Yeah" found able company in the world's happiest strings. "Home" and "Nigga U Ain't Fat" had everyone in the room chanting. Anyone who wasn't was probably a Bulls fan.
All in all, it was a fine evening. Long before Tony and Two Star took the stage, the donation box was overflowing with dollar bills. All that feel-good music wasn't for nothing.
Personal Bias: I like "folksy acoustic stuff."
The Crowd: Local music lovers, from high-school teens to college grads.
Overheard In the Crowd: "We call ourselves sexual cougars. Grrrr!"
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