Wednesday, September 7, 2011
This fabulous year continues for The Buckinghams, so we look forward to seeing everyone at our upcoming dates.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Tonight, vacationers and residents of Springfield, Missouri will gather at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds to welcome the five bands comprising The Happy Together Tour, celebrating 26 years since the series debut. In concert are The Buckinghams, The Grass Roots, The Association, Mark Lindsay (former lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders), and The Turtles, featuring Flo and Eddie.
Remember the 1969 classic movie, "If it's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium"? That's pretty much what the Happy Together Tour is like this year. Since it's Wednesday, it is Springfield, MO. As much as Tour Producer Ron Hausfeld has done his best to route concert dates for maximum efficiency, there's still some major miles to be flown, driven, and shuttled, all within 24 hours' time.
This year's tour began July 8th in Westbury, NY, and toured across Connecticut, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, back to Pennsylvania, Florida, and Georgia. So, after three straight weeks of shows, the tour broke for a week's rest. That rest was short-lived for Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna because The Buckinghams traveled, with their full band, to Ocean City, NJ and then to Pensacola, FL for a private party.
From Springfield, Missouri's concert tonight at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, the group will travel to perform in Kettering, Ohio, the next day at the Fraze Pavillion for the Performing Arts. Friday's show is in Sylvania, Ohio at the Centennial Terrace; Saturday brings the show to The Buckinghams' home state of Illinois, at the beautiful Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. Sunday, the tour arrives at West Allis, Wisconsin for the Wisconsin State Fair.
That's four states in five days, but to these seasoned musicians, being on the road is more a joy rather than a pain. Carl Giammarese says, "Logistics can be a challenge, but everyone associated with the tour has done their best to make this a great experience." The Buckinghams' Nick Fortuna said, "we're returning to several of the same venues we played last year on the 25th Anniversary tour, and it's been good to see so many of our fans return again this year." Plus, they've met new fans and gained more friends this year.
Giammarese agrees, "It's humbling and heartwarming to have fans come up after every show and share how far they've traveled to hear you that night. And then they share their photos of the evening on our Facebook pages, which is nice." Indeed, Facebook postings on many of the artists' Facebook pages show people traveling to multiple Happy Together concerts, some shows as many as 300 miles apart. But for classic rock music lovers, that's just part of summer fun. With loyal fans making efforts to be there, the musicians feel less like road warriors and more like appreciated artists with every show.
Grass Roots bassist/vocalist, Mark Dawson concurs. He says one of his favorite things about seeing friends on the road "is how the conversation always seems to drift toward the subject of a mutual friend, or some kind of event we had shared in the past." He adds, "For me, the stories can sometimes conjure up great moments that I may have forgotten over time...and it always puts a smile on my face because we did some pretty ridiculous things 'back in the day'". Good times, shared memories.
What also helps on long journeys between shows is the camaraderie between the musicians, many of whom have known each other since "back in the day" and traveled these same roads together for many years. The Buckinghams and The Association had done a mini-tour together 10+ years ago, plus The Grass Roots and The Buckinghams have frequently shared concert billings at favorite venues such as the Star Plaza Theatre, over the past 10 years. So, for Dusty Hanvey and Mark Dawson of the Grass Roots, it's "old home week" to be with Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna.
The Association was part of the 1984 Happy Together Tour launched by The Turtles, so they're good friends. Mark Lindsay is easygoing and blends a great sense of humor into group dynamics, so everyone assuredly has fun. Topping off the combination for zany antics are the penultimate purveyors of humor extraordinaire, owned and operated by none other than Flo and Eddie, The Turtles. There's never a shortage of 'funny' with these guys.
YouTube videos of some behind-the-scenes joking that goes on (see the accompanying YouTube video created and crafted by John Montagna, bass player/vocalist for the tour, about a simple jacket he brought on tour last year). That purple velvet coat took on a life of its own as Mark Volman's indefatigable fun-loving nature determined to vex Montagna about 'who' was actually entitled to wear that jacket, and who was not. Here's John on the bus:
In which my snazzy purple velvet waistcoat gets hijacked by a rock legend, but for some reason I don't mind too much. Special appearances by Carl Giammarese and Mark Lindsay. From 2010.
An important part of the tour is an outstanding backing band on stage for the shows. Once again, Tour Producer Ron Hausfeld decided to keep the show flowing, having a single group of professional musicians would make it easy for the five acts to get onstage and off quickly without the audience have to wait for the eternal set changes and the overdone "test, test" "check, check" sound trials, often endured by crowds at festivals where crews change setups between bands.
So, where do you find a group of musicians who know all the 60s songs that comprise some 54 chart hits, most of which are performed in the evening's concert? Fortunately, Hausfeld had worked before with Godfrey Townsend (guitar, also The Turtles' regular guitarist), John Montagna (bass), Manny Focarazzo (keyboards) and Steve Murphy (drums) in other tours he'd produced, such as Hippiefest. When it comes to touring, this quartet, who also provide spot-on backing vocals for all the artists, are pros, having traveled internationally as Alan Parsons' tour band for several years. This is the second year for these four men to back the artists on the Happy Together tour. Their stage presence shows they're having just as much fun as the artists in entertaining the crowds.
And yet, it's not been all fun and laughter on the first part of the tour. On July 11th, all artists faced the most difficult challenge of the tour. Only hours after they'd learned that Grass Roots founding member, Rob Grill, had passed away after a long illness, the bands had to put on a show in Bethlehem, PA at the Muskifest Cafe. That was where entertainment professionals had to forget their personal feelings and shift into a different gear because "the show must go on."
Bethlehem audiences watched in awe as Grass Roots singer/bassist Mark Dawson and guitarist/vocalist Dusty Hanvey gave an inspired performance, as they dedicated their work to Rob's memory. Professionalism always rises to the top, and each of the artists sang their best that night, despite having to work through their personal loss. And, as the tour begins again, audiences appreciate even more the precious gifts of music shared by the bands.
Next week, the tour heads west: Aug 10th, Chandler, Arizona at the Wild Horse Pass Casino; Aug. 11, Santa Ynez, California at the Chumash Casino, and another break. Then it's back east to Louisville, Kentucky on Aug. 24 at the Kentucky State Fair, Effingham Performance Center, Effingham, Illinois on Aug. 25, Paramount Theatre, in Aurora, Illinois, Aug. 26; to Mitchell, South Dakota on Aug. 27 at the Corn Palace, Altoona Iowa on Aug. 28 at the Meadows Ballroom, Prairie Meadows Casino, and concludes in St. Paul, Minnesota, Aug. 29 at the Minnesota State Fair.
The first leg of the Happy Together 2011 tour spurred overwhelmingly positive reviews, as audiences continued to flock to hear the artists. There's clear appreciation for those who perform the hits, beloved by baby boomers across the country. In 1985-1986, the first year of the Happy Together Tour proved to be one of Pollstar's designated Top 10 Concert Tours. This year, all signs are pointing towards similar regard. For concert schedule and ticket information, check Pollstar or visit the artists' web sites.
Editor's Note: This article first appeared on examiner.com.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
SAVE THE DATE: MAY 18TH...Check it Out- Up Close and Personal with The Buckinghams in Rosemont, Illinois
On Wednesday, May 18th, at 8 pm, Chicagoland fans are going to have an opportunity to spend an intimate evening "up close and personal" with The Buckinghams. A special event will take place at 8 pm in the Montrose Room of the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare Hotel. Located at 5300 N. River Road in Rosemont, The Buckinghams will perform as part of the hotel's "Up Close @ Montrose" concert series.
Songs from The Buckinghams' most recent DVD/CD, coincidentally titled "Up Close", will be performed, along with favorite 60s classics for audiences to enjoy.
Carl and Nick will debut some new classic rock songs, and Bruce Soboroff (keys/vocals), Dave Zane (guitars/vocals), and Rocky Penn (drums/vocals) will add new songs, all the hits, and other guaranteed favorites that audiences count on hearing.
Seating is limited for this very special event, so you're encouraged to order tickets today. Click here to order tickets: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3655045
Friday, April 15, 2011
September 4th, The Buckinghams are pleased to be participating in the 33rd Annual West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival in Clarksburg, WVa. The event is the 33rd annual festival and will take place at 340 West Main Street, in downtown Clarksburg, as always.
This event will be a great vacation destination idea for the Labor Day 2011 weekend. Future posts will share more info on where to stay and event details, Sept. 2-4th.
Web site link for more information is: http://www.wvihf.com/
Click here to hear a little music to get you ready for a fantastic festival!
This is a community-wide major event with many sponsors already committed to its success. A partial list includes:
* Antero Resources Appalachian Corporation
* Buffing Studios
* City of Clarksburg
* City of Shinnston
* Clarksburg Enterprise Rental Car
* Clarksburg Exponent Telegram
* Clarksburg Nursing & Rehab. Center
* Dan Riggs Garage & Towing
* Day's Inn Suites
* Enterprise Rental Car
* Frontier Communications
* Greater Clarksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau
* Harry Green 7 Acres
* Lamar Advertising
* MCM Business Systems
* Medbrook Mall
* Medbrook Medical Associates
* Mike Ross, Inc.
* Nardelli Audiology
* Precision Oil & Gas
* Rose of Sharon
* Secret & Shields, A. C.
* Shinnston News & Harrison County Journal
* Village Square Conference Center
* United Sound & Electronics
* WDTV, News Channel 5 & Fox10
* WV Department of Agriculture
* WV Radio Corporation
* Wells Fargo Ins. Services of WV
Sunday, March 27, 2011
"Kind of a Drag" Named one of Chicagoland's Top 10 Songs in 2009 issue of "Illinois Entertainer" Magazine
From a Jan. 5, 2009 article in the Illinois Entertainer magazine, Jim Holvay's "Kind of a Drag" receives top song honors as made a signature tune of The Buckinghams:
Illinois Entertainer picks the 25 greatest songs in Chicago history, continued below:
"Hearing how much Magic 104.3 used to blast this song from my mom’s Chevy Citation while on garage-sale rounds, one gets an appreciation of what 1967 was like for Chicago and The Buckinghams. What we know today as the “Chicago horn sound” was astonishingly new when “Kind Of A Drag” landed, and the song seemed to encapsulate every sound from their ensuing album: stately pop, garage rock, blue-eyed soul, British invasion. True, Chicago (the band) had already formed at this point, but “Kind Of A Drag” contained a lot of ideas they’d pillage."
Full story link at: http://illinoisentertainer.com/2009/01/songs-1-to-10/comment-page-1/
Saturday, March 26, 2011
"Just because it's old ...
Doesn't mean it's an "oldie"!!!
That seems to be the general consensus of our recent "What Is An Oldie?" Poll.
In fact, when tabulating and analyzing all of the responses we received, it seems that the majority of the oldies music fans out there seem to think that "The Oldies Era" ends at about 1975 ... or right before the dawn of The Disco Era.
(Sure, we still had folks insist that it shouldn't run beyond 1963 ... that The British Invasion began another new era in music ... but if I'm going to cover "oldies" and retain any sense of passion about it, I've at least got to include the music that means the most to ME ... and that would be that so-called "Beatles Era" of 1964 - 1970. Music changed in SO many ways during these years ... and British Rock was just one aspect of this.)
We had the whole Motown / Atlantic / Stax Soul Thing going on ...
Psychedelia found its way on to the charts ...
As did HUGE country cross-over hits by artists like Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Roger Miller.
West Coast and East Coast falsetto sounds by the likes of The Beach Boys and The Four Seasons ...
Pop sensations like The Monkees, Tommy James and the Shondells, The Turtles and Paul Revere and the Raiders ...
Local Acts like The Buckinghams, The Cryan' Shames and The New Colony Six ...
Girl Groups like The Chiffons, The Shirelles, The Ronettes, The Shangri-Las and The Dixie Cups ...
And so much more. (And they all got played side by side every single day and nobody thought ANYTHING at all about it!)
Of course a REAL Oldies Station has GOT to include "Roots of Rock" artists like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and The Everly Brothers ... this is an absolute MUST ... as are break-out stars like Connie Francis and Brenda Lee ... Bobby Darin and Ricky Nelson ... the list truly does go on and on and on ..."
Check out Kent's blog at: http://forgottenhits60s.blogspot.com/
Thanks, Kent, for another series and lively discussion on a favorite topic. DLW
Friday, March 18, 2011
TONIGHT'S SHOW IN OHIO
**Reminder in this morning's Youngstown newspaper online, "The Vindicator", www.vindy.com
Today’s entertainment picks:
The Buckinghams, 8 p.m.: Hey baby, they’re playing our song. Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown; 330-743-2717.
CHICAGOLAND FANS GET WISH FOR HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR APPEARANCES THIS YEAR
Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna return as the Buckinghams join The Turtles, Mark Lindsay, Grass Roots, and The Association in concert for the Happy Together Tour. Last year's tour played in 24 cities, but missed coming through Chicago. This year, they'll be in two great locations for area fans: the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, IL, an annual favorite for The Buckinghams to perform, and the Effingham Performance Center in Effingham, IL.
Happy Together Tour at the Genesee Theatre, Sat. Aug. 6 in Waukegan, IL
Tickets go on sale tomorrow, March 19th via Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com, at 10 am, for the Happy Together Tour in concert at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, IL, on Saturday, Aug. 6th. For more information, including possibilities of upgrading seats to their Platinum Performance Package, visit https://host26.webserveralpha.com/geneseetheatre/index.php
The Platinum Package is a private event, requiring advance reservations, in the Red Carpet Lounge on the 4th floor of the Genesee, and is open one hour prior to show time. For a modest price, you will enjoy an open bar and hot and cold hors d'oeuvres in a comfortable and relaxed setting. The Platinum Party experience is available for most shows and space is limited. Please check the event calendar for show availability.
Event ticket purchase is required to upgrade to the Platinum Package. You may add the Package at the time of purchasing your event ticket through Ticketmaster phone, internet and outlet sources. Or you may add the Package later by visiting or calling the Genesee Theatre Box Office at 847-263-6300.
Effingham, Illinois to host Happy Together Tour, Thur., Aug. 25, at Effingham Performance Center
On Thursday, August 25th, The Turtles, The Buckinghams, Grass Roots, Mark Lindsay, and The Association will perform as the HTT 2011 plays at the Effingham Performance Center.
Tickets to this show also available via Ticketmaster. Visit http://www.theepc.org/ for more details.
This was taken in winter, but by summer, everything will be much warmer!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
John Benson interviewed Carl Giammarese recently about The Buckinghams' concert this Friday, March 18th in Youngstown.
The concert is sponsored by the Monday Musical Club there, that has more than 100 years of great history in bringing memorable music to the Stambaugh Auditorium.
Somewhat out of breath but apparently in great shape is how The Buckinghams’ Carl Giammarese sounded when a recent phone call found him at a Chicago-area gym putting some time in on the step-machine.
“You know us old rockers — we have to stay in shape,” Giammarese said, laughing.
Invariably, the guitarist is getting ready for another walk down memory lane with fans when the group comes to Youngstown on Friday for a show at Stambaugh Auditorium.
Full story online at: http://www.vindy.com/news/2011/mar/17/the-buckinghams-these-rock-8217n8217-rol/
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Tickets are on sale now for the Happy Together Tour to stop in Asbury Park, NJ, on Saturday, July 16th, and the evening promises great music from The Buckinghams, The Turtles, Mark Lindsay (former lead singer of Paul Revere and the Raiders), The Grass Roots, and this year, The Association will join them. Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna look forward to returning to Asbury Park for another great concert experience with the great fans from New Jersey and New York at the Paramount Theatre.
Act early to purchase limited VIP Meet and Greet, premium seat tickets while they last.
When you're in the aea, dining is available in the Langostina Lounge, Stella Marina Bar & Restaurant, Tim McLoone's Supper Club, and the Aqua Bar and Restaurant.
On Sale: Now
Ticket Prices: $29-$79 ($99 VIP Meet and Greet, Premium Seat Packages)
Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com, Phone Charge at 800-745- 3000, Outlets including select Walmart locations, The Stone Pony Box Office 732-502-0600 and The Paramount box office on the day of show if any tickets remain.
Partial proceeds to benefit the Light of Day Foundation
Produced by Concerts East and Sammy Boyd.
Saturday, July 16 2011, 8 pm
Best Parking: 1300 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Tickets/more information is available at:
Directions on how to get to the Paramount:
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Steve heard The Buckinghams and the Happy Together Tour at the Hulman Center, in Terra Haute, Indiana. Steve graciously shared photos from several pages of his Souvenir Tour Booklet for others to enjoy on Chicagosveryown Buckinghams' Facebook page. Reproduced here with his permission.
Top photo-Encore with everyone on stage.
Bottom photo--(L to R: Tour co-producer, Howard Silverman, today of Paradise Artists, Carl Giammarese, Rob Grill(Grass Roots), Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman(The Turtles), 3 reps from Members Only, Tour co-producer, David Fischoff.
About Members Only, Tour Sponsor.
About The Buckinghams--Tour Bio.
The Buckinghams-Photos from the 60s and '85/'86.
About The Grass Roots.
Photos of The Grass Roots.
Gary Lewis & The Playboys Photos.
About Gary Lewis & the Playboys.
Photos of The Turtles.
About The Turtles (Mark Vollman and Howard Kaylan, aka Flo & Eddie).
Family Album, page 1.
Family Album page 2.
Cousin Brucie, WABC-AM Radio Legend, and MC who came out to launch the Happy Together Tour that year. Bottom panel is an ad for music by The Turtles.
Discography for all the bands, plus the bottom panel is an ad for The Buckinghams new single release, "Veronica", from their album, "A Matter of Time" on Red Label Records. Carl, Nick, and the band did this song as part of their set that tour.
Happy Together Tour Production Team.
A Message from Tour Co-producer, David Fischoff.
Back cover of the Souvenir Tour Program.
Thanks again to Steve for taking the time to share his memories. He's ready to attend the HTT 2011 when the tour comes to Effingham Perfomance Center, Thursday, August 25, 2011.
Music of Our Heart Blog Previews The Buckinghams in Happy Together Show, July 9th in Wallingford, CT
It was nice to see blogger MusicofourHeart's post today about the concert date in Wallingford, CT, with the Happy Together Tour. On Saturday, July 9th, Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna will join The Turtles, The Grass Roots, Mark Lindsay (former lead singer of Paul Revere and the Raiders) and the Association for the 2011 return in the "25th Anniversary Plus 1" national tour. Audience response last year wsa tremendous and everyone who came to the shows had a great evening of music.
Journalist Musicofourheart writes:
"I was thinking about The Buckinghams this morning. Their song, “Kind of a Drag” popped into my head so I cruised over to YouTube to watch a video of them playing their #1 hit from 1967."
The Buckinghams will also return to Connecticut for a Christmas Show on Sunday, December 18th at the beautiful Infinity Hall, where they've played before.
It's great to have such loyal friends of their music in Connecticut. Buckinghams' fans are serious music enthusiasts, who indeed keep the songs in their hearts alive across the country, and have all these many years.
Check out his full blog post at http://musicofourheart.wordpress.com/2011/03/12/the-buckinghams-in-2011/
Saturday, March 12, 2011
From the Reynolds Performance Hall's blog re The Buckinghams and Blood, Sweat & Tears in Concert:
"One thing that most human beings have in common is the tendency to revisit our youth in memory. Old pictures, favorite restaurants, the house we grew up in…all can be welcome remembrances of times long past that we still treasure today.
Music is also a way to remember, and especially being able to see some of our favorite musicians still going strong after many years. So we (along with the audience) were delighted to be able to watch The Buckinghams and Blood, Sweat, and Tears do what they’ve been doing well for decades now: play GREAT music."...
Full blog post can be found here.
All photos courtesy of Reynolds Performance Hall, Conway, Arkansas.
Great Night of Music--The Buckinghams in Concert with Blood Sweat & Tears--Photos from the Reynolds Performance Center, Conway Arkansas, March 4th
Conway, Arkansas is a beautiful town to visit, with great Southern hospitality shown to us by the staff at the Reynolds Performance Hall. These are a few of their photos taken at the concert and we appreciate their sharing with us.
The band and the audience at the Reynolds Performance Hall in Conway, AR.
(L to R) Carl Giammarese, Bruce Soboroff, Nick Fortuna, Dave Zane
(L to R) Dave Zane, Bruce Soboroff, Nick Fortuna
The view from the balcony, The Buckinghams on stage.
(L to R) Bruce Soboroff and Rocky Penn.
Rocky Penn, drummer/vocalist, and a great drum kit.
Guitarist/vocalist Dave Zane in the foreground.
(L to R) Carl Giammarese, Nick Fortuna, and Dave Zane.
View from the balcony, photo 1.
View from the balcony, photo 2.
Thanks again to the Reynolds Performance Hall for sharing these pictures. Find Reynolds Hall on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ucareynolds?ref=ts