BWW Reviews: Phantom-Famed Actor Ramin Karimloo Comes 'Home to Texas' with His Unique Broadgrass Style

‚Äč

Phantom-famed-actor-RAMIN-KARIMLOO-comes-home-to-Texas-20010101Ramin Karimloo performed in Texas for the first time yesterday. He is here with some of his band mates to do a three city mini tour. He opened up last night near Austin, Texas at Eastview High School in Georgetown, Texas. Ramin brought some band members with him and picked up a few here in Texas (Steve Young - acoustic guitar, Sergio Ortega - lead guitar, banjo and mandolin, Chip Bricker - keyboards, Staley Rogers - Bass, Coleman Smith - fiddle, Dennis Harper - drums). It was an evening of music Ramin called, "Broadgrass." The music surely was eclectic. They performed some Broadway greats such as "Music of the Night," and "Bring him Home," And when Ramin brought singer Maddy Jarmon to share center stage with him, they sang a hauntingly beautiful version of "A Little Fall of Rain." Maddy's voice was gorgeous and blended perfectly with Ramin's strong voice. He also surprised us with his version of "Beautiful Morning" from "Oklahoma" as well. It was nothing like you would expect it. It was so much better, more tight, more "Broadgrass." This show was an evening of non-stop entertainment and energy.

Ramin was invited to come to Texas and do these shows by Debby Sutton, Fine Arts Chair and Curtain Call Productions Director at Pleasant Grove High School in Texarkana, Texas. Debby said that she went to a show of Ramin's in Chicago and talked with him after the show about her students at Pleasant Grove High School. Ramin told her, "I'd love to come work with your kids." They only had 6 weeks to plan and pull this off, but they pulled it off with such professionalism and poise. Debby had 16 of her seniors along for the experience of a lifetime acting as "roadies" for Ramin and his band. Debby said, "He is just so great with the kids. It is life changing for these kids. He is a real guy who is approachable and kind. He is so humble."

As Ramin came onto the stage, you could feel his electricity and his passion for the music he performed. Each song was sung with feeling and with emotion and strength that you can't possibly feel when listening to a recording. Every song was strong and impressive. Ramin talked of his influences in music including Johnny Cash, The Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons and you could hear that influence in his music. Ramin made the music his own. He also sang Cats Stevens and Green Day songs. But, when Ramin sang his original music, he breathed real life into that music. It was him. It was his heart and soul. You could see the pride in his face as the audience applauded for those songs. He had "come home" to Texas and felt very comfortable singing for the Texans and they approved.

There is still a chance to catch Ramin in Texas as he performs on Wednesday, December 12 at Carroll Senior High School, Southlake, Texas (near Dallas) and Debby Sutton's school in Texarkana, Pleasant Grover High School, on December 14. Go to http://www.trahc.org to get your tickets before they are all sold-out.

Photo Credit: Irene Davidson

BWW Reviews: Phantom-Famed Actor Ramin Karimloo Comes 'Home to Texas' with His Unique Broadgrass Style

Ramin Karimloo

 

BWW Reviews: Phantom-Famed Actor Ramin Karimloo Comes 'Home to Texas' with His Unique Broadgrass Style

Ramin Karimloo

 

BWW Reviews: Phantom-Famed Actor Ramin Karimloo Comes 'Home to Texas' with His Unique Broadgrass Style

Ramin Karimloo

 

More Dallas!
Go to the Homepage


Comment & Share


About Author

Subscribe to Author Alerts
Kathy Strain Kathy Strain spent most of her life outside of Philadelphia and has enjoyed Broadway shows for most of her life. Kathy moved to San Antonio, Texas in 2001 with her husband Ken and 3 children. She holds a degree in Public Relations from the University of Texas at San Antonio and runs her own Public Relations company. She loves to contribute pieces on the arts to several outlets and enjoys writing about talent and sharing it with the world.


 
🔀DALLAS SHOWS
The King and I in DallasThe King and I
(Runs 9/24 - 11/2)
CARRIE the musical in DallasCARRIE the musical
(Runs 10/17 - 11/9)
Cats in DallasCats
(Runs 11/20 - 11/23)
SUNSET BOULEVARD in DallasSUNSET BOULEVARD
(Runs 12/4 - 12/27)
Once in DallasOnce
(Runs 12/17 - 12/28)
White Christmas in DallasWhite Christmas
(Runs 12/5 - 1/4)

View All | Add Show | Auditions

Message Board

DSM 2013 NEW

BWW BLOGS