Thursday, July 17, 2014

Carl Giammarese and Gale Sayers help Chicago Cubs celebrate 60s weekend

It's not every day that a kid from Chicago grows up watching TV and one day is on it, playing music as part of a band that will become important first in Chicago, and then will see national acclaim, including days of recording songs on a prestigious record label and then finding yourself looking at a red light belonging to a camera live on CBS's "The Ed Sullivan Show." It's also not every day that a kid can go to Wrigley Field with his dad and younger brother to watch the Cubs play baseball, and then grow up to have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to throw out a ceremonial first pitch for the team. Also, to be included in the same weekend celebration with Gale Sayers (#40) one of the greatest legends ever to play Chicago Bears football is simply surreal. That's what it was like last week for Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams, surreal and splendid, a day to remember forever, July 11, 2014.

Read the full story, including the video of Carl's pitch (thanks to Susan Rakis, Advance/Production Coordinator for The Buckinghams), for filming that historic pitch! Click HERE for the full story.

                                                    Photo by Susan Rakis, The Buckinghams

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Announcing The Buckinghams' new CD is Here!

You asked for it, you got it!

Announcing the arrival of The Buckinghams' new CD on Fuel Records! It's called Flashback!

Are you ready to hear new recordings of some of The Buckinghams' earliest hit records? The ones they released first on USA Records in Chicago and played in concert there and all around the midwest when they toured? Pluse all their Billboard chart hits.

You'll really like these tracks. Here's the list:

 GET YOUR OWN COPY EARLY AT The Buckinghams' web site, 

  Visit The Buckinghams' web site and get it today.

Friday, February 7, 2014

The Beatles and Their Influence on America's Teenagers for the Rest of Their Lives

The Buckinghams looked like this in 1966, because of the influence of The British Invasion and, primarily, The Beatles. Rock and roll was never the same again!

This week of February 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of when John, Paul, George, and Ringo, influenced by Elvis Presley and "Hound Dog" and a lot of American rock and roll, came over to America, for a date on the Ed Sullivan Show, and changed American music forever.

NWI Times journalist Tom Lounges, who is also a popular radio host in the northern Indiana area, wrote a thoughtful column published Feb. 6, 2014 about The Beatles' influence. Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams is one person Tom interviewed.

Click on the link to read Tom's complete story:

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

More Fun in Anticipation of "Groovin' The 60's" The Buckinghams, Gary Puckett and Christie Copeland in Concert, Valentine's Day in Chicago

One of the backstage scenes from Orchestral Events' Mariano Longo (Arranger and Conductor) and Jeanne Bavaro, Writer and Director for the "Groovin' The 60s" show on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 in St. Charles, Illinois, at the Arcada Theatre.

In one evening, you'll hear a catalog of songs you know and loved from the 1960s.
Check out this video and enjoy listening to Jeanne and Mariano, a little like Keely Smith and Louis Prima back in the day.

It's not just another concert; it's not like anything you've ever seen before. It's like The Hollywood Palace, and a return to the days of real variety shows with new duets, new songs, and old favorites, in arrangements you've never heard before.

The Buckinghams
Gary Puckett and The Union Gap
Christie Copeland
Together with a Full Symphony Orchestra, Conducted by Mariano Longo

Tickets available at: Tickets start at $49. Your Valentine's Day is here, with us at The Arcada.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Early Preview of Valentine's Day Concert for Chicagoland!

This is a concert like you've never heard Gary Puckett and The Buckinghams before.
They have a brand new show, symphonic pops arrangements, a full symphony orchestra and a guest singer, Christie Copeland, who will present an evening of must-see entertainment. Cannot wait to hear it.

Now here's a great YouTube by Mariano Longo, the highly regarded Las Vegas arranger and conductor who put this music together for the evening. He wrote the arrangements and will conduct the orchestra on Feb. 14th.

Now that you've seen the sneak preview, get your tickets early. The perfect Valentine's Day for you, and for those you care about.

Tickets: $49-$79

Saturday, December 14, 2013

So, What's New and Different about The Buckinghams and Gary Puckett Performing on Valentine's Day 2014 at The Arcada?

Are you still shopping for Christmas presents for your friends and family? Here's an idea: Get your Valentine's evening event lined up and put these tickets in your stockings this Christmas! Two holiday gifts with one click of the mouse. What's new and different about this show? Ask Arcada owner, Ron Onesti. He'll tell you. It was his idea to present a show that his audiences will find exciting, new and dynamic.

You may have seen The Buckinghams and Gary Puckett in concert together as part of the Happy Together 2012 tour, and you may well already think you know what you might hear when you get your tickets for the upcoming "Groovin the 60s" Concert that's on the Upcoming Events Calendar at St. Charles' Arcada Theatre. But, in fact, you do not. The Buckinghams have a special invitation for you:
Click HERE to order your tickets.

Join us on Valentine’s Day, for a tremendous evening of musical entertainment, Groovin’ the 60s. Orchestral Events presents beloved classic rock artists The Buckinghams & Gary Puckett, in an all-new concert concept for their hit songs that Chicagoland will be first to hear. Conductor/Arranger Mariano Longo brings these artists and their bands together for an evening that will celebrate the songs you fell in love to, with a 22-piece symphony orchestra for a night of the pops!

Ensemble production numbers highlighting the hits of a generation, you’ll love these artists performing “River Deep, Mountain High” (Tina Turner/The Animals), “Touch Me” (The Doors), “Working’ My Way Back to You” (Four Seasons), “He Ain’t Heavy— He’s My Brother (The Hollies), “Everybody Get Together” (The Youngbloods), “ “Let’s Hang On” (Four Seasons), and more.

You’ll also meet lovely Christie Copeland, a highly acclaimed singer from home base Las Vegas, to add her talents as the ensemble includes “Downtown” (Petula Clark), “To Sir With Love” (Lulu), “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” (Dusty Springfield), “Wedding Bell Blues” (The 5th Dimension), plus a Phil Spector medley by the entire group. It’s a new variety concept show that brings the rich sounds of a full symphony orchestra with upbeat arrangements of even more songs you have loved all your life, to share that evening with family and friends you love. It’s a perfect Valentine’s Night!

Yes, it’s The Buckinghams and Gary Puckett singing all their hits, too, but the orchestral arrangements of all their hits will blow you away. Conductor Mariano Longo says, “There’s a formal full orchestra together with your favorite artists, BUT no formal wear or black ties required; just dress as you would for any concert and get ready to say, “WOW, I have never heard anything like this before!” So, you can surprise your Valentine or just treat yourself to an unforgettable evening of “Groovin to The 60s”! 

This is the debut of the symphonic arrangements of the hits of The Buckinghams (and Gary Puckett) coming to Chicagoland for Valentine's Saturday night. You won't want to miss it.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

WGN-AM Radio host Pete McMurray invites Carl Giammarese on his show

WGN Radio host Pete McMurray (above) invited Carl Giammarese to be his guest on the Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 broadcast of Pete's show (11p-2a), which followed a tremendous Chicago Blackhawks victory. Also present on the air was a longtime friend of The Buckinghams, WGN's Scott Miller, who joined Pete and Carl. It was a fun time to visit and Carl did some songs in-studio. If you missed the broadcast, here's the link to listen in here:

Here's a photo of Carl and Scott Miller, who was even present at the 30th Anniversary Buckinghams' concert at The Vic back in the day.