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Mar 20, 2012

Spring Break – St Patrick’s Day!

As a veteran Spring Break fan – since my power suits and vodka Tab heyday… I just couldn’t miss their Paddy’s Day spectacular in the Button Factory on Saturday night. Spring Break are one of those bands that does what it says on the tin. These maestros of 80’s Americana rock are second to none at entertaining the masses stadium style, all big hair and tight trousers.

Being the night that was in it my trusty driver dropped me at the mouth of Temple Bar, cruising Fleet Street was a no go. It was quite fun tackling the cobble stones with the mad throng of leprechauns, tarts and drunks. And that was just the tourists. Once inside the familiar belly of the Button Factory I ordered a cheeky G&T and flicked my shades, ready for some serious dance action.

Always ones to ramp up the camp Spring Break stormed the stage as a Scots bagpiper moved among the screaming crowd. Pure class. Every time feels like the first time! Lead singer Jan Van Couver cut a dashing figure in full Grand Marshall regalia. The man loves an audience that loves him back. The boys belted out Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing” starting as they meant to go on.

It wasn’t long before the Button Factory was awash with sweat, hormones and dry ice, singing along to Toto’s “Africa”, Baywatch theme “I’ll Be Ready” and “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits. Spring Break’s sexy chanteuse Teri Campari treated us to a Whitney tribute with “How Will I Know”, all sharp vocals, killer heels and swaying hips. What a lady!

Under the neon lights of the night the band put every detail of their set to bed, with Van Couver working the harmonica for Hall & Oates “Maneater” and red hot guitarist Kendrick Berrera sweetly strumming “She’s Like The Wind” by Patrick Swayze, mane flowing in the breeze. As the body heat rose, fans were whipped into a frenzy by an epic version of Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer”.

Spring Break were simply doing what they do best – a bit of air shillelagh, plenty of “oh yeahs” and jumping in unison as the front row went wild. “Barman, more ice” I said as the band broke into Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody”. My dancing shoes were on fire! Ready for the home leg of the gig, the crowd shook their furry mullets, sequins and leg warmers to the feelgood beats.

Grand finale time and Van Couver strutted his stuff in signature Top Gun white uniform. Spring Break were in the zone, laying on Paul Simon’s “Call Me Al”, “I Wanna Know What Love Is” by Foreigner and Dirty Dancing stomper “Time of My Life”. The building was shaking, with kids leaping like crazy to last tune “Waiting For a Star to Fall” by Boy Meets Girl.

What a show! Spring Break are a polished act, who not only get your feet moving but clearly enjoy themselves on stage. As seasoned musicians and one of the country’s most popular wedding bands, they go the extra mile for their art. Featuring on Today FM’s Ray Foley Show last week, Spring Break’s future is even brighter than their glamorous past.