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    Crystal Stark and the Gaslight Musical Hall deliver a night full of ‘rock n soul’

    Great live music, fun dancing and delicious food. In usual fashion, the Gaslight Music Hall,  located in Oro Valley, Arizona,  provided all of this and then some, offering an amazing night out filled with quality live entertainment. 

    On Friday, Aug. 2  the Gaslight Music Hall hosted American Idol semi-finalist Crystal Stark for their show, “Dancing In The Street Rock N’ Soul Dance Party With Crystal Stark.”  Packed with classic hits like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,”   “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”  and “We Are Family,”  Stark took the stage  with power and  dominated every song with her amazing vocals. Every classic song that Stark belted out had the audience on their feet dancing and having a truly fun time.

    The show took place in a large auditorium with rows of tables in which guests could enjoy the live entertainment while dining with the Gaslight Music Hall’s exceptional food. Unlike other shows the music hall has held, it provided a large space in front of the stage for audience members to dance the night away to the lively music. 

    The Gaslight Music Hall stuck to a classic theme for the show—each table was covered with a red and white checkered tablecloth and a waitress, dressed in a black costume-like dress, greeted each guest with a cool retro style. The Gaslight Music Hall offered a variety of different foods like fresh pizza, sandwiches and ice cream,  all served to their guests by friendly staff at reasonable prices. Soon after guests put their dinner orders in, the show began.

    Crystal Stark took the stage in a black sleeveless blouse, black shorts, black tights and wore silver sparkling accessories. Looking classically gorgeous, Stark was ready to take on the night. One of the first songs Stark sang, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,”  sent the audience immediately running to the dance floor. Brave and lively senior couples took to the dance floor first, but the rest of the audience couldn’t resist and joined in shortly after. 

    Stark had a beautiful soulful voice as she sang each song on her set list. Showing off her impeccable vocals, Stark ended most songs with a long, Beyoncé-like belt. Throughout the show Stark would change the term “rock n’ roll” to “rock n’ soul” to match the vibe of the music. For example, when Stark sang the famous song “I Love Rock n’ Roll,”  she changed the lyrics to “I love rock n’ soul.”

    A fantastic and equally-as-soulful band backed up—Aaron Szabo on drums, Matt Mitchell on guitar, Evan Dain on bass and Richard Katz on keys. The stage, illuminated with spotlights, had a screen behind the band that lit up and displayed geographic patterns, captivating the eyes of audience members while they danced like no one was watching.   

    The Gaslight Music Hall continuously hosts new shows for their loyal attendees to come and enjoy themselves. 

    Adding a unique and classic twist to stage entertainment, the Gaslight Music Hall and Crystal Stark made “Dancing In The Street Rock N’ Soul Dance Party With Crystal Stark” a night out to remember.

    Always welcoming new visitors, the Gaslight Music Hall encourages everyone in Tucson to come to a show for a fun night out. You can find a schedule of Gaslight Music Hall’s current and upcoming shows on their website. The great food and awesome performances make the relatively quick drive up north to Oro Valley worth it.

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