Complete with a silver sequined glove, a red leather jacket and the voice and moves of the King of Pop himself, James Delisco thrilled regular symphony goers with a tribute to the music of Michael Jackson.
Starting off the night with “Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough,” Delisco immediately showed off both his Jackson-eque voice and a matching moonwalk that spanned the length of the stage at the Civic Center Music Hall. Between songs, Delisco told the audience how he hoped people didn't think he was just an impersonator.
He intended for his shows to be a tribute to Jackson for his 40-year reign over pop music.
Delisco also encouraged the crowd to be involved with the show, often calling for people to stand to dance or sing and often jumping off the stage himself to boogie with willing participants.
One woman in the front row, dubbed by Delisco as his “golden girl,” got a standing ovation from the rest of the crowd for her willingness to dance and to let loose with Delisco.
While Delisco was the focal point of the show with his huge vocal range and fantastic dance moves, complete with Jackson's infamous pelvic thrust, it was the Oklahoma City Philharmonic that really made the night special. The strings were really felt the most during both “ABC” and “I Want You Back” from the Jackson 5 era.
But their accompaniment was also splendid during “Man In The Mirror” and “Ben.” The song “Ben,” which Jackson wrote about a pet rat he had as a kid, was an especially poignant moment in the show as Delisco told his story about growing up in Florida in foster care and how he always related to the song because he felt he was looking for a friend, much like Jackson did.
Throughout the night, each of Delisco's songs was followed up with one of Jackson's signature squeals of delight that the audience happily echoed back at the performer.
While ending the show with “Thriller,” the famous monster dance epic, Delisco invited all children to the stage to do their best monster dance.
The hilarity that ensued watching Delisco demonstrate complicated dance moves to elementary-age students rounded off the show nicely.
While audience members danced and sang the songs of Jackson, whose catalog stretched throughout the decades and is littered with hits, Delisco made no mention of the tainted days of Jackson's final years and through his performance, he made the crowd forget as well.
This show was strictly about the music career of the King of Pop, and what a career he had.
— Adam Kemp