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Rustic Overtones

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 8:00 PM

“A unique sound steeped in both Earth, Wind and Fire-style funk and late-era Beatles psychedelia.” -Rolling Stone

“Rustic’s firepower-a skintight rhythm section, soulful keyboards, stinging guitars, funky horns and the potent, complex, and totally engrossing voice of frontman Dave Gutter” – Billboard Magazine

Rustic Overtones’ early works “Long Division” ,”My Dirt (ep)” and “Rooms By The Hour”, were released independently through Portland based Ripchord Records. In 1999 they were discovered by Kurt St. Thomas at Arista Records. A few years earlier Kurt had been program director at Boston’s WFNX, and was the first to world premiere Nirvana’s “Nevermind” on radio.

With the the changing of label president (Clive Davis) Arista soon became an unsuitable home for Rustic. St. Thomas and Rustic both moved to Tommy Boy and released the album “Viva Nueva”. The years to follow showed a music industry paradigm shift and Rustic soon returned to their roots with the aptly titled albums “Light At The End”, “A New Way Out” and “Let’s Start a Cult, pts1 and 2”. In 2014 they celebrated their 20 years as a band with the release of the 4-CD box set “The Mood Box”, an anthology of greatest hits, live tracks and rarities arranged by genre.

The current touring line-up is Dave Gutter (vocals and guitar), Jon Roods (bass), Dave Noyes (trombone, synth), Jason Ward (baritone sax, flute), Gary Gemmiti (drums), Michael Taylor (keys,percussion,vocals) and Kyle Hardy (tenor and alto sax). The band is best known for their energetic live shows and perceptual songwriting.

The Rustic Overtones have collaborated and recorded with David Bowie, Imogen Heap, Ray Lamontagne, Eric Krasno, Funkmaster Flex and Naughty by Nature, as songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, arrangers, and composers and have toured nationally as direct support for De La Soul, Steel Pulse, and Run DMC among others.

Lyricist and frontman Dave Gutter is also a prolific songwriter, having penned songs for Aaron Neville, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Eric Krasno, Res, Gramatik, Carlos Santana, and Eric Clapton.

 

Roomful of Blues

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 8:00 PM

“Swingin’ jump blues and R&B…high-voltage yet classy” –USA TODAY

For nearly half a century, Roomful of Blues has been delivering its signature blend of swing, rock ‘n’ roll, jump, blues and R&B to euphoric audiences all over the world. Blues Revue says, “Roomful of Blues is a sheer joy…contagious, finger-popping, head-bopping grooves…the horns blast loud and proud…explosive and electrifying.” The band has earned five Grammy Award nominations and a slew of other accolades, including seven Blues Music Awards. Twice, the prestigious DownBeat International Critics Poll has selected them as Best Blues Band.

With their masterful combination of jumping, horn-heavy blues and R&B, it’s no wonder why the great Count Basie called them “the hottest blues band I’ve ever heard.” Billboard simply says, “Roomful is so tight and so right.”

To commemorate and celebrate their 45th anniversary, the band hosted a three-day party in March of 2013 at one of their favorite haunts, The Ocean Mist, in Matunuck, Rhode Island. The band blew the doors off the packed club, playing to roaring ovations each night. Happily, the proceedings were recorded and the resulting album, 45 Live, is among Roomful of Blues’ crowning achievements. The album is a lightning-in-a-bottle blowout, showcasing the larger-than-life vocal and instrumental power of the band.

 

Michelle Currie

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Local favorite Michelle Currie is returning to the Vinegar Hill stage accompanied by Musical Director/Arranger Jim Rice and the Jim Rice Band, following her sold out “Simply Red” CD release concert last June.

This all new show features Broadway favorites, cabaret classics and original works with contemporary influences. Michelle’s powerful voice and personal interpretations coupled with eloquent arrangements by Jim Rice and the jazzy sounds of the Jim Rice Band make this a show to remember. Come be part of this eclectic and inspiring concert, which will be recorded live for Michelle’s next CD to be released later this year. Here’s what people are saying about Michelle:

“…Michelle is the true definition of an entertainer.”

“…what differentiates Michelle is not only her unique song selection, but her genuine ability to stay connected with her audience and trigger emotion with each passing note and story she shares.”

“This is not an ordinary voice – it’s a one-of a kind voice that competes with heavy hitters such as Streisand, Carpenter, Fitzgerald and Eder…”

“Armed with a powerful belt that would worry even “The Merm,” Currie is one performer to watch.”

 

Miss Richfield 1981

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Dedicating her life to the friendly citizens and responsible merchants of her hometown of Richfield Minnesota (“where butter is a spice and gravy is a beverage”), Miss Richfield 1981 is fast becoming one of America’s national treasures. This Midwestern maven is winning over theater audiences around the country with an interactive format that combines homespun warmth and edgy improv, leaving audiences in hysterics. In her all new show, Miss Richfield 1981 is “Born Again” finding new religion to bring our divided world together. With all new songs, videos, and unique audience activities, Miss R brings all faiths together in 2018. Atheists welcome!

Her live performances have received critical acclaim with The New York Post declaring Miss Richfield 1981 “the must-see act in Provincetown.” and Twincities.com noting “in these divided times, Miss R is tonic-and gin-for the soul”. In addition to selling out venues each year in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Atlanta, South Florida, and Minneapolis, Miss R continues to fill Pilgrim House in Provincetown, MA nightly each summer, and tours with Atlantis Events cruise ships and resorts.

Miss Richfield’s national appeal includes riotous appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “Today” on NBC, “Cake Boss” on TLC, and “Watch What Happens Live” on Bravo. Currently, she is part of the cast of “Talk Show The Game Show” on TruTV, and a television spokesperson for Orbitz. Additionally, she serves as a national brand ambassador for the city of Palm Springs.

What makes Miss Richfield unique is the combination of midwestern sensibilities with an off-the-page humor, stemming from her creator Russ King. A former journalist and Minnesota native, King created the character with a rich history that begins with her life-long goal of being crowned beauty queen of her first-ring suburb of Minneapolis.

Miss R has recently purchased a refurbished Apple IIe computer and entered the digital age. She invites you to join like her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter, and watch her on YouTube. And be sure to visit her at missrichfield.com where she keeps a calendar of events and shares words of wisdom, such as her favorite Bible verse: “It’s important to be nice, but it’s nicer to be important”.

 

Dean Ford & The Beautiful Ones - Prince Tribute

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Vinegar Hill Music Theatre for the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is proud to present PURPLE RAIN FOR ALZHEIMER’S AWARENESS featuring New England’s premier PRINCE tribute band THE BEAUTIFUL ONES. Dressed 2 the 9’s, Dean Ford embodies Prince with every fiber of his being, giving you a show as close as you will ever get to the real thing. Not only does the band cover the “Purple Rain” album in its entirety but included in their set are all the hits from his royal badness’ catalogue between the years 1978 and 2015. Very limited seated tickets are available first come first serve, so plan to bring your dancing shoes as we flashback to 1984 for a unique concert experience for a great cause. $10 of each ticket purchased will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

The Awesome - 80's Band

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 8:00 PM

As part of our “Weekend of Alzheimer’s Awareness”, we welcome THE ULTIMATE 80’s Cover Band, The AWESOME to our stage! Hailing from Portland, Maine…the Awesome are comprised of seasoned musicians with experience in several of Maine’s most popular bands. Now these talented performers have teamed up to form the ultimate party band….packing sold out crowds at premier nightclubs in the state, and beyond. Favorites like “Love is a Battlefield”, “Use Your Love”, “Africa”, “99 Red Balloons” and more will have you dancing the night away! $10 of every ticket will be donated to the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

The Subdudes

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 8:00 PM

“If the Subdudes’ music was a fruit, it would be a bunch of red grapes eaten out of season: robustly flavored, composed of taut clusters of sounds loosely arranged that left to mull a bit induce a mild intoxication. This is New Orleans R&B at its most swinging, with touches of barroom blues, gospel-inspired harmonies, rock and country rhythms and, very simply, some fine playing.” – Rolling Stone

Over the course of 25 years and ten albums, the Subdudes have quietly become one of America’s national music treasures. The New Orleans-formed group is a living encapsulation of American music, a vibrant cauldron of sounds that stirs together meaty grooves and jazzy dynamics, soulful R&B swagger, easy vocal harmonies, cheeky rock ‘n’ roll attitude and folky social consciousness — not to mention some of the sharpest musicianship and ensemble playing you’ll ever hear from any five musicians. Led by singer/guitarist Tommy Malone and accordionist, John Magnie, The Subdudes draw most of their inspiration from the sounds of their native New Orleans, blending blues, gospel, funk, and R&B with their own harmony vocals; their sound is also notable for the band’s substitution of a tambourine player, Steve Amedée, for a drummer. Tim Cook rounds out the band on bass.

 

Adam Ezra Group

Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Adam Ezra Group’s songwriting is making waves around the country. The co-write, “Let Your Hair Down” with producers Shep Goodman and Aaron Accetta, (American Authors), just received “Song of the Year” at the New England Music Awards. A songwriting partnership with the legendary John Oates is taking Ezra back and forth between Nashville and tour. The theme song, “Grow Your Own Way,” was central to Midwest insurance giant, Country Financial’s 2014/15 marketing campaign. In addition, Adam Ezra’s debut efforts in movie scoring have lead to an appearance at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and the release of Adam Ezra Group’s new album, aptly titled, Songs for a Movie. This 16 song marathon studio production is the culmination of three years of writing, planning, arranging, and recording for the independent film release, “Folk Hero & Funny Guy.” Much of the writing and recording occurred while on tour; in hotel rooms, hallways, green rooms, and while literally driving the American highways often referenced within the album. A tireless touring outfit, the Adam Ezra Group (AEG) played upwards of 200 shows in 2015, often devoting their time to local charities and always going out of their way to connect with fans. The Group is made up of lead singer, songwriter and guitarist, Adam Ezra, Alex Martin on drums, Turtle on percussion, Corinna Smith on fiddle, Francis Hickey on bass and Josh Gold on keys. Together they are creating a powerful, inclusive community around AEG shows that is beginning to be compared to a social-movement as much as a traditional music fan-base. It’s this dedication to fans that inspired the 2016 “Get Folked Concert Tour” in which Ezra ventured solo/acoustic to the homes of 30 fans in as many days and almost as many states to play house concerts throughout the entire month of January. Ezra started his own non-profit organization called RallySound in order to better support fans and activists dedicated to making the world a better place. The proceeds from the video for the latest single “Let Your Hair Down” are being donated toward micro-grants for cancer patients struggling to make ends meet while in treatment. The Adam Ezra Group hosts a free festival each year called The Ramble. Last year over 3,000 people came out, and another 2,000 people tuned in via livestreaming from around the country and they raised money to help build a handicap accessible home for a wounded veteran. Throughout the rest of 2016 The Adam Ezra Group will be on the road throughout The United States, playing music from Songs for a Movie, and working on their next studio release, slated to drop within the next year.

 

Deep Blue C Studio Orchestra

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The Deep Blue C Studio Orchestra is 17 pieces strong with strings, horns, several vocalists and more! After filling theaters with their Burt Bacharach Tribute Show, the DBCSO is now introducing their new show, The Composers and Their Songs From Bernstein to Lennon and McCartney!

The DBCSO is performing songs by composers including Paul Simon, Leonard Bernstein, Irving Berlin, Stevie Wonder, George Gershwin, John Williams, Lennon and McCartney and more!

 

Center for Grieving Children - Annual Midsummer Night’s Soiree Benefit Concert

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Annual Midsummer Night’s Soiree Benefit Concert, Featuring The Don Campbell Band An intimate evening benefitting the Center for Grieving Children. A beautiful evening of music, conversation, and community. 6-7pm: Social Hour and Hors D’Oeuvres 7pm: Program and Concert

The Center for Grieving Children, based in Portland, Maine, serves more than 4,000 grieving children, teens, families, and young adults annually through peer support, outreach, and education. Since its founding in 1987, the Center for Grieving Children has served more than 66,000 children, teens, and their families. Last year, the Center relied on volunteers who contributed 24,000 hours of support. Our community-oriented work place is staffed by 10-12 full- and part-time staff members, and regularly assisted by multiple volunteers and interns in different capacities. The Center is governed by a 25-member board of directors. Our Mission Offering our services for free, for as long as people need them, the Center’s mission is to provide loving support that encourages the safe expression of grief and loss and fosters each individual’s resilience and emotional well-being. The Center reaches individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds, and relies on financial contributions from individuals, businesses, foundations, United Way, and special events.

The Don Campbell Band Don Campbell is a highly-talented multi-instrumentalist performing and recording while playing acoustic guitar, piano, B3 Organ, bass, electric guitar, nylon string guitar, mandolin and harmonica. The consummate journeyman singer songwriter, he continues to perform in concert halls, clubs, outdoor concert venues, coffeehouses and listening rooms around the country. He has a unique and uncanny ability to sing comfortably in the tenor range of Vince Gill, Chris Isaak or Dan Fogelberg, but also the surprising ability to comfortably drop into the sub-bass vocal level range of country greats Josh Turner and Johnny Cash. Don Campbell’s music sits comfortably in the world of “American Crossover”. Sounds of the Eagles, John Cougar, Ryan Adams a little Bryan Adams, add a “dash” Dire Straits and or Brent Mason-like guitar tones, a “pinch” of Bruce Hornsby-like grooves the lyrical intimacies of Folk-Circuit /Americana spice and you’ve finally found Don Campbell.

 

Linda Eder

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Showcasing one of the greatest voices of our time, Linda Eder’s diverse repertoire spans Broadway, Standards, Pop, Country, and Jazz. She made her Broadway debut in the musical Jekyll & Hyde, originating the role of Lucy, for which she was nominated for the Drama Desk Award. Eder has performed in concert halls across the country including Carnegie Hall and Radio City Musical Hall. She has released 15 solo albums and continues to delight international audiences.

 

Jim Messina

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Few musical artists résumés list membership in a band inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; fewer still can lay claim to being a founding member of the seminal band credited with creating Country Rock; and only one artist can include all the above in addition to being one half of the most successful duo of the 1970s. Jim Messina has created a legacy with Buffalo Springfield, Poco and Loggins & Messina.

Do these songs strike a chord in your memory stick? “Your Mama Don’t Dance” “Thinking of You” “You Better Think Twice” “Listen to a Country Song” “Angry Eyes” “Watching the River Run”? They may, as they are all charted or hit singles. A supremely talented guitarist, Jim Messina began working with the legendary band Buffalo Springfield in 1966 as a recording engineer on their second album Buffalo Springfield Again. When Buffalo Springfield disbanded, Messina signed a contract with Epic Records as a producer and a recording artist and, along with fellow Buffalo Springfield member Richie Furay, joined forces to form Poco. The band’s aptly titled 1969 debut Pickin’ Up The Pieces is the only debut album ever to receive a perfect rating from Rolling Stone magazine; the landmark album laid the blueprint for the then new musical genre uniting country with rock music and it blazed the pathway for future multi-million selling artists like the Eagles. On the band’s, self-titled second album, Poco, Messina both produced and penned the band’s first hit single “You Better Think Twice” which has endured as one of the group’s signature songs. After producing three albums for the band, Messina departed and signed on as an independent producer with Columbia Records.

In November of 1970, Messina recorded a number of compositions for a promising young songwriter named Kenny Loggins. Their collaboration ultimately gave birth to Loggins & Messina, yielding 16 million albums sold and making them one of rock’s biggest live draws, cementing their legacy as one of the most successful recording duos ever. Messina reunited with both Poco and Loggins for brief stints from 1989 – 2005, then moved on to launch a rich solo career featuring Latin-tinged music highlighted by Flamenco guitar and sounds of Spain and Cuba. . Now, nearly 50 years after first stepping into the studio with Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Richie Furay, to engineer Buffalo Springfield Again, Jim Messina is hitting the road with guitar in hand to tell the stories and sing the songs that made Buffalo Springfield, Poco, and Loggins & Messina, iconic American groups.

 

Paula Cole

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 8:00 PM

“ An extraordinary songwriter with a gorgeous voice” – Rolling Stone “… a feisty poet with a soaring voice and a funky groove.” – Entertainment Weekly “Paula is an original voice both in what she is saying and how she is saying it.” – Peter Gabriel.

Grammy winner and 7 time Grammy nominee Paula Cole has released nine solo albums spanning an eighteen-year career. Hit songs “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” and “I Don’t Want to Wait” continue to play on radio stations today. On her recently released album, Raven, Paula returns to her Harbinger-styled, storytelling roots. Her songs “Life Goes On” and “Eloise” tell the tales of family, heartache, love; “Sorrow-on-the-Hudson” paints the image of the river as Self; mighty, yet lonely. The anthemic “Strong Beautiful Woman” is Cole’s mantra for mothers, partners and daughters. Fear and the danger of losing one’s voice in “Scream” resolves in finding her voice through the cathartic writing and singing, not unlike Cole’s personal journey. Longing, sex, fantasy and feminism are all themes evoked in Raven.

Paula has sold approximately three million albums and has performed with icons in many genres of music from Peter Gabriel to Dolly Parton. Cole’s emotionally deep and thrilling performances are a trademark. Poetic and fiercely touching, intelligent writing makes Cole stand apart. Her compositions have been covered by Herbie Hancock, Annie Lennox, Katherine McPhee, to name a few. From her top ten hits of the 1990’s to her more recent critically acclaimed albums, Paula Cole continues to write, produce, record and perform heartfelt, meaningful, lasting music that defies categorization.

Further information is available at http://www.paulacole.com.

 

The Stray Cat Lee Rocker

Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Grammy-nominated musician and Bass Player Hall of Famer

Lee Rocker and the Stray Cats sold more than 10 million records, garnered an astounding 23 gold and platinum records worldwide, and were music video pioneers of the MTV. The Stray Cat’s worldwide mega hits “Stray Cat Strut”, “Sexy and Seventeen” and “Rock this Town” have become a part of the fabric of rock and roll. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has included “Rock this Town” as one of the 500 most important songs in rock.

From the cover of the Rolling Stone magazine, to appearing on Saturday Night Live, to headlining the US Festival and touring with the Rolling Stones, Lee Rocker has seen and done it all. In addition to the Stray Cats and the Rolling Stones, Rocker has toured and performed with George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, and John Fogerty. In 1982 Rocker and his father Stanley Drucker, (classical clarinetist) both received Grammy nominations; this was something that has only occurred twice in the history of the Grammy Awards. In 2012 Lee appeared on Broadway in the hit musical “Million Dollar Quartet” and in 2014 he was inducted into the Bass Player Hall of Fame. Rocker has received numerous honors for his contributions to music and the arts, including being inducted to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, the Long Island Music Hall of Fame and he is a recipient of the Visionary Artist Award by the City of Laguna Beach California. In his concert performances, Lee Rocker rocks every town and leaves every audience on their feet and cheering.

Lee Rocker has been consistently touring, recording and performing around the globe since 1980 and has cultivated a fanatically loyal following of rockers, rebels and all types of music lovers. He is known for making his upright double bass appear as if it were a lightweight instrument as he spins, throws it in the air, catches and plays it on stages throughout the world. His concert show is a time for him to tell stories about his days on the road and in the music business for the last 35 years – including sharing stories about his adventures lugging the giant piece of equipment around.

 

R-Rated Hypnotist Frank Santos, Jr.

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Be amazed when you, your friends or strangers across the room become stars of the show, as Hypnotist/Comedian Frank Santos Jr. make them believe that they are singers, dancers and much, much more. This is a performance where the audience becomes the show. His performance has limitless variations and can please every appetite. This is a hilarious, energetic and unique show that you will never forget!

 

The Belmonts

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The Belmonts were friends from the area around Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, attending Roosevelt High School and hanging out together. They began singing together and named themselves after Belmont Avenue in the Bronx.

They recorded for the Mohawk label in 1957, making their debut with the song, “Teenage Clementine”. Dion, who lived in the neighborhood, joined the group for the next recording, “We Went Away”. The group moved to Laurie Records and cut their label debut, “I Wonder Why”, which made it to the top of the charts, followed to the top by a pair of hits, “No One Knows” and “Don’t Pity Me”. “A Teenager in Love”, “Where or When” and “When You Wish Upon a Star” elevated The Belmonts with Dion to a major worldwide act. Their vocal talent as a singing group was displayed prominently on all the recordings with their collective musical tastes ranging from rock ’n roll to jazz, to country, to pop and blues, voted Best Vocal Group of 1959 by Downbeat Magazine.

In 1960, Dion and The Belmonts parted ways. The group remained with Laurie Records for one single, “We Belong Together”, and then formed their own label—originally named Surprise, then Sabrina, and finally christened Sabina Records. The label became active (as Surprise) in March of 1961 with The Belmonts recording of “Tell Me Why” which rose to the top of the national charts. The follow-up record late that summer, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”, and the next release, “I Need Someone”, also became chart hits for The Belmonts. The group’s next hit records were Sabrina singles, “C’mon Little Angel”, written by Ernie Maresca, and “Diddle Dee Dum”. In 1963 Warren Gradus, a studio musician/songwriter, joined original members Freddie Milano and Angelo D‘Aleo and the group next charted in the early ‘70s amid the oldies boom. They cut an album for Buddah Records entitled Cigars Acappela Candy, on which they performed several classic oldies tracks and also applied their sound to contemporary hits like “My Sweet Lord” and “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)”. The album was hailed by Billboard magazine as “the best acappela album ever recorded”. In 1972, The Belmonts reunited with Dion for a performance at New York’s Madison Square Garden, which was not only a sell-out event but was also recorded for posterity in the album entitled Dion and The Belmonts Reunion Live at Madison Square Garden which was released on Warner Bros. Records hitting the national charts in that summer.

In 1974, Dan Elliott joined the group as lead singer. Elliott had previously performed throughout the United States and toured the Orient with The Glen Miller Orchestra. The group continued recording with the release of the Cheek to Cheek album, and in 1981 produced the hit single, on Mia Sound Records entitled “Let’s Put the Fun Back in Rock N Roll” on which they were teamed with Freddy Cannon of Palisades Park fame.

The Belmonts recent hit Christmas recording, “The Bell That Couldn’t Jingle”, written by Burt Bacharach, and the new CD entitled The Belmonts Anthology Vol. I , which includes the single “A Hundred Pounds of Clay” have been released on the Downtown Music Group label.

 

O Sole Trio

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Bravissimo Broadway

O Sole Trio’s show, Bravissimo Broadway, combines classic show tunes from the most beloved Broadway musicals, with their own breathtaking and unique arrangements.

The performance includes highlights from shows such as Les Misérables, West Side Story, and Phantom of the Opera, mixed with outstanding original arrangements, such as the hauntingly beautiful Edelweiss from The Sound of Music, in three-part harmony, and a gorgeous ‘mash-up’ of Ghost: the Musical’s ‘With You’ with Ghost: the Movie’s ‘Unchained Melody’.

The show will take you on a thrilling 70+ year adventure of the best songs and behind-the-scene stories Broadway musicals have to offer.

 

The Gatlin Brothers - An Intimate Evening of Music & Stories

Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Over 50 years ago, Larry, Steve, and Rudy Gatlin started singing in their little hometown of Abilene, Texas, and from there went on to make music history. Over the course of a four-decade career that has taken the Gatlin Brothers from dusty Texas stages to White House performances, from Broadway to Grammy Awards to the top of the country charts, there has been one unifying element, music. There’s no harmony quite as pure as family harmony. “Gatlin harmonies spin with high and light precision and their music bleeds and screams of love and a lot of living” said Country Capsule in New York.

Larry, Steve, and Rudy love to sing together. Raised on Gospel music, the brothers first began entertaining audiences in churches and then with guest appearances on the Slim Willet radio and TV shows in Abilene, Texas when they were 2, 4, and 6 years old. Larry says that their history as “gospel music junkies” came from those early roots. The early 70’s found Steve and Rudy in college while Larry, aided by West, moved to Nashville to write songs that would be recorded by names like Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Barbara Streisand, Tom Jones, and yes, Elvis Presley.

In 1972, Larry landed a solo deal with Monument Records through friend Kris Kristofferson and invited his siblings up to Nashville to sing backup on his first two albums-1974’s The Pilgrim and 1975’s Rain Rainbow. The release of The Pilgrim landed Gatlin his first hit with “Sweet Becky Walker,” and then found himself at #1 on the charts the next year with “Broken Lady,” a song that captured him a Grammy in 76’. The same year all three brothers were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. 1977’s High Time, credited to “Larry Gatlin with Brothers and Friends,” featured the No.1 hit “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love.” The success of this album encouraged the brothers to become an official trio and in 1979, they signed a group deal with Columbia records. Throughout the 70’s and 80’s, the Gatlin Brothers lit up major marquees and packed concert halls across America. After a brief hiatus from touring, they are calling ‘The Gatlin Brothers Never Ending Reunion Tour.”

 

Slambovian Circus of Dreams

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Formed in Sleepy Hollow, New York over a decade ago, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams (AKA The Grand Slambovians) pioneered the alt-folk/americana genre, staying on the fringes of the music industry and under the radar while producing several critically acclaimed studio albums. ‘A Box of Everything’ the band’s most recent release is a compilation of the ‘Greatest Hits’ you’ve never heard from this reclusive band. Their melodic avant-folk conjures a quirkier Tom Petty or fuller Buffalo Tom with an exotic instrumental arsenal. If you like Dylan, Bowie, The Decemberists, you’ll find a lot to love about this band which features an otherworldly slide mandolin, accordion, cello and styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems.

Headlining major music festivals and venues across the US, Canada and UK, they built their career from the ground up with a loyal fan base supporting them all the way. Fronted by songwriter Joziah Longo (vocals/guitar/harmonica) whose voice is “Soothing and bewitching as a snake oil tonic” says The Big Issue, UK and goes on to say “the entire root system of Rock Family Trees is embedded in his voice”. The band features guitarist/mandolin player Sharkey McEwen (think lovechild of David Gilmour and Duane Allman); multi-instrumentalist Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, uke, theremin, melodica); and Eric Puente (Percussion).

 

Keys to the City - Dueling Pianos

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 8:00 PM

KEYS TO THE CITY is a fantastic dueling piano show like no other. Seth Holbrook and Jim Ciampi have created a sensational offering that will have you singing, laughing and dancing in the aisles.

Unless you’ve been to Vegas or perhaps enjoyed the nightlife of a large metropolitan city, there’s a good chance you’ve never had a dueling experience.

Well, we are bringing it to you with big city flavor only, on a whole new level! We deliver a theatrical comedic performance with an interactive element that involves everyone…and some more than others! We’ll be playing for and with everyone all night enticing them to let their hair down and throw their inhibitions out the window.

From Sinatra to Bruno and Billy Joel to Elton you’ll hear all your favorites as we journey through the great hits of the last 8 decades.

 

Ronan Tynan

Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Vinegar Hill is thrilled to welcome back Ronan Tynan, an acclaimed Irish Tenor, largely known for his versatile repertoire. He sang with the Irish Tenors for several years, then started his solo career. Dr. Tynan has performed for four U.S. Presidents including President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush, as single soloist at the Funeral of President Ronald Reagan, and for President Clinton. As well, Dr. Tynan has sung for two Popes, Pope JohnPaul II at St. Peter’s Basilica and Pope Benedict at the Concert of Hope. He is also known for performing “God Bless America”.

 

Legends of Boston

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Prepare for an incredible evening of music and instrumental greatness with Legends of Boston, Johnny A., Magic Dick and Shun Ng. Each of the three performers will shine in this unique performance. Playing separately and together, music lovers will delight in the sheer musical talent on stage this evening.

For nearly 20 years Johnny A. has travelled the world effortlessly gliding through, bending and blending, musical genres to deliver his own unique style of instrumental guitar music. To quote the London Free Press (Johnny A. is…) “a musician who resists easy categorization and that’s always cool by us.” Never content with complacency, and always up for a challenge, Johnny again takes an adventurous musical left turn to present his distinct, instrumental guitar approach for the very first time in a completely “solo” intimate atmosphere. With strong emphasis on melody and arrangements from the British songbook of the 60s, he will be bringing his fluid guitar style to select venues all across the United States for 2018. The evening promises to be a very special “living room experience” with some of Johnny’s favorite songs and stories all of which have molded him into the musician and person he is today. It’s no wonder that Gibson and Epiphone guitars have honored him with not one but three signature model guitars designed to his specifications. Don’t miss this rare and unique opportunity to see Grammy Nominated, Boston Music Hall of Fame Inductee and one of America’s finest instrumental guitarists, Johnny A., up close and personal.

Magic Dick, the legendary harmonica player for Boston’s legendary J. Geils Band has recently partnered up with guitar and vocal sensation, Shun Ng, to create one of the most dynamic musical acts to come out of Boston in a long time. The music is soulful blues, rockin’ yet thoughtful and performed by arguably two of the top musicians at their respective instruments. Since 1969, Magic Dick has toured the world playing and blowing away clubs and stadiums with the J. Geils Band.

Shun Ng was born in Chicago, raised in Singapore now based out of Boston. At 24 years old, he is already an international star, a soulful, world-class guitarist, vocalist, and electric performer who in a short period of time, has caught the attention of the top players in the music world including Quincy Jones who said: “When you see Shun Ng, you won’t believe your eyes nor your ears – he belies all stereotypes, all premonitions. I was simply blown away by both his soul and his science – his creativity and his uniqueness is astounding.”

 

My Sinatra with Cary Hoffman

Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 8:00 PM

CARY HOFFMAN (Playwright/Actor) is finally achieving his dream with his autobiographical one-man memoir musical, My Sinatra, about his Sinatra obsession. Ironically, the story is eerily similar to Ray Romano’s “Men of a Certain Age”, on TNT, of which Hoffman is an Executive Producer; the premise tracks the changing lifestyles and dreams of three 50+ men.

Hoffman has performed the music of Frank Sinatra for the past eight years in over 55 Performing Arts Centers around the World, including a performance for the President of Singapore. He is New York’s premiere Sinatra interpreter. His compelling blend of vocal performance and stories led to a National PBS television special, produced by Albert Tapper, which has aired in over 70 cities around the country and was viewed by more than 2 million people.

Before returning to the stage to sing the great songs of Frank Sinatra, Hoffman was a very successful songwriter/producer, co-writing a hit Off-Broadway musical “What’s A Nice Country Like You, Doing in a State Like This” with Ira Gasman, co-wrote two top 20 country hits and some of the country’s most well known jingles.

As a personal manager, Hoffman discovered the R&B crooner Luther Vandross and the comedy actor Zach Galifianakis. He also manages A-list stand-up comedians such as Lynne Koplitz, co-star with Joan Rivers on We’s hit reality show “Joan and Melissa: Mother Knows Best”, and TV Writers such as Tom Hertz, creator of CBS’s “Rules of Engagement” and Mike Royce, creator and executive producer of TNT’s “Men of a Certain Age”. Hoffman, and his former wife Suzanne, opened Stand-UP NY Comedy Club – a landmark club on the Upper West Side – and ran it for the past 21 years.

 

Annie Royer, French Cabaret Jazz

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The French have a word for this wonderful, professional Cabaret Jazz singer and performer. Extraordinaire!

Annie Royer, a native of Paris (France), settled in Boston, Massachusetts, for ten years, and is now resident of Palm Beach, Florida. She has been captivating audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with her musical and dramatic talents and her Gallic charm. Her repertoire ranges from her specialty – soulful and haunting renditions of cabaret songs à la Edith Piaf – to other popular French tunes (Chevalier, Montand, Trenet, Mistinguett, Becaud, Aznavour), and lively performances of Broadway and Jazz favorites. Invariably, listeners of all ages respond with enthusiasm to her invitation for “request songs” in French and English.

Annie Royer’s charismatic style is suited to and engages both, small and large audiences. She is a sought-after entertainer at Jazz Clubs, Concert Stages in Vegas, Miami, DC, New Orleans, and Music Jazz Festivals from Canada to Florida. To name a few Jazz clubs in the Boston area: Scullers, Regattabar, and Ryles. The MFA Boston had invited her for Bastille Day where she performed a sold out, amazing concert to 400 guests. Annie has 2 recorded solo albums, 10 compilations and she is signed with HighNote Records.

Annie is performing all over the United States as well as in many other countries. Her band “Les Garçons Musettes,” all very talented and well known musicians, backs her. Annie performed the show “EDITH PIAF FOREVER” all over the country with grand success. Annie has been singing Edith Piaf for a long time and this show is all about Edith Piaf, her life, her music, her passion, after the tremendous success of “La Mome ” in France and the Oscar winner (best Actress for Marion Cotillard) for “La Vie en Rose”. La Vie en Rose is and will stay forever in our heart. This show brings with it a lot of emotion, drama and professionalism…

 

NPR's Funniest Storyteller - JAMES JUDD from Snap Judgment

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Comedian, Author and Radio Personality from NPR’s Snap Judgment, James Judd is a former member of The Groundlings in Los Angeles and the New Faces at the Hollywood Improv. As a comedian & comedy writer, James worked on many projects, including a critically acclaimed solo show and TV appearances on Star Search & Evening at the Improv. He is the winner of the “2015 Snap Judgment Comedic Performance Of The Year” Award”. James worked the stand-up circuit until age 30, when he decided to go to law school to become a criminal defense attorney. (He’s still licensed in New Hampshire.) An epiphany as an underprepared law student making his debut in criminal court-detailed in his story The Defense Rests-propelled him back to comedy, where he opted for autobiographic storytelling, instead of stand-up, for a more theatrical and satisfying experience for both himself and his audience. He was born in New Jersey, lived in Manhattan for many years and has recently relocated to Miami, Florida.

James’ Book: Now I Know is a collection of autobiographic, short stories developed for Snap Judgment. Often compared to David Sedaris and Oscar Wilde, Judd connects with audiences as he shares stories classified as “spectacular public embarrassments and utter failures.” However humiliating, they affirm that part of being human is telling the stories that have happened to us, emphasizing that even in the face of failure, it’s getting up and moving forward that matters. Join us for an evening of hilarious, dramatic and true stories.

“RELAX”, Judd said to the audience. “You’re in the HANDS of a MASTER.” You can take him at his word. – The Washington Post

“Like David Sedaris on a pot of coffee.” – Democrat and Chronicle

“He’s one of the five funniest people on the planet,” Glynn Washington, host of NPR’s Snap Judgment

The Washington Post says, “Judd’s conversation style is loud, lightning fast and nonstop. One of Judd’s biggest assets is his delivery, which rarely feels rehearsed, as if he’s simply recounting these absorbing personal anecdotes over dinner. And his talents extend to physical humor, whether he’s imitating a shark or mimicking an oafish boat captain.”

 

Livingston Taylor

Friday, August 10, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Born in Boston MA, Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of 13, beginning a 40-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting and teaching. On January 18, 2017, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declared the day to be Livingston Taylor Day in Boston. He was recognized for his 50-year music career, as well as being a long-time professor at Berklee College of Music.

 

The Doo Wop Project

Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Featuring current and former stars of Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, and their hot band, The Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate — and in some cases entirely reimagine — some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history.

Enjoy a night filled with harmonies and classic ‘60s hits such as Dion and the Belmonts’ “I Wonder Why”, Thurston Harris’ “Little Bitty Pretty One”, The Del-Vikings “Come and Go With Me”, The Capris’ “Morse Code of Love”, and many more. The show also includes doo-wop-inspired renditions of contemporary songs such as Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie”, Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel”, and Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours”.

The level of talent, artistry and ability to entertain is off the charts with this show. It’s an evening of pure energy and magic, where you’ll be lifted from your seat with excitement by the power and charisma of these gifted young performers.

 

Jason Spooner & Friends

Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 6:30 PM

New England’s own Jason Spooner Band (Jason Spooner – guitar, vocals and harmonica, Adam Frederick – Bass & vocals, Warren McPherson – Keyboards & vocals and Dan Boyden – Drums & Percussion) is in the midst of one of the band’s most exciting musical growth spurts to date. The quartet stands out with an interesting signature sound that appeals to a wide range of audiences…. seamlessly blending a variety of musical influences into a cohesive, energetic and listenable experience. Roots Rock, Americana, blues, folk and groove-oriented jazz with undercurrents of reggae and soul are all accounted for here and supported by audibly strong musicianship, interesting arrangements and well-crafted, intelligent songwriting.

“I think our individual musical tastes and backgrounds make this band appear like a bit of a science experiment on paper” says Spooner with a laugh. “We certainly never got together to blueprint out the specific kind of band we aimed to be like perhaps a bluegrass, reggae or a jam band would. Our influences just seemed to seep into the mix organically, and things got more interesting as we added new members. I think this diversity has been an asset in the end and it’s made us welcome at a huge variety of venues and festivals… we’re as welcome at a jam band festival as we are at a folk festival, a Triple A pop radio event or even a big blues show.”

The recipe has certainly served the band well… over the last decade and a half this dynamic band has performed with acts as varied as B.B. King, John Mayer, Jackson Browne, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Ray LaMontagne, Susan Tedeschi, Brett Dennen, Jackie Greene, G. Love, Guster, Blues Traveler, Peter Rowan and Sara Bareilles. The band has performed at Targhee Fest in Jackson Hole, WY – The Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, CT – FloydFest in Floyd, Va – The Festival at Sandpoint – Sandpoint, ID – The Naukabout Festival on Cape Cod, the River City Roots Festival in Missoula, MT – The Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, CO and have been perennial favorites at The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT.

In addition to glowing recent press in Guitar World Magazine, No Depression, High Times Magazine, Wood & Steel Magazine and USA Today, the band was recently named one of Relix Magazine’s coveted “On The Verge – Bands you should know.” They won “Best Pop Act” in the 2017 Portland Phoenix Music Awards as well as the 2016 “Best Live Act” at The New England Music Awards.

No Depression Magazine calls their latest album “soulful and infectious… fusing a musical mixture of roots, country, jam, soul and island sounds into thirteen new tunes.”

The Portland Press Herald says “Spooner continues to be a consummate songwriter, weaving stories about sometimes simple, sometimes wildly complex human interaction and strife. His vision and sheer talent have resulted in another substantial album that is getting airplay at several radio stations around the country.”

The band recently acquired a recording space and studio in Portland, Maine as has been busily working on songs for a new album which they will be road testing on an upcoming tour of the Northwest with appearances in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

 

Jonathan Richardson

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Singer, piano player, song writer, and entertainer Jonathan Joseph Richardson (JJR) has become a local favorite in piano bars across New England. After earning his Master’s from Boston’s New England Conservatory, he won two coveted jobs as a featured performer at Provincetown’s Tin Pan Alley and in Ogunquit’s legendary piano bar, The Front Porch. For his debut performance at Vinegar Hill, Jonathan has assembled some of his most talented and versatile musical friends for an evening of songs you are sure to love— packed with plenty of lush vocal harmonies.

The first half will feature some of Jonathan’s favorite tunes from the 60s and 70s, and today— songs by Elton John, the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Carol King, and Beyonce. The second half of his performance will feature cabaret standards and Broadway favorites. Joining Jonathan will be Jonathan Hart Ortloff on piano, singer Sumana Shankar, guitar player Sam Talmadge, and the musical stylings of the Hiser brothers: bassist Kane Hiser and pianist/singer/violinist Jacob Hiser.

In addition to performing iconic songs together, this group will also be performing some of Jonathan’s original songs from his debut album, Tonic, along with a concert hall premier of his trending single, “Beyond the Stars.”

 

The Quebe Sisters

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 8:00 PM

When the Quebe Sisters from Texas take a stage, and the triple-threat fiddle champions start playing and singing in multi-part close harmony, audiences are usually transfixed, then blown away. It’s partly because the trio’s vocal and instrumental performances are authentic all-Americana, all the time, respectful of the artists that inspired them the most. And whether the Quebes (rhymes with “maybe”) are decked out in denims and boots or fashionably dressed to the nines in makeup, skirts and heels, the fresh-faced, clean-cut sisters, all in their 20s, look as good as they sound.

Not surprisingly, the Quebe Sisters win standing ovations at just about every show. It’s been that way since 2000, when they started fiddling together as pre-teens. The sisters’ past is as colorful and eventful as their future is bright. Growing up in Burleson, a southern suburb of Fort Worth, Hulda, Sophia and Grace were ages 7, 10 and 12 in 1998 when they attended their first local fiddle competition in nearby Denton, and decided fiddling was what they wanted to do.

The girls earned solo and group accolades early on, winning state and national championships in their respective age groups in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002. The Quebes’ evolution from the whiz-kid Western swing fiddlers they were back then to the smokin’-hot young adult Americana band they are today is a remarkable story, by any measure. Along with headlining their own shows to ever-growing audiences, they’ve shared stages with American music legends like Willie Nelson, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Ray Price, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Ray Benson, Asleep at the Wheel, Riders in the Sky and many others.

Today, after more than a decade of travelling the U.S. and the world, and recording three acclaimed albums, Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe are pros in a variety of genres, and count many famous musicians among their biggest boosters. The Quebes’ unbridled passion for American music, along with their talent, skills and a lot of hard work, has taken them far beyond their wildest early aspirations. “One thing is for sure, you don’t see a group like the Quebe Sisters come along every day,” famed Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs told listeners on his own show on Nashville’s WSM. “Give them your undivided attention, and if you’re not already, you too, will become a fan.”

 

Mike Super - Magician Extraordinaire!

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 7:00 PM

As the winner of NBC’s hit TV show ‘Phenomenon’, Mike is the only magician in history to win a LIVE magic competition on primetime US network television and voted America’s Favorite Mystifier! Through spectacular illusions and his own inimitable down-to-earth style and personality, Mike Super has pioneered a new form of magic that transcends the “trick”. With captivating performances for more than 6 weeks airing on ‘America’s Got Talent’ as a top finalist and Season Premier Episode of Penn & Teller’s ‘FOOL US’ – Mike has emerged as magic’s newest celebrity, with a legion of fans numbering in the millions.

Mike’s ever-growing popularity has garnered him many prestigious awards and honors. Most recently he was the recipient of the Merlin Award being named Entertainer of the Year for two consecutive years. The Merlin Award is considered to be the Oscars of Magic, Mike shares this award with the likes of David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, Criss Angel & Siegfried and Roy. Mike’s other honors include being named Performing Arts – Entertainer of the Year, Best Performing Artist of the Year, Best Male Performer and Best Novelty Live Performer. His many television appearances include being named the winner of NBC’s television show Phenomenon, numerous appearances on the French television show LA SOIREE DE L’ETRANGE, one of the presenters and artists to appear at the Pollstar awards held at the prestigious Nokia Theater and recently appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Despite all this, Mike humbly insists, it is the loyalty of his fan base that has been the most rewarding. His fans call themselves “The Superfreaks” and they number in the millions.

Join the journey of emotions from laughter, intrigue, danger, fear, wonder, anticipation, tears and sentimentality that only Mike Super delivers. His appeal to both young and old has made him one of the most sought after Mystifiers in the world!

 

Ann Hampton Callaway

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Ann Hampton Callaway is a special artist. Rarely do you see an artist so diverse in their talents. She received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical in Swing! and a Theatre World Award for “Outstanding Broadway Debut.”

Considered one of the best jazz singers of our time Stephen Holden of The New York Times said, “For sheer vocal beauty, no contemporary singer matches Ms. Callaway.” and Musical Theatre Review recently said “Great is one of the most over-used words in the dictionary but just as Ella Fitzgerald was the greatest jazz singer of her era, so too is the magnificent Ann Hampton Callaway of hers.”

Also an accomplished writer Ann has written seven songs for recent Barbara Streisand records and her “Streisand Songbook” show is a hit with PAC’s, festivals and symphonies. The Streisand Songbook won two Broadwayworld.com Awards and the MAC Show of the Year Award. Ann went on to perform over 100 symphony dates of the show.

Ann has had nine records on the Billboard Jazz Charts. Her latest recording and show is entitled “Jazz Goes To The Movies” and it salutes songs made famous in films. This show, explores the fascinating ways jazz and film have come together to tell stories. The playlist includes “Taking a Chance on Love” from Vernon Duke’s Cabin in the Sky, “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” from Irving Berlin’s Follow the Fleet, “This Time the Dream’s on Me,” from Harold Arlen’s Blues in the Night, and “As Time Goes By,” the Herman Hupfeld classic from Casablanca.

Callaway also performs jazz songs she has recorded for films, including “Come Rain or Come Shine” from The Good Shepherd, starring Robert DeNiro, “The Nearness of You” from Last Holiday starring Queen Latifah, and “Pourquoi,” a song she wrote for the new film Blind, starring Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore. This show is a celebration of the golden age of songwriters from the 30’s & 40’s who wrote love songs for the silver screen that gave people dreams when they needed them most. A perfect way to celebrate dreams and a sense of hope, when we need them more than ever.

 

The Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio

Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio features Juanito Pascual on guitar, Brad Barrett on bass, and Jose Moreno on percussion. Pascual is an internationally recognized guitarist and “flamenco phenom” (The Boston Globe). His sound is a truly organic blend of masterful traditional and contemporary flamenco with influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead to Miles Davis and J.S. Bach. Juanito brings together global audiences through his mesmerizing virtuosity, original composition style, dedication to music as a global communicator, and passion for collaboration. Energized by the desire to share the beauty and soul-stirring power of flamenco, with its ancient roots yet vibrant and evolving tradition, Juanito’s performances, recordings, and workshops reverberate with infectious charisma.

Recent highlights include a performance as part of 2017’s Django A Gogo Festival, an international tour with acclaimed Flamenco icon Jorge Pardo, and performances for film scores in his new home of Los Angeles. Receiving praise for the Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio album (2014), All About Jazz noted “Pascual manages to uphold and extend the traditions of flamenco music, creating something distinctive in the process,” a sentiment cherished by Pascual, a dedicated 21st-century musician. Juanito Pascual is a Boston favorite who has been called “one of the hottest flamenco guitarists in recent years” by National Public Radio. Now, a graduate of New England Conservatory, he regularly tours the U.S., Europe and has released three highly regarded CDs.

 

The Second City: Made in America (Some Assembly Required)

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 8:00 PM

A certified American comedy institution since 1959, The Second City’s laughs are 100% USA-made in this latest take on our great, big dysfunctional nation! The lauded company is sending satire down the conveyor belt and celebrating what makes us all tick in a hilarious revue that will leave you breathlessly ready to face the future…and all its loose screws.

Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny?,? The Second City is celebrating nearly sixty years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest.

 

Piano Men

Friday, August 24, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Elton John and Billy Joel have combined to sell over 350 Million records worldwide. For four decades they have been a large part of the musical landscape, topping the album charts and playing to sold out audiences while continuing to receive heavy airplay on classic rock radio. Since 1994 these two legendary performers have regularly been joining forces selling out their worldwide Face-to-Face tours.

“Piano Men – The Music of Elton and Billy” is a tribute to the amazing songs of Billy Joel and Elton John. This concert combines a four piece pop group featuring Joe Boucher on piano and vocals playing with a full symphony orchestra with arrangements by Christopher Eastburn. Rarely have these songs ever been heard performed live in this way as Elton and Billy themselves have only on a few occasions performed with orchestras.

The music of “Piano Men” concentrates heavily on the recordings by Elton and Billy during their 70’s heyday when their many hit albums featured lush orchestrations. The concert opens with Billy Joel’s thrilling “Prelude / Angry Young Man” and works it’s way through a veritable hit parade alternating songs between the two composers.

Songs in the first set include, “Your Song”, “My Life”, “Tiny Dancer”, “Allentown”, “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word”, “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)”, and “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant”. If a local female singer known to the community is available, the Elton John / Kiki Dee duet “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” is available as an optional programming piece.

Act Two continues with “The Ballad of Billy The Kid”, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, “Pressure”, “Rocket Man”, “New York State of Mind”, “Levon”, “Only The Good Die Young”, and “Crocodile Rock”.

The Encore is Elton John’s poignant “Candle In The Wind” followed by the anthem of the evening, Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” which the audience joins and sings on their way home.

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