Not long into the B-52’s set during the Paramount Theatre Gala on Saturday, I thought: “I hope I’m having that much fun when I’m that age.”
Then it rather cruelly dawned on me: “I am that age.”
I’m fine with that. After all, I’m some three years younger than vocalist Fred Schneider and he seemed to have enough fun for all the hundreds of guests that gathered to raise money this night for the Paramount and State theaters.
This is one of those boisterous galas that starts early and doesn’t wear out until the wee hours of the morning. And the Paramount crew has their act down. Cocktails, expertly served. Auction, brisk and merry. Marquee musical act, in this case one that encouraged the guests to dress in their best 1960s camp attire.
And a certain Austin Theatre Alliance CEO Jim Ritts topped them all with his full-body red lobster outfit.
After the show, the long, long tent in the middle of Congress Avenue opens up plenty of space for dancing, chatting, snacking and bidding on perhaps the biggest silent auction in the city. Also, if you feel like sitting down, there’s dinner.
Back to the B-52’s: The college humor of this Athens, Ga.-based band doesn’t grow old for a big audience. They were always more about sensibility than musicality, but once Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson swing into “52 Girls” or “Roam," one is reminded that they’ve got some serious pipes.
And eventually, everyone at the Paramount headed down that Atlanta Highway on a frenzied trip to the “Love Shack.”
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