Monday, August 31, 2009

Blast from the Past--WLS' Danny Lake Interviews Carl Giammarese

On May 27, 1967, The Buckinghams were on American Bandstand, performing "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," and "Kind of a Drag" on American Bandstand that night 42 years ago.
On May 27, 2009, Danny Lake interviewed Carl Giammarese as Danny filled in for Dick Biondi during the Memorial Day weekend.

To listen to Danny's interview with Carl, click on this link for the podcast:

Check out WLS 94.7 in Chicago or every Saturday night on WLS for "Saturday Night Party with Danny Lake" from 7 to 11 pm CST.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Port Clinton Art Festival Expects 250,000 this weekend

Art attracts, but that's not all you'll find at renowned festival
Daily Herald Staff Report

People pack downtown Highland Park at a previous Port Clinton Art Festival.

Daily Herald file photo

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Visitors stroll by a fiberglass sculpture made by artist Marina Lee during a previous Port Clinton Art Festival in downtown Highland Park Saturday. The event returns this weekend with more than 260 juried artists from around the country.

Daily Herald file photo
Published: 8/28/2009 12:01 AM

The annual Port Clinton Art Festival takes center stage this weekend at the Taste of Highland Park, featuring the work of more than 260 juried artists from around the country.

"Families are looking for opportunities to share happy experiences together during these tough economic times," says Amy Amdur, founder of Amdur Productions, which launched the show that has become an end-of-summer tradition.

"Art has the power to speak to you," she said. "It can elevate your mood and perspective. We want each of our guests to take that feeling home with them, whether it's with a new piece of art or the memory of a perfect summer's day."

Free and open to the public, the Port Clinton Art Festival is ranked the number three show in the country. Young artists, ages 18 and under, shine in the Youth Division of Show, which offers youths an opportunity to experience participating in a real art festival. More than 250,000 loyal art lovers travel from places near and far to visit this acclaimed show annually.

The Port Clinton Art Festival has been a cultural tradition on the North Shore for 26 years. Veteran artists return to the show year after year as new artists emerge. One aspect that remains constant year after year is the quality of art showcased at the Port Clinton Art Festival.

Live music from several local bands continues throughout the weekend...In addition to the incredible artwork available at the festival, there are fun activities for showgoers of all ages. Activities just for kids include an art Bingo game where children serve as art explorers and an art tent where kids can create their own masterpieces. Many of the activities for children are free, but some are available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Celiac Foundation and Children's Memorial Hospital.

This year the Taste of Highland Park takes place in conjunction with the festival. Guests are invited to sip, nibble and nosh from several of Highland Park's most celebrated restaurants including Norton's, Stash's, Sushi Kushi, Tamales, Café Central, Sunset Foods, City Park Grill, Lincolnshire Gourmet, Jade, New York Slices, Fudruckers, Abigail's, Lou Malnati's, Blue Grass and Glunz Wine. The Taste of Highland Park opens at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28, and continues throughout the weekend. Chicago area bands, including American English and R-Gang, will be in concert at the festival, with a feature performance by The Buckinghams on Saturday night. For more information, visit

All of Amdur's festivals have been rated in Sunshine Artist Magazine's top 100, with half in the top 50; and the Art at the Glen Town Center and Port Clinton Art Festival are in the top 10.

The Taste of Highland Park is brought to you by the Highland Park CBD Alliance, a partnership of the downtown Property Owners Association, the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce and the City of Highland Park. The Alliance was founded in 2008 to enhance the economic vitality of the central business district of Highland Park.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Buckinghams to Play Highland Park Festival, Aug. 29th

Big crowds expected for Port Clinton Art Festival

August 25, 2009

The renowned Port Clinton Art Festival returns this weekend highlighting an action-packed weekend on Central Avenue that also includes the Taste of Highland Park.

For the second consecutive year, the two popular Highland Park events will be held together and are expected to draw hundreds of thousands to the downtown business district for everything art and food.

The Taste kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday and runs through 6 p.m. Sunday on Central Avenue between First and Second streets. The Art Festival will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The festival is ranked the third best art show in the country, according to Leslie Schreiber of Winger Marketing. Founded and produced by Highland Park's Amdur Productions, the 26th annual outdoor show will feature all genres of art from more than 260 juried artists from around country.

"We are thrilled to once again bring these fine artists to Highland Park," said Amy Amdur, founder of Amdur Productions, in a news release.

"Art has the power to speak to you; it can elevate your mood and perspective. We want each of our guests to take that feeling home with them, whether it's with a new piece of art or the memory of a perfect summer's day."

Schreiber worried that she left out some of the art work that will be on display as she listed statues, ceramics, sculptures, watercolors, paintings, jewelry, photography, metals, furniture and woodwork, among the prized work available this weekend.

Artists 18 and under also will show their work in a youth division.

"We have very high-end, incredible integrity art," Schreiber said. "There's something for everybody."

For those in need of a food break, unique fare from 16 Highland Park eateries will line Central Avenue Friday through Sunday.

"We will have the best tastes of Highland Park," said Carolyn Hersch, the city's business and economic development director. "There will be sushi, sweets, burgers, pizza and gourmet foods.

"Last year, people didn't want to go home when the festival ended."

The Taste returned in full force last year after it was discontinued for many years.

"We brought it back last year for a huge end of the year celebration and to help drive business into our restaurants," Council member Terri Olian said. "It seemed to be a no-brainer to couple it with the Port Clinton Art Fair.

"It's so much fun to see everybody out on the streets eating, dancing and just enjoying Highland Park at its best."

The combo event won't lack entertainment as a full schedule of live music is also planned.

Musical acts from the entertainment stage at the Taste will include, Beatles tribute band American English, R-Gang, and The Buckinghams.

Acoustic band Cirrus Falcon, French guitarist Michelet Innocent, harpist Ariane Lydon and Highland Park's Traveling Troupe will play alongside the art show.

"It's going to be fun," Hersch said.

"There will be great food, art and entertainment. All in one place."

Full story at,highland-park-artfesttaste-082709-s1.article

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Buckinghams to Perform at Cooper River Park, Camden County, NJ, Thursday, August 20th

The Board of Freeholders Presents The Buckinghams in Concert, 8/20/09, beginning at 8 pm

Cooper River Park
N. Park Drive & McClellan Blvd.
Pennsauken, NJ 08110

Cooper River Park's TD Bank River Stage is located on North Park Drive, Pennsauken. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, sit back, relax and enjoy the show! Bleacher seating and parking is available on a first come first served basis. This park is WiFi accessible.

A Google map can be found:,+Merchantville,+NJ+08109&ie=UTF8&om=1

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Las Vegas' Cannery Casino Entertainment Director Discusses Popular 60s Music Acts at her Venue

Aug. 13, 2009
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal (full story found at link below)

Old Time Rock 'N Roll

Cannery carves out a niche by booking acts baby boomers love


Kathie Spehar, director of entertainment for Cannery Casino Resorts, sometimes finds herself dealing with an unusual, and decidedly generational, workplace issue.

Spehar books musical acts for the Cannery, the Eastside Cannery and the Rampart. And, sometimes, her younger staff doesn't quite get it when she books an act from the '50s or '60s.

"The younger generation that works here with me is always yelling at me because I don't book the hard rock they like," Spehar explains with a laugh.

But, laugh-worthy or not, booking oldies acts -- along with classic rock and tribute acts -- has allowed Cannery venues to carve out a boomer-friendly niche in a competitive Las Vegas entertainment landscape.

There's Jerry Presley, Elvis' second cousin, who plays Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Eastside Cannery. Edgar Winter and April Wine, scheduled for Aug. 22 at the Cannery. The 1910 Fruitgum Company, which will play the Eastside Cannery on Aug. 21 and 22. Felix Cavaliere's Rascals and Tommy James and the Shondells, at the Cannery on Aug. 29. And Petula Clark on Aug. 30 at Rampart.

Not to mention Chad & Jeremy, Bobby Vinton, the Spinners and Jay and the Americans, who are among the growing number of '60s and '70s chart-toppers who have made Cannery properties their Las Vegas home.

None of this is coincidental. Rather, Spehar says, it's a booking strategy that stems from the fact that the Cannery's customer base skews heavily toward the boomer demographic.

"So, I thought, 'Well, let me try some baby boomer acts,' and, guess what? They all worked," says Spehar. "From the Buckinghams to the Association to Freddy Cannon and the Vogues, they all worked."

Full story at

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

DuPage County Hosts Prairie Fest, in Wood Dale, Illinois, featuring The Buckinghams, this Saturday, 8/15/09

Chic Gems Featured at Wood Dale Prairie Fest
N. Wood Dale Road and W. Commercial St. Wood Dale, IL 60191

Chic Gems Jewelry Featured at Wood Dale Prairie Fest
Beginning on Friday, August 14, and continuing through Sunday, August 16, more than 15,000 people will gather in one of Wood Dale's community parks to celebrate the 7th annual Wood Dale Prairie Fest.

Situated in DuPage County, one of the nation's richest counties, Wood Dale is currently experiencing growth in both its industrial district as well as its downtown area. Wood Dale Summer Fest boasts a wide variety of food, regional and national music acts, a fireworks show, carnival, pet parade and much more! This year's fest will feature '60s music legends The Buckinghams!

6:00pm - Heartache Tonight
8:30pm - Infinity

3:00pm - The Fairlanes
5:30pm - Ides Of March
8:00pm - The Buckinghams

1:00pm - Xside
3:30pm - 7th Heaven

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Taste of Highland Park Concert Coming Up; The Buckinghams to Perform August 29th

Nostalgia tops evening entertainment at Taste

August 4, 2009
By KENNETH L R. PATCHEN Correspondent

American English and The Buckinghams are the featured night-time entertainers at this year's late-August Taste of Highland Park during the Port Clinton Art Festival.

The 16 participating restaurants include four newcomers this summer: Abigail's, Fuddruckers, Norton's, and Sushi Kushi Too.

In addition, the Taste of Highland dining area has been expanded to better accommodate everyone.

In many ways, this Taste is the same time, same place, and same set-up of specialty food-serving stations as last year's event.

Families can eat during the art fair and entertainment will be on the stage at Central Avenue and Second Street.

The Taste opens at 6 p.m. Friday night Aug. 28 with food and entertainment by the Beatles tribute band American English until 10 p.m.

Food and entertainment is offered all day Saturday during the Art Festival from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Aug. 29, with The Buckinghams on stage at 6 p.m. followed by the rhythm and blues of the Motown era by R-Gang until 10 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 30, the last day of the Art Festival features entertainment all day with special guest Robbie Gold from noon to 1 p.m.

During the day, Saturday and Sunday, Cirrus Falcon will play music from the 1960s, '70s and '80s and the Apple Tree Theater Traveling Troupe will perform. For children, the balloon man will return.

"There's been a great demand to be in the Taste," Hersch said.

Participating restaurants include: BBQ Pit, Bluegrass, Cafe Central, City Park Grill, Jade Cafe, Lincolnshire Gourmet, Lou Malnati's Pizza, N.Y. Slices, Sam's Wine & Spirits, Tamales... A Mexican Joint, and Sunset Foods.

The point of the Taste, other than to offer residents a wonderful experience in their own downtown, Hersch said, is to promote local restaurants and allow them to showcase their unique dishes.

Restaurants will offer up to six food and six choices of beverage and will be located along the north side of Central Avenue between First and Second streets.

Based on last year's experience, Hersch said, Taste works very well for everyone. People from outside Highland Park and local residents are coming to attend the Port Clinton Art Festival, to enjoy the food, and to do some shopping.

"There were a lot of people with shopping bags," she said, which suggests people were here for more than food, music and art.

Anticipation is high on both sides of the cash registers.

"This year I've already had calls from people asking when it will be," Hersch said. "We're inundated with calls from people wanting to be part of this."

American English will play music by The Beatles, an English band active in the 1960s, which sang songs such as: "Blue Jay Way," "Yer Blues," and "For You Blue."

The Buckinghams are known for: "Kind of a Drag," "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," "Don't You Care," "Hey Baby, They're Playing Our Song," and "Susan."

Robbie Gold sings: "Her Last Song," "Sarah's Song," and "A Shade Away from Gone."

Story posted at:,highland-park-first-taste-080609-s1.article

Monday, August 3, 2009

Photos from Watertown taken by The Babcock Family, at the DPAO Concert July, 2009

The Buckinghams

Pictured to the left is Nick Fortuna
Saw these great candid photographs taken by The Babcock Family, on vacation in Watertown, NY. Per her blog, everyone had a great time at the concert, which was a benefit for the Disabled Persons Action Organization. The evening's entertainment included Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett and The Buckinghams.

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This Wednesday, in the Village of Bensenville, Music in the Park at Towne Center

Music in the Park - Bensenville Towne Center

This week, 7:30 p.m.
Corner of Green and Center
Bensenville, IL
For more info: call(630) 766-8888

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Music in the park every Wednesday at 7:30 in the Bensenville Town Center. Join us for Food, Family Fun and Free Entertainment.

August 5 - The Buckinghams
Come and hear the latest new music from The Buckinghams' from their Reaching Back and Standing Room Only CDs, on sale this Wednesday evening.
A fan favorite among the albums released by The Buckinghams in the 1980s, it's just "A Matter of Time" before they play your favorites at the Town Center in Bensenville.

Check out their Greatest Hits & More (aka Live and Well) on