April 11, 2012 -
The piano has taken Darin MacDonald far from his childhood home, but it has always kept him close to the sea. That continues over the next month as he brings his “Ivory Kings” tribute show to Resorts Atlantic City. See video after article.
MacDonald has been playing piano since age 5, the product of a musical family in the seaside Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand. The region itself fosters a strong musical tradition, as the Mission Wine Estate in Napier has been hosting the eponymous Mission Concert since 1993, featuring artists like Rod Stewart, Shirley Bassey, Olivia Newton-John and Sting.
MacDonald moved to Auckland to pursue a career in music. That pursuit took him to performing positions in Singapore and Osaka, Japan. MacDonald also performed at the Sky City casino in Auckland.
It was Carnival Cruise Lines, however, that took him far out to sea, and half a world away from his native New Zealand. MacDonald toured extensively through the Caribbean as a staff musician for Carnival.
He now lives in South Jersey with his wife and children, and has performed throughout the Northeast, still hugging the seashore, including concert dates last year in Cape May.
MacDonald’s show is an audience pleaser from start to finish, featuring the music of pop piano stars from Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles to Elton John and Billy Joel.
“Ivory Kings” runs now through May 10 at the Resorts Superstar Theatre. Show times are 3:30 and 8:00 PM on Wednesdays, and 3:30 PM Thursdays, with additional shows on select Sundays and Tuesdays. Tickets are $25. To see the full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit the “Ivory Kings” show listings at Ticketmaster.
And here’s MacDonald.
Article: Steve Grantz
Photo: Darin MacDonald web page.