The Diva of Disco, Donna Summer, was in rare form - and fashion - Friday night at a packed Cache Creek Casino. Her concert, which opened with an orchestra and her on a platform in a smoky haze, was a treat for those of us who stayed fit singing and dancing to her tunes in the 1970s.
Dressed in a fabulous, gold-sequined gown, Summer was every bit in command of the show. And "MacArthur Park" and "On the Radio" had the audience on its feet -"all the sweet green icing flowing down."
Since we were eagerly anticipating a change in costume, as well as more songs, it was tough when the public-address announcer came on to say that Summer would not be able to perform the second act. As it turns out, she became ill during the last segment of her set, and according to Cache Creek, she was advised not to return to the stage after consulting with paramedics.
And then, there's this letter from Summer herself, posted at www.cachecreek.com:
"To my friends and fans at (the) Cache Creek Casino show, thank you for your concern and support. During the opening of the show, I accidentally inhaled a large amount of theatrical smoke used for special effects on stage, which caused an allergic reaction constricting my lungs. I attempted to sing on but could not get enough oxygen. I managed to sing through a majority of the set, at which time I went off stage and was administered immediate medical attention. By the grace of God, we hope to see you in the future. Thanks again for your concern. Love, Donna."
Concert ticket-holders are advised that they can receive a complimentary meal at the Harvest Buffet on their next visit to Cache Creek; you just have to present your ticket stub at guest services.
That's nice and all, but no "Last Dance" still leaves us longing.
-- Leigh Grogan