Mid-Hudson Civic Center
Saturday, October 14
Back in the day, the Temptations and the Four Tops were rivals at Motown Records, and each did their utmost to create the bigger hits and the hottest stage shows. Today, albeit with some understudies taking on various vocal assignments, the groups are still making the most of essential songs from the Baby Boom soundtrack. As reported in the New York Times earlier this year, “Some of the members’ gold-lamé jackets (are) a few sizes larger than they were decades ago, but their voices are strong and their choreography taut and precise, with bits of stage business in every song and moves that some fans first saw on black-and-white TV.”
The Retrospective/Sunshine Superman 50th Anniversary Tour
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of his #1 hit “Sunshine Superman,” Donovan has U.S. tour that includes rare performances in Milwaukee, Davenport,IA, Aurora, IL, and Madison. The single “Sunshine Superman” rose to the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on September 3, 1966.
After a breakthrough and historic period of hit recordings, Donovan actively and consistently performed live, and today remains a towering icon of rock’s golden age. He played with and influenced generations of music’s greats while releasing a canon of music that changed the world.
Donovan met and traded songs with Bob Dylan during Dylan’s 1965 U.K. tour and, as an influence on the Beatles, was at Abbey Road Studios for the final recording session for “A Day in the Life,” the last song on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Then, while on a trip with the Beatles to see the Maharishi, he taught John, Paul and George to fingerpick, which gave us Blackbird, Julia and Dear Prudence among other songs on the White Album. For a time, his sidemen were John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page (with John Bonham occasionally coming by),
a pairing that would lead to great things, to say the least.
It was said at his 2012 Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame induction that, at age 16, “Donovan singlehandedly initiated the psychedelic revolution with (the album) Sunshine Superman.” The recording announced “flower power” for the first time. It has also been said that Donovan is “chiefly responsible for introducing meditation and Eastern philosophy into modern lifestyle and songwriting.” Now, 50 years after his historic debut there, he will return to Carnegie Hall in New York City, putting our musical history and the genesis of a vast music culture once again before our eyes.
There are dozens more, but his best loved songs include “Catch The Wind,” “Sunshine Superman,” “Season of the Witch,” “Lalena,” “Hurdy Gurdy Man,” “Atlantis,” “Wear Your Love Like Heaven,” “Epistle to Dippy,” “There Is A Mountain,” “Jennifer Juniper,” “Barabajagal,” “To Susan on the West Coast Waiting,” and “Happiness Runs.”
The Turtles, featuring Flo & Eddie
Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night
The Box Tops
Saturday, June 17
Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, better known as The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, will bring the latest version of their highly successful classic pop/rock tour to The Palace in Albany for an evening of music from the ‘60’s, ‘70’s and beyond, performed by some of the era’s most iconic acts. The show will take place on Saturday night, June 17, 2017. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 9th.
Kaylan and Volman have described themselves as two slightly bewildered kids thrust into the fast lane of rock ‘n’ roll stardom, recording hits, achieving fame, hanging out with the Beatles, joining the Mothers of Invention and acting in the 200 Motels movie, and today remain one of most enduring bands from the “Flower Power” period.
The 2017 version of The Happy Together Tour features a cavalcade of Top 40 hits by The Turtles (“Happy Together,” “Elenore”) Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night (“One Is The Loneliest Number,” “Eli’s Coming,”) The Association (“Never My Love,” “Windy,”) The Cowsills (“The Rain, The Park and Other Things,” “Hair,”) The Box Tops (“The Letter,” “Cry Like A Baby,”) and Ron Dante of the Archies (“Sugar, Sugar,” “Bang-Shang-A-Lang”). The Happy Together Tour has been attracting large crowds of happy fans since 2010.
Ives Concert Park
Sunday, June 25
Brian Setzer is a “Musician’s Musician” credited with continually taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles, while single-handedly resurrecting two forgotten genres of music (rockabilly in the ‘80’s and swing in the ’90’s). Along the way, he has scored chart-topping hits, sold 13 million records and received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award throughout his decorated career as founder/leader of the Stray Cats, his 19-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra, and as a solo artist. He is consistently cited as one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, and has a best-selling, extensive line of elite Gretsch signature model guitars bearing his name.
Setzer appeared in the 1987 film, La Bamba, portraying rockabilly pioneer Eddie Cochran. In 2002, he became one of the few musicians to be animated in an episode of “The Simpsons.” That same year, Setzer was chosen to induct Chet Atkins into the 17th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Setzer had the honor of being invited in 2006 to perform at the White House for the President of the United States. In 2014, he was asked by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. to donate a replica of his original 1959 Gretsch 6120 “Stray Cat” guitar, joining an elite collection of iconic treasures at the museum.
HOT SUMMER NIGHTS
Westchester County Center
White Plains, NY
Tuesday, June 27
TV’s hottest show is going back on tour across America this summer in Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Hot Summer Nights. Fans of the show have the opportunity to see the best ballroom dancers in the business perform live in their hometowns. This all-new production showcases every type of ballroom and modern dance seen on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars, including sizzling group numbers, steamy duets and over the top original pieces.
Celebrating 60 Years of Hits – His Way
Savannah Civic Center’s Johnny Mercer Theatre
Sunday, June 25
Anka has had a storied career, recording and touring the country since becoming famous during the late 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s with hit songs like “Diana,” “Lonely Boy,” “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” and “(You’re) Having My Baby.” He penned the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and one of Tom Jones’s biggest hits, “She’s a Lady,” as well as the English lyrics for Frank Sinatra’s signature song, “My Way.”
The Palace Theatre
Sunday, October 29
“Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science” (www.altonbrownlive.com), the follow-up to the smash “Edible Inevitable” tour, hits the road again. Fans can expect all-new everything including songs, multimedia presentations, talk-show antics, and bigger and better potentially dangerous food demonstrations.
Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. Critics and fans alike have raved about the interactive components of Brown’s shows. He promises “plenty of new therapy inducing opportunities during our audience participation segments. I don’t want to give too much away, but this time we’re going to play a little game while we’re at it. Plus, you’ll see things I’ve never been allowed to do on TV.” He’s also contemplating more sophisticated protective gear for folks in the first few rows…just in case things get messy…again.
LOVE ON THE FLOOR
The Palace Theatre
Sunday, November 12
Love on the Floor, a highly creative dance show in four acts, will feature Cheryl Burke, a two-time Dancing with the Stars Mirror Ball champion and Emmy-nominated choreographer. In addition, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the 2014 Olympic Gold Medal winning Ice Dance duo will star alongside Burke on the tour. “Dance is the most universal form of communication,” Burke says. “Love on the Floor reminds people that the language of love doesn’t necessarily need to be spoken.”