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Planet Hollywood

3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S.

Las Vegas, NV 89109

866-932-1818

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$60-$70

Mon-Sat 5:30pm

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B+

AT A GLANCE

What is it?

A percussion group that makes music and accompanies music by beating on stuff really loudly.

Where is it?

In the David Saxe Theater in the Miracle Mile Shops in Planet Hollywood on the Center Strip.

Is it worth the cost?

It is fun and energetic (and really loud) so if that's what you are looking for, then sure.

Why should I see this show?

Because you like it loud.

What else do I need to know?

Wow, it's loud.

What's the bottom line?

Who knew that banging on stuff this loudly could be so much fun?

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FULL REVIEW

It should come as no surprise really that a production with the name "percussion" in the title is not going to be what you might call a "quiet" show. What may come as a surprise is how crazy loud this "not quiet" show at the David Saxe Theater in the Miracle Mile Shops in Planet Hollywood actually gets, not just from the noise generated by the people on stage but from the audience members, all of whom are supplied with metal pots and drumsticks and then encouraged to go nuts. Bring ear plugs is all I'm saying.

The group of four guys includes a guitarist, a DJ, and two drummers who bang on stuff - drum sets, single drums, improvised drums, things that sound like drums, metal, wood, plastic, and on and on it goes. They take the occasional side trip to make noise in other ways like a chorus of industrial metal grinders as a symphony of sorts, but for the most part it's about the drumming and their sheer energy and brio more than makes up for a lack of a narrative other than "let's make more noise."

There are a few inspired moments: one of the guys literally uses his body as a drum set and the brilliance/lunacy of the whole thing elicited ecstatic cheers from the audience; whatever you call the drumming version of a rap battle between two of the performers explodes into an all-out war of ever-escalating challenges; and the entire show shuts down briefly for "Totally Random Cookie Time," which involves distributing cookies to the audience for no discernible reason (hence the "random" part).

If you saw the show when it was at The Linq and recognize those bits, rest assured there is still plenty of new material. Their segment when they make music from a series of old toys (Simon, Operation, Bop It, a Slinky) is mad genius while the part where they dress up in costumes to protray various song titles is dumb but intentionally so and hard not to laugh along with.

The show is family friendly and kids will probably love the opportunity to be as loud as they want to be and not get yelled at for it. Parents who embrace irony by yelling at their kids for being too noisy may want to go watch the flowers bloom at the Bellagio Conservatory.

If you can take the sonic disruption, this is a fun, energetic, and original show. Just remember to bring your headache medicine of choice.

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