Ives Concert Park
Friday, August 4
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 Ives Concert Park in Danbury for an evening of music from the ‘60’s, ‘70’s and beyond, performed by some of the era’s most iconic acts.
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.
The Keswick Theatre
Saturday, October 7
The Spinners were the greatest soul group of the early ’70s, creating a body of work that defined the lush, seductive sound of “Philly soul.” Ironically, the band’s roots lay in Detroit, where they formed as a doo-wop group during the late ’50s. Throughout the ’60s, the Spinners adapted to the shifting fashions of R&B and developed a distinctive sound, replete with intricate vocal harmonies, and a web of horns, strings, backing vocals, and funky rhythms. In the ‘70s, the Spinners recorded a string of soul classics, including “I’ll Be Around,” “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love,” “Mighty Love,” “Ghetto Child,” “Then Came You,” “Games People Play,” “One of a Kind (Love Affair),” and “The Rubberband Man.” It was Stevie Wonder who gave the group “It’s a Shame.”
Little Anthony and the Imperials started in New York in the ‘50s. Lead singer Jerome Anthony “Little Anthony” Gourdine was noted for his high-pitched falsetto voice, influenced by Jimmy Scott. The group’s first single was “Tears on My Pillow,” which was an instant hit. (It was while he was playing this song that DJ Alan Freed came up with the nickname “Little Anthony.”) The B-side, “Two People in the World,” was also a hit. The group followed up with “Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop” in 1960. These were followed by the dramatic pop-soul records “I’m on the Outside (Looking In),” “Goin’ out of My Head,” “Hurt So Bad,” “I Miss You So,” “Take Me Back,” “Hurt,” and “Out of Sight, Out of Mind.”
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 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.
Savannah Civic Center’s Johnny Mercer Theatre
Friday, November 10
The singer, guitarist, and fiddler first worked as a Nashville session musician, playing electric bass on three Bob Dylan albums and on recordings by Leonard Cohen. He produced an album by The Youngbloods, and it is his violin that can be heard on their hit “Darkness, Darkness.” He also played fiddle on many of The Marshall Tucker Band’s early albums and on Hank Williams, Jr.’s album “Hank Williams, Jr. and Friends.” Charlie Daniels was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008 and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during a star-studded, profoundly emotional Medallion Ceremony on October 16, 2016.
Daniels won the Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance in 1979 for “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” The following year, “Devil” became a major crossover success on rock radio stations after its inclusion on the soundtrack for the hit movie Urban Cowboy. Daniels appeared in the movie. He keeps an active tour schedule and his music continues to receive airplay on country and classic rock stations every day.