Ultimate Michael Jackson tribute band to return to Durango

Photo courtesy Community Concert Hall
Who’s Bad, the ultimate Michael Jackson tribute band, is slated to return to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Jan. 16.

By Indiana Reed
Special to The PREVIEW
Said to be a musical “must see,” Who’s Bad, the ultimate Michael Jackson tribute band, will take the stage at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
Called an unrivaled celebration of pop music’s one true king, Who’s Bad has earned its name by paying studious attention to Michael Jackson’s every original groove and gravity-defying dance move. The band is the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band and the only one to pre-date Jackson’s passing.
The Who’s Bad cast, with more than 100 years combined professional experience and resumes that include Broadway productions such as “Phantom of the Opera,” was originally assembled in 2004 in Chapel Hill, N.C., by composer and saxophonist Vamsi Tadepalli, who believed in the band’s boundless possibilities.
The velvety vocals and pinpoint choreography of frontman James Times, combined with the five-piece band’s blaring horns, down-deep rhythms and the dancers’ synchronized routines, results in a performance delivered with soul and precision superseded by no one but the King himself.
A die-hard fan of Jackson (knowingly) since the age of 3, frontman Times didn’t realize his unique gift of dance until August of 2009, the year of Jackson’s passing. Times’ dream of performing as Jackson on stage became a reality when he approached MJ LIVE and was accepted to perform with the troupe in Las Vegas in 2015. His time performing with MJ LIVE served as the ultimate preparation for joining the ranks of Who’s Bad.
Like Jackson, Times, who has a natural similarity to Jackson physically, is a self-taught and innate dancer. It has been said that he effortlessly captures the mannerisms, uniqueness and deep soulful dancing of Jackson, which is the result of the countless hours of studying Jackson’s every hand, foot, finger, head, upper and lower body placement and angle in each song/performance. An absolute perfectionist, Times has set a strict standard and motto for himself and that is, simply, “If it’s not the way Michael did it, it’s not right.”
Tickets for Who’s Bad ($29-$39) are available online at www.durangoconcerts.com, by calling 247-7657 or by visiting the ticket office inside the Durango Welcome Center at 8th Street and Main Avenue in downtown Durango. Ticket office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All sales are final.

This story was posted on January 11, 2018.