New York-based ABBA tribute band to perform at Branson
June 3 – BRANSON, Mo. – While it doesn’t quite feel like a traditional Missouri summer just yet, Silver Dollar City is hosting its annual Summer Concert Series this weekend and the day after, where the “music of wellness” is the name of the game.
The Ozark Mountain Boys – as part of the band’s 50th anniversary tour – are due to play at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Echo Hollow Amphitheater, performing their top hits “Jackie Blue” and “Chicken Train.”
If these song titles mean nothing to you, these certainly will: “Take a Chance On Me”, “Dancing Queen”, “Waterloo” and “Mamma Mia”. At 7 p.m. next Saturday, June 11, in the grand finale of the concert series, Dancing Dream, an ABBA tribute band, will perform some of the Swedish pop group’s biggest pop and disco hits of the 1970s. The band, based in New York, arrives by plane for this one-night show. This will be their third visit to the 1880s theme park.
The tribute band debuted in 2009 as a song and dance duo consisting of Halina Ulatowski and her singing partner Agnes Jawien; at the time, they were known as ABBA GIRLZ. Seven years later, the duo morphed into a quartet and was renamed Dancing Dream, a combination of Ulatowski’s two favorite ABBA songs: “Dancing Queen” and “I Have a Dream.”
The name, she added, “also reflects my lifelong dream of performing ABBA songs live on stage.”
Ulatowski took over as manager, and currently the band consists of Jawien (playing Agnetha Faltskog), Madison Massey (Frida Lyngstad), Kent Thompson (Bjorn Ulvaeus) and Wade Ridenhour (Benny Andersson), along with three instrumentalists.
It was the perfect time for Ulatowski to expand the group, especially when they appeared in a short skit alongside comedian Stephen Colbert and his popular “The Colbert Report” in 2012.
This appearance “was very significant, because it aired 10 days before our first big gig as a full band, which took place at the legendary BB King’s Club and Grill in New York City” on July 1, 2012, Ulatowski said. . “A lot of people saw that episode (of Colbert). … It got a lot of people to see us perform live. ‘Mamma Mia’ was still playing on Broadway and the ABBA music was coming back.”
Unsurprisingly, Ulatowski has loved “everything ABBA” ever since she first heard “Dancing Queen” on the radio as a teenager.
“I was always the one who loved ABBA the most and believed in the success of this project,” she said. “I grew up listening to it. Once we started playing great venues for many ABBA fans, the music and those timeless songs made everyone in the band love ABBA more. We We’ve never met the original members, but hopefully one day we will.”
As for the band’s original music, “we could talk about it for a long time,” she said. “It’s so amazing how their songs have impacted so many art makers. Their unique song compositions – a mix of pop, rock and disco – have created a specific style. Their songs ruled the music world in the 70’s and 80’s but what about what’s been happening lately is beyond anyone’s expectations We feel the growing love for their music whenever we perform live.
It goes without saying, she added, that she feels happiest at the end of a concert, and she sees audience members “leaving and still humming the melody of ‘Dancing Queen’ afterward. to be disconnected for 90 minutes from all the evil going on in the world right now.”
Kevin McClintock is editor for The Joplin Globe.