Four thousand people took advantage of a perfect Sunday afternoon at MONA.
They were, in the words of Ray Davies' 1966 classic, performed on this occasion by Dean Stevenson:
Lazing on a sunny afternoon,
In the summertime, in the summertime,
In the summertime …
Stevenson, the Violent Femmes bassist-cum-MONA FOMA Curator Brian Ritchie (in a cream suit, with purple hat and shoes), former Badloves frontman Michael Spiby and Maria Lurighi joined the Conservatorium of Music's Southern Gospel Choir and the Very Righteous Gospel Band for a concert called Standing in the Shadows of MONA. For nearly three hours the hits kept coming: music by the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Martha and the Vandellas, Joe Cocker and the Beatles, plus the Badloves' Green Limousine and some original numbers by SGC founder Dr Andrew Legg and Spiby.
The concert came just a week after the SGC launched Brighter Day, the DVD recording of another memorable concert, in July 2011, which was streamed from Hobart Town Hall to a total audience of more than 10,000 in 32 countries.
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