It's a big leap from the modest Big Easy to the newer, bigger Port City Music Hall, but Russian tribute act Kino Proby's new disc, Live at the Big Easy, makes it obvious that the band can use the extra room to spread out. The trio's annual Portland concert at the larger venue (even though it was technically a CD-release party for the Big Easy disc) continued their celebration of Kino singer Viktor Tsoi's legacy — from a pre-show backstage vodka toast to their lost idol to the onstage praise for their namesake.
Decked out in tuxedos for the occasion and making serious mileage dashing around the stage (mostly on the part of Adam Kurtz/Viktor 2), the band kept the energy impossibly high for the duration of their two-hour performance. The trio got just about every rock trick into their show: dueling guitars, synchronized jumps, running into the crowd, even an acoustic interlude.
Kino Proby fans love these songs, which means there's a lot of dancing, singing along, attempts at dancing on stage/fondling band members, and — oddly enough — posing for photos in front of the band while they're playing (often accompanied by a thumbs-up or devil horns). Always crowd-pleasers, the band invited any fans wearing Kino Proby T-shirts (with Tsoi's face on them) onstage to dance while the musicians moved to the sidelines.
Next time you get a chance to see them — likely January 2011 — don't let the language barrier get between yourself and one of the most rewardingly over-the-top rock shows to be found in our clubs.
kinoproby.com | seen photos from the show online at HillyTown.com
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