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Pink Martini Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.5 Stars)

Number of reviews: 20



5.0 star rating Henderson from Boston, Massachusetts


WOW WOW WOW!! What a fantastic show. The entire symphony hall was packed, tight. Somehow, with all those hundreds of people, Pink Martini made it feel like we were all sitting in a small club together just having some fun. It was a masterful and fun and raucous and sweet kind of show. Can’t count how many languages we heard. That band is just astounding. And there was China, in a billowy, flowy, gloriously red gown just belting out songs, beautiful voice. She’s really an entertainer. And what really was icing on the cake was having Ari Shapiro (from NPR) on stage, looking about 7 feet tall, and singing full throated songs he helped write (?) in three different languages with Pink Martini. I had no idea he was at times part of the band. And decorations on the icing on the cake? The two guest vocalists who were other worldly. Every musical group in our little corner of France (Occitanie) plays Sympatique every time they perform. We all know the words.

5.0 star rating Leah Carrubba from Austin, Texas


Phenomenal musicians, gorgeous vocals and beautiful messages in each of the songs . Hearing people’s reason for requesting songs brought me to tears. My kids 13 & 16 loved every minute of it too. Bravo

3.0 star rating J. Evans from Portland, Oregon


We have seen Pink Martini several times in concert, which is why when we saw they were performing at Edgefield in Portland, we jumped at the chance to have a fun, lively evening. What we got was not even close. The opening band was great, got the crowd up and dancing, anticipating the fun main event. However, when Pink Martini took the stage they seemed to take the crowd down, hosting several guests (which is normal), but each guest seemed to play a slow ballad with no fun upbeat music until the very, very end of the show when they closed with Eugene, however, by then the sleepy crowd sitting in the dark was either asleep or on their way home. It was a very disappointing evening. We will think twice before purchasing tickets again. Storm Large was great, but we hardly got to see her, and China Forbes was hardly on stage. Sad. Thomas Lauderdale seemed very unsettled. We would like to have seen more of the band themselves, not just guests. We paid to see Pink Martini!

3.0 star rating Andrew from Washington, District of Columbia


Have enjoyed Pink Martini for years, and only now have had an opportunity to see them live, with great expectations. I thought that there would be dancing in the aisles all night. PM is incredibly talented, and together with the National Symphony Orchestra, they played a tight show. However I'm thinking that they are less concerned with satisfying their audience with tunes I'm sure they've played adnausium over their long history. China Forbes was incredible, and guest Ari Shappiro from NPR was very talented. But after the first two tunes, it was apparent that it would not be the concert I thought. PM seemed less concerned about getting the audience moving, than exhibiting their musical prowess. In the end, it was a nice concert, but I walked away feeling that I didn't get to see and listen to the PM I'd hoped for. Bummer.

3.0 star rating George R from Washington, District of Columbia


The singers were talented, the orchestra was very good, but the content and presentation were, er, over the top kitschy. Cornball doesn’t even come close to describing the content and presentation: Interminable 4 hands at the piano were tasteless, bordering on homoerotic fervor. ! Was actually hoping for the show to end. Total low brow pop crap! Yeech.

3.0 star rating Susan Overland from Los Angeles, California


Not up to their usual high standard . The evening started with a performance that was fine except that it was way too loud we had to leave and sit near the toilets where the sound was muffled Pink martini was frankly boring! not up to their usual standard a disappointing evening

2.0 star rating from New Haven, Connecticut


We have enjoyed the music of Pink Martini for quite sometime and when we saw they would be performing LIVE at the Shubert in New Haven we jumped at the opportunity to get tickets. But sadly we were disappointed with their performance and would most likely not go see them again. Wish they sang more and talked less. It was difficult to understand Thomas' chatter and we didn't appreciate the constant pitch of their political views. They should have played more of their "classic" songs, the ones that made them famous. Not a tribute to Helen Reddy "I Am Woman" and Dolly Parton's "9 to 5"! Really??! Come'on people... not at these prices. China Forbes seemed bored and they gave too much attention and song time to their guest "Ari Sapiro" from NPR. On a positive note, the musicians in the band were phenomenal.


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