Some not so funny things have happened to several musicians on their way to the Carter Barron Amphitheater this summer.
Recently, the venerable blues singer Alberta Hunter hurt herself in a fall, forcing cancellation of her scheduled concert here next week. And last Saturday, an outdoor concert by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons was abruptly interrupted by a sudden gust of wind that send two light standards crashing to the stage, slightly injuring three members of the band.
By contrast, Valli's appearance at Carter Barron last night was uneventful in almost every respect. Apart from a surprise visit by founding member/songwriter Bob Gaudio, who was largely responsible for a staggering number of hits in the '60s, the show was a predictable mix of Top-40 music and memoris for the over-30 crowd.
Although Valli no longer slides into a falsetto as competently as he once did, his nasal tenor sounds just the same today as it was 15 years ago when it was found lurking behind nearly every button on the car radio.
From "Sherry" to Grease," from doo wop to disco, he spent the evening hopping back and forth through time, accompanied by an energetic though not very interesting 10-piece band. In the end, it was everything one expects from a sentimental journey of this kind and nothing more.