Still got it 

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Reynolds Performance Hall
Sept. 29

CONWAY — Frankie Valli still has it. The falsetto range that the original Jersey Boy made so famous first as a member of the original Four Seasons and later in his hit-making solo career was on full display at Reynolds Performance Hall. A crowd of all ages enjoyed nearly 90 minutes of songs that covered Valli’s career.

Behind the singer, a talented band that also spanned a wide age gap powered the songs with the right amount of horns, thumping bass, keyboards from music director Ronny Robertson and terrific guitar work by Matt Baldoni.

With him, four young sturdy lads not from New Jersey made up Valli’s new version of the Four Seasons. They covered a couple of times for him on the high notes, but mostly it was Frankie still wowing the crowd with the highs on “Sherry” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”

A show highlight was a song originally recorded not by Valli or the Seasons, but by the Tremeloes — the mid-’60s hit “Silence Is Golden,” with all five voices harmonizing perfectly. Valli said it was one of his favorite songs, and he referenced his role the past couple of seasons on HBO’s “The Sopranos” by saying the song is the theme for those in the witness protection program. Valli’s repertoire with the crowd had the audience laughing all night.

The nearly full house of Reynolds gave Valli several standing ovations, particularly after “December, ’63 (Oh, What a Night)” and he responded at the end with another Four Seasons hit, “Rag Doll.”

Oh, what a night is right.


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