Whether you are a fan of his music or not, you had to be a fan of Robert Black’s as he sang Elvis Presley’s most beloved tunes, as well as a few other songs thrown in for good measure.
Black wore a typical Elvis-style costume; white rhinestone top and pants with a red scarf, aviator glasses, and even the hair was a dead ringer for the original King. He worked the crowd tirelessly, drawing youngsters to the stage and getting them up and dancing along to songs that were popular before many of those kids parents had been born.
The older members of the audience clearly enjoyed the trip down memory lane, as many clapped and sang along. A few even got up to dance on what Black described as “the biggest dance floor I’ve ever seen”, referring to Marois Field in front of the Riley-Pappas Pavilion.
About 300 people gathered on a splendid summer evening, a nice change from the unsettled weather we had most of the week.
Next week’s performance features Silver Backs, playing hits from oldies up to contemporary music. The following week, on Thursday, July 31 and Friday, August 1st, the Auburn Community Players teen theater program will perform “Schoohouse Rock” on the Riley-Pappas stage. All performances are free and begin at 6pm every Thursday night. In the event of rain, the shows are held the following Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm.