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Ari Hest with guest Lily Mae

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Many singer-songwriters toil for months, trying to make a demo that sounds polished enough to score them a record deal with a major label. But Ari Hest did the exact opposite, as he continues to defy the conventional route of a musician.

Already signed to a major, he opted out of his label deal so that he could have more control over his art. He then embarked on his ambitious ’52’ project, during which he spent all of last year immersed in an unprecedented effort – to write, record, produce and release one new song per week, for 52 weeks in a row. Now, he has self-released his new studio CD, ‘Twelve Mondays,’ featuring reworked versions of 12 fan-selected songs, culled from his extraordinary output.

Currently appearing often with legendary singer, Judy Collins, Ari Hest follows a renegade path that reveals the ‘New Music Industry’ at its best, and allows Hest’s impressive work to find the audience he wants it to find. ‘Twelve Mondays’ showcases the diversity of Hest’s songwriting. From the haunting, minimasterpiece “Broken Voices,” to the USA TODAY’s pick, “The Weight,” which they praised as a “poignant, acoustic reverie,” it’s a remarkable mix that is distinguished by the intelligence, nuance and range of Hest’s material.

“A prolific songwriter and a captivating live performer.” – The Boston Globe

“The best part: His songs are high-caliber and deeply heartfelt.” Performing Songwriter Magazine

“Although he may be a few decades too late to be called a beatnik, with his rejection of a major label, long hair and songs about chasing miracles, Hest would make Kerouac proud.” – Cleveland Free Times

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Bennie & The Jets - Elton John Show

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If your thing is the music of Elton John and his band, then this is the perfect show for you. Greg Ransom plays the Elton John character with aplomb, but most importantly – he has mastered the songs, both vocally and on the piano.

His band is top-shelf too, pulling together all the parts of a master’s music and performing it like you want to hear it.

Benny and the Jets have performed all across the country and also overseas, last summer entertaining our troops in Iraq. This is a classy show, pure fun and great music, sung and played as it should be.

Steepwater Band with The Congress

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Sometimes you need some serious rock n roll. So we got it for you.

The Steepwater Band excels at rock ‘n’ roll performed in the smoldering style of the Black Crowes, early Jimi Hendrix, or the Exile-era Rolling Stones, originals and classics by blues icons like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, all performed with conviction and passion. If you’re a fan of rock ‘n’ roll, then we invite you to check this band out for yourself.

While The Steepwater Band got their start as devotees of delta blues, they have since been expanding on their influences taking on everything from psychedelia to Americana, and of course, rock and roll music. Formed in Chicago in 1998, the band’s signature sound is at once a nod to earlier rock n’ blues combined with a raw and gutsy musical approach.

And introducing The Congress, who have been on tours from California to Virginia, on support tours opening multiple nights for the likes of Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lake Street Dive, and Hard Working Americans, and who have been incessantly playing their home turf in the Rocky Mountains when in between coasts.

The Congress has developed a Muscle Shoals-esque tightness developed over hundreds of shows per year, that is equal parts rock & roll, old-school soul music, and outlaw country, marked by an obsession with rhythmic feel, songwriting, and instrumental mastery.

Together, the Steepwater Band and The Congress have the ability to rock your world, or at least change forever the way you think about rock ‘n’ roll.

Black Lillies

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Founded by multi instrumentalist and vocalist Cruz Contreras, The Black Lillies have created their own brand of country, roots, rock and blues via Appalachia.

The proof that The Black Lillies are such a potent band is etched into the vinyl of ‘Hard To Please,’ the band’s fourth and latest studio album. It’s an alternately rip-roaring and deeply intimate record, showcasing both frontman Cruz Contreras’ lyrical evolution as a writer and a more sonically sophisticated side of the band. The album stands as the finest yet in The Black Lillies’ outstanding catalog.

When it came time to record, the bar had already been set high with the group’s previous releases, which were hailed as “buzzworthy, genre-mashing roots music” by Rolling Stone Country and praised everywhere from Vanity Fair and The Wall Street Journal to CMT and Entertainment Weekly. The sound reflects their raucous live show, which prompted NPR’s Ann Powers to name them a top pick at SXSW, and has earned them festival slots from Bonnaroo to Stagecoach, as well as the honor of playing The Grand Ole Opry more than any other independent band in history.

It’s nothing short of remarkable how far the band has come in their six years, both in terms of miles and in terms of musical growth. Through the ups and the downs, they’ve established themselves as one of the hardest-working and most dynamic bands touring today. With a re-imagined six-piece live lineup, it won’t be hard to please Black Lillies fans, and with an album as great as ‘Hard to Please,’ they’ll bring a whole lot of new ones into the fold, too.

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Tom Petty Tribute - Damn The Torpedoes -

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Damn the Torpedoes is the ultimate tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.  Each member takes pride in playing the extensive Tom Petty catalog while sounding and acting as close to the real thing as possible.

Whether performing note for note renditions of the studio recordings or engaging the audience with actual live versions of TPATH’s concert performances, the Damn the Torpedoes deliver a great Tom Petty experience.

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Start Making Sense - The Talking Heads

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If David Byrne is one of the geniuses of modern times, then Start Making Sense is a tribute to genius.

The musicians in this 7-piece band recreate the music and the magic of the Talking Heads’ entire career, and they do it flawlessly. Together they bring the Heads’ blockbuster live show to the stage once again, with front man Jon Braun as a spot-on David Byrne, along with the same throbbing beat and musicality of the original.

The talent in this band is hard to overstate: this band can flat-out play. Non-stop.

Prepare yourself for a rockin’, funkin’, dance celebration of the New Wave art-punk you loved from the 80’s!

Featuring also to open the show an amazing Tribute to Hall & Oats from some of the same members of Start Making Sense.

Most Excellent Order of Sir Paul

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The Most Excellent Order of Sir Paul is a thrilling, note-for-note, live concert experience that celebrates the music of McCartney, the rock legend, from his early years before The Beatles, to the incredible British Invasion, Wings and beyond to McCartney’s solo career.

Founded by original cast member of Broadway’s BEATLEMANIA!, Lenie Colacino, The Most Excellent Order of Sir Paul takes McCartney and Beatles fans on a musical journey in a joyful, masterful performance a that leaves audiences on their feet and cheering for more.

Together with Joe Pecorino, BEATLEMANIA’s original “John”, along with other “masters of McCartney”, this band of brothers faithfully recreates the beloved music of Sir Paul – complete with original gear, a deep respect the intricacies of each song. McCartney’s hits and hidden gems are delivered with passion and utter precision.

Wildly popular, this high energy, kick-butt show satisfies even the most discerning of McCartney fans. Don’t miss this special performance relive the greatest body of rock music ever created!

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It Was A Very Good Year - Frank Sinatra Tribute by Tony Sands

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Tony Sands captivates his audiences with the mannerisms, illusion and romance that have made him a must see in Atlantic City & Vegas for more than 20 years. Tony’s impressive resume includes numerous television appearances throughout the east coast as well as his spot on portrayal of Sinatra in a Rat Pack style revue.

Currently Tony Sands if producing a never before seen musical journey about the life and times of the late Frank Sinatra called “It Was A Very Good Year”.

The Mauch Chunk Opera House is an exquisite venue to hear Big Band music & this performance will feature an 8 piece world-class big band. You’ll hear all the best loved Sinatra Classic true to the original arrangements.

Jeffrey Gaines

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Singer-songwriter Jeffrey Gaines has gone against the grain since releasing his first folk-oriented album during the grunge rage of the early 1990s. Causing difficulties for radio programmers with his boundary-crossing music, however, Gaines spent a decade trying for a commercial breakthrough. Nevertheless, Gaines built a loyal following through passionate concert performances and a series of intensely personal albums, each based on his soulful voice and distinctive song narratives.

Given the acclaim for his songwriting, the success of his breakthrough MTV hit in 2001, a cover version of Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes,” was somewhat ironic.

To hear Gaines live is nothing short of awe. His powerful presences and soulful voice take no time to hook deep and captivate with an epic delivery of emotion with just an acoustic guitar and voice.

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Claire Lynch Band

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It’s hard to believe, but we won’t hear Claire Lynch’s sweet voice live anymore, as this is her final tour.

Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. She was the 2013 Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and a 2012 recipient of the United States Artists Walker Fellowship.

Her career has been decorated with many other accolades including two GRAMMY nominations and three International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist awards in 2010 and 1997. Recently, at the 2014 IBMA Awards, she received two trophies: “Song of the Year” for Dear Sister, and “Recorded Event of the Year” for her guest vocal appearance with Country Boy; A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver.

Dolly Parton credits Claire with “one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today.” Equally gifted as a songwriter, her songs have been recorded by The Seldom Scene, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, Cherryholmes, The Whites and others.

The current Claire Lynch Band is a powerful juggernaut, a quartet that has the innate ability to perfectly interpret the beauty, subtlety, and genre-defying sophistication of Claire’s music. The Claire Lynch Band features like-minded musicians blending tradition and innovation – two-time IBMA-winning bassist-clawhammer banjo player-dancer-percussionist Mark Schatz, soulful mandolinist-guitarist Jarrod Walker, and young string wizard Bryan McDowell, who at 18, won an unprecedented triple win at the Winfield, Kansas National Flatpicking Championship.

In 2014, Digital Journal.com listed Claire as “One of the 10 Best Angelic Voices of Our Time”. She shared that honor with such luminaries as Judy Collins, Alison Krauss, Sarah McLachlan, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris.

Splintered Sunlight Labor Day Party

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Formed in 1992, Splintered Sunlight has been captivating audiences with their authentic tribute to The Grateful Dead for years. The band’s faithful following reflects their deep understanding of the improvisational traditions of The Dead.

Splintered Sunlight is every bit the equal of the various bigger-name Dead bands. From its authentic two-drumset lineup, to Butchy Sochorow’s soaring lead guitar and naturally dead-on Jerry-like voice, to Dan Leyden’s rhythms and Bob Weir vocals, Splintered can do it all in a big way. If you have never heard them, well, look out!

They’re musically superb, imaginative, and always changing set lists, like the Dead. Experience them for yourself!

Altan

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No Irish traditional band in the last dozen years has had a wider impact on audiences and music lovers throughout the world than Altan.

With their exquisitely produced award-winning recordings, ranging dynamically from the most sensitive and touching old Irish songs all the way to hard hitting reels and jigs, and with their heartwarming, dynamic live performances, Altan have moved audiences from Donegal to Tokyo to Seattle, believing that Irish traditional music is a modern music in every sense and its growing influence and popularity have proved them right.

The seeds of the band lie in the music and fun of gatherings and sessions in kitchens and pubs in Donegal where virtuoso music was heard in an atmosphere of respect and intimacy – it is here that the band’s heart lies still whether they are performing on television in Australia or jamming with Ricky Skaggs on the west coast of the United States.

Altan’s commitment to good natured fun was second only to their commitment to excellence in all things musical, and so the band members who were gathered in were top-notch. Altan has always been a virtuoso band. Earliest was bouzouki-player, Ciarán Curran from Co. Fermanagh, a session and festival veteran, nephew of fiddler, Ned Curran, and close friend of fiddler, Ben Lennon, and flute-player, Cathal MacConnell (of the Boys of the Lough). Like all accompanists of the time, Ciarán had invented his own style on the instrument, and his playing lies at the heart of the Altan sound, though like all great accompanists, the very perfection of what he does makes it difficult for the casual listener to notice!

Altan’s international status and success found a very practical recognition when they were signed in 1996 to Virgin Records, the first Irish band of their kind to be signed by a major label. The band gained gold and platinum albums in Ireland and toured larger venues, literally throughout the world, with tours in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Europe as well as regular successful U.S. tours.

In spite of a hectic touring and recording schedule, Altan continue fresh in their vision of bringing the beauty and joy of traditional music to audiences everywhere, and have always promised themselves to continue as long as it’s fun – fortunately, it still is

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Billy Joel Tribute - The Stranger

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THE STRANGER is the complete premiere tribute to the music of one of the worlds most beloved performers, Billy Joel. Comprised of some of the best and most experienced musicians in the business, this 6 piece band brings together an authentic replication of Billy’s timeless music, crowning it with soulful, spot on vocals that makes listening to a Billy Joel song so special. Out front on piano & lead vocals is founder & frontman Mike Santoro. Born and raised in Levittown NY like Joel himself, Mike also looks like Billy, moves like Billy, plays piano like Billy, and most of all sounds so much like Billy Joel that you will be astonished that what you’re seeing and hearing is actually a tribute artist. We give you the Billy Joel show with the sound of his original band in his prime… energetic, interactive an often unpredictable. Its live entertainment at its best!

Coco Montoya

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Guitar One Magazine calls guitarist/vocalist Coco Montoya “the hottest southpaw in the blues” and raves about his “master touch and killer tone.” The Boston Globe succinctly states that Montoya’s music is “hot, blistering soul.”

From his early days as a drummer to his current status as one of the top-drawing guitarists and vocalists on the blues-rock scene, Montoya earned his status through years of hard work and constant touring. John Mayall recruited him as his guitarist in the legendary Bluesbreakers, and Montoya spent the next 10 years touring non-stop, proving himself to be a world-class guitar master in one of the most renowned blues bands in existence. The rest is history!

After three records with Mayall as a member of the Bluesbreakers, Coco decided in 1993 it was time to take the lessons from his two musical fathers and begin to sculpt a solo career. In 2000, Coco took his music up a notch and signed with Alligator Records, the country’s top blues label.

In 2009, Coco Montoya found a new home in the old world. Germany’s premier blues label, Ruf Records, signed the guitar giant and is poised to bring Coco Montoya’s heart to a world audience. I Want It All Back was the first step in that commitment.

“This is an exciting journey,” said Coco. “To my fans who love my guitar, I say come to me with open ears. The guitar is still there, but it’s not the only voice I have. Listen to me as an artist who is growing and grow with me.”

Wishbone Ash

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Touring and producing outstanding progressive rock for over 40 years, Wishbone Ash remains one of Britain’s most remarkable bands. Always best appreciated live, their twin-guitar sound, honed back in the seventies, is one of their defining and enduring traits.

Wishbone Ash are considered to be one of the major innovators of the harmony twin lead guitar format. Their contributions helped Andy Powell and Ted Turner to be voted “Two of the Ten Most Important Guitarists in Rock History” (Traffic magazine 1989), and to appear in the “Top 20 Guitarists Of All Time” (Rolling Stone). Melody Maker (1972) described Powell and Turner as “the most interesting two guitar team since the days when Beck and Page graced The Yardbirds”.

Les Dudek

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Guitarist Les Dudek has played with some of rock and pop’s biggest names (Stevie Nicks, Steve Miller, Dave Mason, Cher, Boz Scaggs, and the Allman Brothers Band), in addition to issuing critically-acclaimed solo albums on his own.

By the early ‘70s, Dudek was residing in Florida, playing in the obscure group, Power, whose keyboard player was friends with the Allman Brothers’ Dickey Betts. Soon a friendship was struck up between Betts and Dudek, who was present for the Brothers and Sisters recording sessions, laying down guitar lines alongside Betts on Ramblin’ Man and helping co-write songs including the classic, Jessica.

After his detour with the Allman Brothers, Dudek signed on with Boz Scaggs, playing with him for five years and appearing on the 1976 release, Silk Degrees. Dudek became friends with Steve Miller, leading to a co-headlining tour between Scaggs and Miller, which saw Dudek appearing with both artists each night. Miller would subsequently record a few of Dudek’s original compositions, including Sacrifice for his Book of Dreams release, while Dudek also played on Miller’s Fly Like an Eagle album.

Dudek guested on Stevie Nicks’ 1985 release, Rock a Little, and was the guitarist on the album’s ensuing tour. The ‘90s saw Dudek return to his blues roots, as he appeared on Steve Miller’s back-to-basics release, 1993’s Wide River, and issued his fifth solo release overall, 1994’s Deeper Shade of Blues.

2007 brought the bluesy CD, Deeper Shade of Blues while 2013 saw the release of his album, Delta Breeze. Known for first-class musicianship and smokin’ guitar, Dudek has been on the road with his band, performing songs from all his records, plus hits he has recorded with other artists, still blowing the doors off venues all over the world.

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Ted Vigil's Tribute to John Denver

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John Denver is alive and well with Ted Vigil! With his uncanny resemblance to John Denver, both physically and vocally, singer/songwriter Ted Vigil has stunned audiences across the country with his tribute performances.

Born and raised in the same open air which John Denver so deeply cherished, Vigil recreates the original concert experience in his tribute to John Denver. Ted’s incredible voice and likeness elevates this show to the most accurate representation of any artist your likely to see on stage.

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NOT FADE AWAY - Tribute to the music of BUDDY HOLLY, Richie Valens, THe Big Bopper and more.

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Not Fade Away is a tribute to the music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and more! This is not your typical tribute show. Six talented young artists take music from the days of swoonin’, boppin’ and rockin’ and bring it to an incredible new life. With fresh takes on classic hit songs including That’ll Be The Day, Everyday, Summertime Blues, Oh Donna, La Bamba, Chantilly Lace, Beggar to a King, Peggy Sue, and Maybe Baby, Not Fade Away appeals to both the nostalgic music lover and rockabillys everywhere. You won’t be able to resist getting up on your feet and dancing the night away!

Hollywood Nights

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HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS is truly a Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet band experience! There show is based on Bob’s high energy performances of the late nineteen seventys and the bands attention to detail cannot go unnoticed. Bringing ten musicians to the stage with songs like Night Moves Against the wind, Old time Rock & Roll, Katmandu, Like a rock and Turn the page, this will be a night for all who have come to love Rock & Roll in its finest moment.

Dala

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Juno nominees and winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala write and sing in harmony best described as angelic. These two best friends met in their high school music class in 2002; they have since released five albums and toured extensively across North America. Darlings of the Canadian music scene, Dala are now poised to bring their fresh brand of acoustic pop music to the world.

Drawing upon influences like The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Dala write songs that are both catchy and insightful. Amanda’s ethereal soprano voice blends seamlessly with Sheila’s velvety alto, creating the lush harmonies that have become their trademark.

“There’s nothing pretentious about Dala’s music; it’s stripped down and laid bare. That’s not to say it is without polish – far from it. Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther have worked hard to exploit every facet of their extraordinary musical blend, and it would be just as at home in a 1960s coffeehouse as it is now on the contemporary concert stage”. -Andrew Craig, Host of CBC “Canada Live”

The sheer joy with which they perform is infectious, turning first-time listeners into instant fans. Dala are equally entertaining between songs, telling funny and down to earth stories that make every show unique. Dala have opened for artists such as Tom Cochrane, Stuart McLean of the CBC’s Vinyl Café, Richie Havens and Arlo Guthrie. No strangers to the festival scene, they have also performed at The New Orleans Jazz Festival, The Edmonton Folk Festival, California’s Strawberry Festival and Mariposa. In 2009, they were the only Canadian act invited to play at the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Folk Festival.

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Eaglemania

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If you love The Eagles, then this is the show to see. With an intimate room, phenomenal sound, all seats close, and a great listening and viewing balcony, it all adds up to a great opportunity to experience your own style of Eaglemania!

With a passion for perfection, Eaglemania brings the ultimate Eagles experience, scrupulously delivering the harmonies and musicianship of one of the greatest bands of all time.

Formed in 1971 by Glen Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner, they later added Don Felder, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmitt. With five number one singles, six Grammys, five American Music Awards, and six number one albums, the Eagles were (and continue to be) one of the most successful musical acts ever.

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Ten - Pearl Jam Tribute

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One of AXSTV’s “Worlds Greatest Tribute Bands”, Ten is the nation’s premier fan tribute to the legendary rock band Pearl Jam. Touring the US and beyond since 2003, the band has played over 550 shows nationwide to standing room only crowds, and has developed a truly unique show for die-hards and casual fans alike.

Ten has generated a tremendous buzz in US markets nationwide for their authentic reproduction of a live Pearl Jam concert. “This is the most authentic tribute act I have ever seen, and I have seen a bunch” was the quote of a representative of Clear Channel Communications at the inaugural show in May of 2003. Since that night Ten has performed well over 550 shows over 10+ yrs and has firmly established themselves as the premier touring Pearl Jam Tribute act in the US …

In 2014 Ten was selected by AXS TV to appear on the hit TV Show “Worlds Greatest Tribute Bands” hosted by Katie Daryl. The one hour live performance from the World Famous Whisky-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles appeared live in living-rooms worldwide on November 11, 2014.

As the longest touring Tribute to Pearl Jam in the US, Ten will be hitting the road nationally once again in 2016 !

Slambovian Pre-Halloween Mischief Show

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The Slambovian Pre-Halloween Mischief Show marks the return of one of our most legendary dates ever, and a continuation of the great music and fun we bring to you.

It’s about time and we’re thrilled!

The Slambovians play music that harks back to the idealistic, catchy folk rock of the 1960s and 1970s. But they’re not a nostalgia act. “Instead of rehashing the old stuff, we went back to the well,” says lead singer Joziah Longo. Almost anything (think purple pancakes) can happen at a Gandalf show, and usually does.

Come in costume if you like, and let your imagination go wild. Citing influences as diverse as Hank Williams, Dylan, Bowie, Incredible String Band and early Pink Floyd, Longo describes the band’s music as “punk-classical-hillbilly-Floyd,” and no matter how you’re dressed, you’re guaranteed a rollercoaster of whimsical, thought-provoking songs.

Paragon Ragtime Orchestra Halloween Show

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The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra is the world’s only year-round, professional ensemble re-creating “America’s Original Music” – the syncopated sounds of early musical theater, silent cinema, and vintage dance.

This group will bring tears of laughter to your eyes as it aces the original scores of ghost-themed silent comedy films in its hilarious “Haunted Hollywood” production. Charismatic founder and maestro Rick Benjamin is just as entertaining between the movies!

The PRO came into being as the result of Rick Benjamin’s 1985 discovery of thousands of turn-of-the-century orchestra scores once belonging to Victrola recording star Arthur Pryor. In 1988 the Orchestra made its formal debut at Alice Tully Hall – the first concert ever presented at Lincoln Center by such an ensemble.

Since then PRO has appeared at hundreds of leading arts venues, including the Ravinia Festival, the Smithsonian Institution, Chautauqua, the Brucknerhaus (Austria), the New York 92nd Street Y, and the American Dance Festival.

In addition to its worldwide concert hall, university, and festival appearances, the PRO has acquired a considerable following both here and abroad through its radio programs on the New York Times’ WQXR, National Public Radio, the British Broadcasting Corporation, and the Voice of America networks.

Over the years the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra has been heard on the soundtracks of several motion pictures and television programs. The Orchestra’s audio and video recordings have been widely praised, and considered instrumental in rekindling interest in America’s rich traditions of theater, cinema, and dance orchestra music.

Larry and Teresa

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Multi-instrumentalist-vocalist Larry Campbell and singer-guitarist Teresa Williams have rocked many a venue, as both center stage performers and invaluable assets to world-class acts. A shortlist of artists who’ve benefited from their talents reads like a Who’s Who of Music Icons: Bob Dylan (Larry spent eight years on the Never Ending Tour), Paul Simon, Little Feat, Hot Tuna, Phil Lesh, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples, and, for one miraculous seven-year stretch, Levon Helm.

Now, with an eponymous debut album, the couple brings it all back home. Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams may have been simmering awhile, but the timing is perfect; the eleven tracks, produced by Campbell, distill everything into a potent, infectious blend of Americana style and timeless soul, offered with a relaxed generosity that can only come from rich experience.

Larry became the unflappable leader of the shape-shifting Midnight Ramble Band, earning three Grammys for producing Levon’s final three CDs; Teresa, as an indispensable band member, frequently brought the house down. Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams is an extension of that time, featuring eight originals and three covers honed on the carpet of Levon’s barn, under the gaze of grateful fans.

For Teresa, singing in the church-like space at the Midnight Rambles was full circle for her childhood discovery of the magic between an audience and an artist. “I didn’t know anything about making records. I just knew connection to an audience was everything. While standing onstage Saturday nights at Levon’s – musically true north – in that intimate space, I realized: this was my dream, and I’m in it.”

When performing at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch in Ohio, Teresa took on Reverend Gary Davis’ “Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning,” infusing the apocalyptic gospel tune with show-stopping, pew-jumping fervor. Her roots as a seventh-generation Mississippi Delta cotton-farm girl rose to the surface.

With Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, this duo not only brings a lot to the table, they bring the table itself – plus the house, the still, the church, the marriage bed, the sawdust-covered floor, and abiding, unconditional love, all carried in two voices harmonizing across hills, hollers, porches, and fire escapes. Those close harmonies ride atop music made in a mountain refuge, far from the madding crowd, connected to a spirit that lives on in song.

The 'The Band' Band Last Waltz Celebration

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The original Band’s final performance, in San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom, was called The Last Waltz, and set the standard by which all farewell concerts are measured. We celebrate that great night back in 1976!

The Band produced some of the most original and soulful music that set the standard for contemporary music in Anerica with classics like Up on Cripple Creek, The Weight, Ophelia, It Makes No Difference, and I Shall Be Released.

The Last Waltz Celebration features a 3-piece horn section, as well as the full 5 pieces of the ‘The Band’ Band. One in the audience last summer said “I had no idea how much I loved The Band!”

As with the original Last Waltz, when Bill Graham catered the show to acknowledge a historic event, the Opera House will serve hors d’oeuvre by 14-Acre Farm.

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The Sixties Show

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The Sixties Show is a NYC based theatrical based multimedia show from NYC and is regarded as The Greatest 1960’s Musical Tribute show in The World.

The act features former members of Billy Joel’s and Elton John’s band, The Boston Pops® and current members of Multi Platinum Pop Stars The Smithereens.

Individually they have toured and recorded with Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys, Mick Jagger, The Bee Gees, Paul McCartney, Carley Simon, Bruce Springsteen and Pete Townsend and other chart topping legends.

The band dresses in full mod 1960’s costume and plays only authentic vintage 1960’s instrumentation and gear while they meticulously re produce the hits, b-sides and deep album cuts from only the very best songs of the 1960’s that sound just like the original albums. The show also involves narration and key archival 1960’s newsreel footage and sound bites that takes the audience back in time.

In My Life: John Lennon Tribute

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In My Life: The John Lennon Tribute, is performed on our stage exactly 36 years to the day that the great John Lennon sadly lost his life. An especially heartfelt tribute, it is led by Carlo Cantamessa as John, performing on guitar, piano and vocals.

Cantamessa is an internationally known and recognized performer of John Lennon’s music, having toured the world portraying John Lennon with The Cast of Beatlemania and various other Beatlemania-oriented touring shows for over thirty years. Cantamessa brings a lifetime of experience to the role, personally transforming into Lennon onstage every night.

The Beatles first caught his attention in 1964, and later he began portraying John Lennon onstage in 1978. Since then, promoters, agents and buyers around the world have encouraged Cantamessa to put together a John Lennon tribute show, now a reality. As one theater owner put it during his introduction of Carlo’s solo show, “For my money, this guy is the closest anyone can get to the legend. He will channel John Lennon before your eyes and ears”.

The rest of Cantamessa’s band includes Jim Filgate on lead guitar, piano, synthesizers and vocals. He is a legend, known as accomplished, versatile musician and music instructor who has taught in Connecticut area for over twenty years, well-known for his work with numerous musical acts, including his stellar performance as George Harrison in The Cast of Beatlemania.

John Delgado performs on drums, percussion and backing vocals, and has been an integral part of the Connecticut theater and music scene for over three decades. He has toured nationally and internationally, most notably performing with The Cast as Ringo Starr.

Cantamessa’s superb band is rounded out by Michael Filgate on bass guitar and vocals. Well-known for his work with Atlantic Records in the 1980’s, he has performed with several bands touring the Northeast and was responsible for many voice-overs for companies such as Pepsi, UPS, and American Can. He also owned and operated North Shore Recording Studios, working with many major label recording artists.

Cast of Beatlemania

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The Cast of Beatlemania recreates the sights and sounds of The Beatles so faithfully that you will recall when the world was engulfed in the most pleasant fever of all: BEATLEMANIA! Three different costume changes coincide with the evolution of Beatles music and times. Theirs is the first, original and only complete representation of the musical force called The Beatles.

The Cast features former members who starred in the Broadway production and have performed in all fifty states and over twenty foreign countries, including Canada, England, Mexico, Brazil and Japan. They were individually selected from thousands of musicians who auditioned from all over the U.S. for the Broadway show, “Beatlemania.”

The Beatles music set the pop rock standard for most of the 1960’s. Now, in the 2000’s, The Cast of Beatlemania recalls the memories of that exciting era when the Fab Four ruled the world of rock ‘n’ roll.

In the early 1960’s, The Beatles not only became a musical force but a sociological entity as well. Their hair, clothes and humor all contributed to their amazing impact. Probably the most celebrated of rock groups, The Beatles dominated rock music from the early 1960’s until they formally disbanded in 1970. Originally inspired by such U.S. performers as Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly, The Beatles recaptured most of the freshness and excitement of the earliest days of rock ‘n’ roll.

Even today, The Beatles remain universally popular in a music culture that thrives on look-alike and sound-alike bands. Through the exacting artistry and talent of bands like The Cast of Beatlemania, the music of the Beatles lives on.

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