H2O puts a kiss on fans’ lips at Thrasher-Horne Center

By Kathleen Chambless For Clay Today
Posted 10/13/21

CLAY TODAY – Despite diminishing worries about COVID-19 that still linger in Clay County, the Thrasher Horne Center’s season continues to present fantastic shows.

Their most recent performance …

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H2O puts a kiss on fans’ lips at Thrasher-Horne Center

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CLAY TODAY – Despite diminishing worries about COVID-19 that still linger in Clay County, the Thrasher Horne Center’s season continues to present fantastic shows.

Their most recent performance was H2O: a Hall and Oates experience. Though the group is a cover band, they made it clear from the get-go that they were really performing to continue the legacy of Daryl and John. The tagline for the show was “It’s about the music” and in speaking to members of the group, their passion was immediately obvious. Lead singer Jason Ames studied the iconic duo’s music for months to nail the vocal inflections and style that make Hall and Oates so distinctive.

“When my manager suggested the project, I initially thought that it would be easy. I’ve got a similar range to my voice, and their music seems simple on first listen.” He recalls, “I was talking to another friend of mine in the industry, and when I mentioned what I would do, he asked me if I was crazy. You can’t touch Daryl. No one can touch Daryl.” Despite that wariness, when Ames performed for that same friend a few months later, the uncanny similarity thoroughly impressed him.

The group absolutely knows how to put on a great show. From the saxophone solos to the use of visualizers on the screen, they brought the music of Hall and Oates to life for a varied audience of old and new fans alike.

The only damper on the show was the smallish crowd. While the audience was sparse, most of them were energetic. Members were dancing to hit songs like “Maneater” and “I Can’t Go For That,” and the energy from the band kept the energy of the audience up throughout the show

Speaking to Ames shed a little light on the subject, he said: “We don’t do it for the money, we really do it to bring people together. Everyone here tonight has some memory associated with Hall and Oates and that’s what they came here for, to relive it.”

Performing in a pandemic isn’t a simple task either, and despite forming the group pre-COVID, there have been some drawbacks to booking shows when theatres and audiences alike are still worried about getting sick.

The group hopes that their performance this weekend will bring new people in. With the way audience members were dancing and having a great time, I’m inclined to say it will. They plan on returning as soon as the Thrasher Horne will have them- and if you appreciate the music of Hall and Oates, I highly recommend grabbing tickets when they’re advertised and available.

Country superstar Clint Black will perform next on Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. For a complete list of upcoming shows, visit thcenter.org.

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