RiverPark Hosts Musical Tribute to “Queen”
September 25 – Marc Martel and “The Ultimate Queen Celebration” will be released in Owensboro.
The 44-year-old Canadian rocker will lead the peloton for “an explosive and captivating tribute where some of the most iconic rock anthems of all time collide with theatrical performance style and jaw-dropping production” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7. 29 at the RiverPark Center.
The tribute focuses on Queen’s best-known songs while drawing on other genres that the late frontman Freddie Mercury explored towards the end of his life, such as opera arias, which Martel describes as “a spectacle. of the biggest hits with a twist.
âI think we can all agree that the voice of Freddie Mercury is one of the greatest, but Marc Martel is practically a reincarnation,â said Grae Greer, director of marketing and education for the RiverPark Center. âYou won’t be disappointed. We’ve had a lot of performers over the past 29 years, but ‘The Ultimate Queen Celebration’ is unlike anything we’ve had before. If you close your eyes you’d think it is Freddie. “
A native of Montreal, Martel began his journey in the music industry as the singer, guitarist and pianist of the Christian rock band Downhere in the late 1990s. The group’s self-titled debut album in 2001 won a Juno Award. for Best Gospel Album and the Gospel Music Association (GMA) Covenant Canada Award for Rock Album of the Year.
Martel stayed with the band for 13 years, touring and releasing five more records before taking a hiatus in 2011. Meanwhile, Martel was encouraged by friends and family to apply for the member’s video talent competition. original Queen Roger Taylor to find a musician to play. in the live tribute tour group “The Queen Extravaganza”, in honor of the group’s 40th anniversary.
Martel’s audition, a cover of the 1976 band’s anthem “Somebody to Love,” placed Martel at the top of the field of contenders receiving more than three million views (now at 22.4 million) over the course of the first week, followed by a performance on “The Ellen Spectacle Degeneres.”
Martel was chosen for the tour.
After six years and over 160 shows, Martel formed “The Ultimate Queen Celebration” in 2017 while juggling a solo career, releasing the modern rock record “Impersonator” in 2014 and the extended Christian-oriented piece “The Silent. Night “in 2016, and before” Symphonic Queen “with the Mexican Philharmonic Orchestra (OFUNAM) in Mexico City.
Martel can also be heard lending his vocal talents in the Oscar nominated film “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
Greer said the RiverPark team are just as excited as the audience will be.
âThe staff and I watched all of Marc Martel’s YouTube videos this week in preparation for his show,â said Greer. “This tribute to the iconic band is breathtaking and will make you feel like you’re back with the original band.”
While the goal is to rock the crowd with Martel and company, health and safety will be a top priority.
âThe RiverPark Center requires masks in the building,â said Greer. “For the safety of our staff, artists and clients, we ask everyone to wear a mask during the performance.”
Tickets for the event are on sale at riverparkcenter.org.