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.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Groovin' the 60s--The Buckinghams, Gary Puckett, and Christie Copeland at Chicago's Arcada Theatre, set for Valentine's Day 2014 -- ALL NEW CONCERT EVENT!

Baby Boomers know well the 1960s excitement of watching The Ed Sullivan Show, The Hollywood Palace, The Kraft Music Hour, and a multitude of other variety showcases. Las Vegas-based Orchestral Events has created a dynamic new variety showcase for the Arcada Theatre on February 14, 2014, featuring two of your favorite classic rock artists, The Buckinghams and Gary Puckett, going far beyond simply presenting their Billboard million-selling hits. It's not the standard concert format that you're used to, it's nothing like the Happy Together Tour. This evening debuts a special showcase of talent that will make you so glad you were there.
You'll be treated to tremendous new symphonic arrangements, and hear your favorites performed with a full symphony orchestra. Imagine "Kind of a Drag," "Hey Baby, They're Playing Our Song," and more, with strings, horns, and percussion backing your favorite singers and their full bands. Hear "Young Girl," "Woman, Woman," and "This Girl is a Woman Now" like you've never heard them before. But that's not all.
You're invited to join us for a Symphonic/Pops "Time Capsule of the 60s." Your favorite musicians will join together on stage to perform music by The Doors, The Hollies, Tina Turner, the Four Seasons, Joe Cocker, The Fifth Dimension, and Phil Spector's Wall of Sound Artists. The orchestra will be led by Conductor Mariano Longo, who created these beautiful arrangements of songs that are part of the soundtrack of your life, from back in the day. 
Meet a beautiful, talented singer, Christie Copeland, whose renditions of the hits of Petula Clark, Bobbie Gentry, Lulu, and Dusty Springfield will also transport you back to a day and time when life was simple, joyful, the way you remember it best.
The evening features two hours of solid entertainment, with intermission, a showcase unlike anything you've seen since, well, the 1960s! Join us for Groovin' The 60s, for Valentines Day at Ron Onesti's historic Arcada Theatre. Tickets start at $49 and are available at Get them early!

Directions to the Arcada Theatre:!directions--parking/cs4y
105 E. Main Street
St. Charles, Illinois 60174

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Buckinghams songs from the 1960s Are Prominent in New Book by Dann Isbell

Dann Isbell has released his new book "Ranking the '60s: A Comprehensive Listing of the Top Songs and Acts from Pop's Golden Decade." The book was released August, 2013 and is advertised as "the ultimate 1960s music countdown with more than 6,800 songs and over 1,800 acts ranked for popularity based upon national weekly chart performance."

Use the "Search Inside" feature and find The Buckinghams mentioned 18 times!

The book is available on right here, and is the perfect stocking stuffer for all of your favorite music lovers. Click here to order today.

Thanks to Kent Kotal and his Forgotten Hits blog for the heads-up on the great comprehensive book.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Buckinghams included in NWI Story re Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, Indiana, a Favorite Venue

A recent story posted by Diane Poulton, correspondent for the NWI Times about the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, Indiana, where there's a tremendous amount of history and stars who've graced the stage. The Buckinghams are set to perform there on Jan. 25, 2014 for the Salute to the 60s concert together with Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone and Grass Roots. "Tom Jones, Liberace, Perry Como, the Moody Blues, Kenny Rogers, Gallagher, David Copperfield, the Beach Boys, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jay Leno, The Buckinghams, the Temptations, REO Speedwagon, Red Skelton, Mitzi Gaynor, Celtic Woman, Ray Charles and Mannheim Steamroller are a just few of the thousands who have graced its stage...."
For the full story, click here To get tickets for The Buckinghams for the Salute to the 60s concert, check in the near future.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Buckinghams to Join 2015 Concerts at Sea "Where the Action Is" Cruise

It's official! The Buckinghams will be a part of the January 2015 "Where the Action Is" Cruise starring Paul Revere and the Raiders--thanks to you.

We've just heard from Harmon Travel that we're on board the **2015** Concerts at Sea Event, and it's in such large part thanks to every one of The Buckinghams fans who voted for us on the recent survey. You made this happen.

Although we don't have more details at this moment, we wanted to rush to say thank you for being so dedicated in our behalf, in taking the survey, and sharing your enthusiasm for our music with your friends. Stay tuned as more details come available to reserve your space. Please check back here to this blog in late January, 2014 for updates on the 2015 cruise.
On behalf of all of us, we appreciate your gift of time and joy for The Buckinghams' music in your lives.

Carl and Nick

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Buckinghams Back Home in Westbury, NY at NYCB Theatre with Tommy James, Peter Noone, and Grass Roots

On Saturday, October, 19, 2013 The Buckinghams were pleased to return to Westbury, New York, to the NYCB Theatre, for the annual Hot Autumn Nights concert. This beautiful theatre-in-the-round welcomed many familiar faces this year as well as some great new friends.

We shared the stage with our friends, Tommy James & The Shondells, Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone, and Grass Roots, with Mark Dawson, Dusty Hanvey, Larry Nelson, and Joe Dougherty. Thanks to a very talented photographer, music fan and Buckinghams' friend Sylvia Nemeth, we're able to share these photos with you here.

NOTE: All photos are for viewing enjoyment but must be credited to Sylvia Nemeth and used with permission only. Write to with questions.
We had a great time with all our friends on stage. The theatre-in-the-round makes it possible for everyone to have "the best seat in the house" and it's fun to be with you.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Improving the Quality of Drinking Water to Underprivileged People Around the World

Water: Daily, we all enjoy a priceless world commodity that we (almost) take for granted. As you took your morning showers, brushed your teeth, and had your coffee or hot tea this morning, thousands of gallons of pure clean water surged through the pipes of wherever you live. Across the country, 50,000 people who are members of the American Water Works Association helped make possible research and education in developing solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, and to managing and treating water to city-specific standards. Every day we’re alive means another day we are thankful for water.

As many of you know, The Buckinghams are often asked to headline fund-raising events for charities who want to increase awareness for their organizations and important causes. This year we are pleased to be participating in the 8th Annual Water for People Benefit Concert at 7:00 pm on September 26, at Evansville’s Victory Theatre.

“We are very excited to have both The Grass Roots and The Buckinghams perform this year at our event,” stated Duane Gilles, Water Distribution Manager for the Evansville Water Utility. “Proceeds from this concert in Evansville will help make a significant difference in the lives of people throughout the world. Even in our fast‐paced world of modern conveniences, approximately 6,000 people die daily of water‐borne diseases, primarily babies and young children.”

The Buckinghams are pleased to join with Duane Gilles and the Evansville Water Utility in this important event. We share the goals of the Water for People program, a key Indiana nonprofit organization ‘dedicated to providing support to communities for the development of locally sustainable drinking water resources, sanitation facilities, and health/hygiene education programs.’ We are proud to join their efforts to improve the quality of life for those in need.

Just talked to Duane Gilles, and he said Advance tickets are $25 per person, available at Evansville locations of Schnucks Supermarket, Old National Bank, Donut Bank, First Federal Savings, Home Building Savings, Don’s and Clayton’s Cleaners. The few remaining tickets will be $35 each at the door, but they're almost all sold. So act fast if you want to join us and the Grass Roots in concert for a great cause.

We look forward to seeing you there on Thursday,

Carl Giammarese

Cross posted on Facebook here.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Buckinghams Ready to Rock for a Cause

The Great River Block Party is a wonderful annual charity event created to raise funds for Juvenile Diabetes in Onalaska, WI, in August. The Buckinghams were invited to be the headliners for the 2nd Annual Great River Block Party at Thomas G. Rowe Park in Onalaska.

"Last summer, longtime Onalaska resident Jim Guenther was having a cup of coffee in Maggie’s Restaurant, which he co-owns with chef Mary Cody, pondering the seemingly endless highway construction that put the restaurant on a dead end until the work was finished. The thought came to him, “What if we just had a block party while construction is going on?”

About that time, the old Doobie Brothers’ song “Takin’ It to the Streets” came on the restaurant’s speakers, so Guenther took that as a sign his idea was a good one. Guenther booked the band 38 Special. Presto, the initial block party event was a major hit, Residents finally had something exciting to think about besides bulldozers, concrete and crains.

Meanwhile, John Haverty, a civic-minded mover and shaker and Harley-Davidson enthusiast, had been involved for the past decade in raising funds through the annual Thunder Ride to Cure Diabetes event, which benefits area children diagnosed with diabetes. It’s a cause close to Haverty’s heart, since his 16-year-old son, Joey, was diagnosed with the disease when he was just 22 months old."

Here's a link to the rest of the story that originally ran in the Onalaska-Holmen Courier-Life on August 21, 2013.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Buckinghams looking forward to Chicago homecoming concert at Arcada Theatre

“Today was a special day for The Buckinghams; it was great to be home again,” said Carl Giammarese, lead singer and one of the founding members of the classic rock band that got its start on the stages of Chicago’s “very own” television station, WGN-TV as, once again, they were guests today on WGN’s “Midday News,” in advance of their American Pop concert series appearance, together with the Grass Roots, when they perform at the historic Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, Saturday, May 11, at 8 pm.
The Buckinghams on WGN's Midday News, Thur., May 2, with music preview of Chicago concert with Grass Roots at Arcada Theatre May 11.BML Ltd., used with permission For the full story and to see a slideshow, read the full story on (Click here).

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Buckinghams Come to Osceola on April 26

Central Iowa Music Scene Examiner Charles Walton previewed the upcoming concert by The Buckinghams in Iowa, on April 24, 2013.
"Sixties pop/rock sensations The Buckinghams will make a tour stop at Terrible's Lakeside Casino (777 Casino Drive) in Osceola on Friday, April 26. The show is slated to start at 8 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $10, $15, or $20, and they may be purchased online through Red Truck Tickets. The Buckinghams got their start in 1966 in Chicago, Illinois, By the end of the very next year, the band had become one of the top-selling bands in the nation."
Thanks, Charles, for covering our concert in Iowa! Check out his complete preview here.