Nostalgia takes over Egyptian Theatre

By Haley Galvin

DeKALB — The Backstreet Boys may not truly be back, but the ultimate boy band tribute Larger Than Life is bringing them, along with other boy bands from way back when, to DeKalb.

From the clothes to the sound, this concert is bringing boy bands back for just one night with the ultimate boy band tribute, according to their website. The nostalgic takeover will take place 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.

From the Jackson 5 to One Direction, the group’s repertoire includes 40 songs from countless boy bands. Larger Than Life has brought their vocals and glamorous style all across the country including New York.

Producer and director Edvin Ortega said Larger than Life brings together boy bands from every era into a cohesive show that has something to offer for every boy band fan.

The shows started in 2008 as 20-minute performances in parks, and in 2014, the group began their full-length shows in New York. Since then, Ortega said their popularity has increased, and they have been performing shows at venues across the country.

“We are not a band,” Ortega said. “We are a full concert experience.”

All of the singing is done live, and Ortega said they love to interact with the audience with the goal of creating an awesome experience that feels like a throwback party.

The band performs songs from hit boy bands, including NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, One Direction and several others.

Jeanine Holcomb, marketing director for the Egyptian Theatre, said she imagines the show is like reliving the past and stepping back into the boy band craze.

“You know every word [of the songs],” Holcomb said. “[There is] this great nostalgia factor along with this great visual and dancing show.”

Ortega said the show will last about 90 minutes, and it will be a huge party. He said they encourage the audience to dress in ’90s fashion to help the atmosphere and really take audience members back in time.