Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Buckinghams Visit Ground Zero, New York City, November 2014

We were in Morristown, NJ on Thursday night and had the day off on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, so we traveled to Ground Zero in NYC to pay tribute and remember those for whom this beautiful tribute was constructed. It is breathtaking, solemn, respectful, and magnificent as a memorial. The photos of us were taken by one of New York's Finest, and we appreciate him for that and for what he does every day.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Civic Leaders, Elected Officials, and The Buckinghams Party Like Rock Stars for a Good Cause

The Buckinghams are uniquely positioned as a rock band, beloved by Baby Boomers and the new Millennials alike. Politics aside, everyone who is running for office wants their guests to have a great time when they put on a fund-raiser. To read more about how The Buckinghams are invited to entertain at some of the most exciting political and civic fundraisers,
In 2005 The Buckinghams were invited to headline the Illinois Bipartisan Agricultural Ball for the inauguration of President George W. Bush. Two guests that night were the junior Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, and his wife Michelle, who enjoyed dancing to the music. In 2009, The Buckinghams were invited to return as headliners for the Illinois Bipartisan Agricultural Ball for the inauguration of President Barack H. Obama. The opportunity to play these political galas stemmed from a dynamic political leader who is not an elected official but is instead a beloved son of Chicago himself, Terrance A. (Terry) Duffy, who is the Executive Chairman and President of the CME Group.
Mr. Duffy throws frequent fund-raising events and entertains dignitaries and political leaders from all over the country. One of Mr. Duffy's favored candidates is U.S. Speaker John Boehner (R), 8th Congressional District of Ohio. To read the full story on
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Carl Giammarese's Salute to the Jackie Robinson West Little League Baseball Team

The pride of Chicago’s South Side, the Jackie Robinson West Little League Baseball team, is deserving of best wishes and congratulations for their outstanding achievement in becoming the 2014 U.S.Champions in the Little League World Series.
Photo courtesy of Chicago's web site

Little did these youngsters dream, when they picked up their first baseball, after having watched their first Cubs or White Sox game, that they’d be the ones to represent our city to the rest of the United States and be named “the best of the best”! Respect and thanks go out to each of the parents and the families of the young players and the tremendous coaching staff who have sacrificed hours, days, weeks, months and years being mentors to these wonderful children. Jackie Robinson made such a sterling contribution to the sport that we love, so it’s fitting that our Chicagoland youth bear the name of America’s favorite #42. So often we divide our city by geography as South, North or West suburbs or the direction of shore we’re from. Today, this week, this month, this season, indeed it’s South Side talent that brought honor to all of Chicagoland, and our entire city is proud of our talented young team.

Even though they didn’t win against South Korea,the team brought such distinction and honor to the United States as well, as they represented our nation professionally and played with composure and skill far beyond their young ages. It’s said that 800,000 people in Chicago watched the game this past weekend, which is almost three times bigger than the attendance for Beyonce’s concert, which supposedly 300,000 people watched. There’s no question that the 11- and 12-year-olds on the Jackie Robinson West All Stars have captured the imaginations and hearts of Chicagoans across the city. On Wednesday, they’re going to get the parade of a lifetime for our city to celebrate their accomplishments. If you want to know where the parade route is, check out the local news web sites.

Congratulations and thanks are due to everyone involved with the Jackie Robinson West All Stars. You are U.S. Little League Champion Players, yes, we claim you in the hearts of Chicagoland, first, and we salute you.

Carl Giammarese

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Buckinghams at Jubilee Days 2014, in the Village of Bolingbrook, in Bolingbrook, Illinois

Our friend Karen Materik and a few of her friends came to one of The Buckinghams' favorite places to play--the Village of Bolingbrook. These are the pictures she took. Bolingbrook Mayor Roger C. Claar knows how to throw a party, no doubt about it.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Great Memories of The Buckinghams at Bolingbrook Jubilee, August, 2014

One of the biggest highlights for The Buckinghams is to be able to get off the road and perform in their hometown, where fans who've loved them since the beginning drive over, as well as many longtime fans will cross state lines just to get to the great kind of party that Bolingbrook throws. There's not just two generations of fans here; recently a little one-year-old fan was sporting a t-shirt that said, "Future drummer." Why not? Everyone loves the drummer, right, Rocky?
Here's the entertainment lineup from Sunday: Sunday, August 17, 2014
Event & Stage Entertainment Schedule Food and Beer - Noon - 10:00pm Jaycees Carnival - Noon - 10:00pm Jaycees Bingo - Noon - 10:00pm Craft Show - Noon - 6:00pm
On The Performing Arts Stage Efenemcy - 12:00pm - 1:30pm Neighbor John - 2:00pm - 3:30pm The Cover Girls (Violin Show) - 4:00pm - 5:30pm; Glamour Girls with Rockstar Attitude--Fresh, flirty and fun, the CoverGirls Violin Show is a colorful, high-energy musical revue of the greatest pop and rock hits from the Beatles to Beyonce, all performed on the CoverGirls' signature purple electric violins. Bob West (Elvis) - 6:00pm - 7:30pm; A self-admitted “bit of a chameleon, Bob West's Elvis Tribute consists of an energetic combination of songs from the 1950's, 1960's, movie Era. '69 Comeback and Vegas/Touring concert Style Show.
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The Buckinghams - 8:00pm - 10:00pm The Buckinghams
From Chicago's Holiday Ballroom to America's living room on The Ed Sullivan Show, across the USA and in the White House, The Buckinghams have stayed true to their Chicago roots. Audiences and critics have affirmed the demand for the music of The Buckinghams, proving that success is sweeter the second time around. Original founding members Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna continue to deliver a powerful replay of their hits and solid gold memories.
Thanks to Joni Cohen, we have some great photos from August 17, 2014 when the annual Bolingbrook (IL) Jubilee started on August 15-17. His honor, Mayor Roger Claar came to the stage to introduce The Buckinghams and he came bearing gifts. In fact, Mayor Claar brought out a big birthday cake with some (err, a few) candles to celebrate a little early with Carl Giammarese, lead singer and founding member of The Buckinghams, together with some good-natured ribbing from original member Nick Fortuna, as always.
Dave Zane on guitar and vocals!
(L)The Buckinghams horns, or Buckinghorns, Carlo Isabelli (Trumpet), Charles Morgan (trombone), and Rich Moore (sax), with Nick Fortuna groovin' (R)Here's Carl, Dave and Nick singing "This Boy" issued originally by The Beatles. Bolingbrook, Illinois sure does know how to throw a party! Thanks to everyone who came out (and all of you filled up the hill), as these photos by Susan Rakis shows: Thanks to Joni and Susan for the photos. If it's a fun summerfest, it's The Buckinghams and their friends getting together.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Details on the Upcoming Oneonta, New York Groovin' the 60s Concert

The ticket link is up for the Groovin' the 60s concert on Saturday, October 4, 2014, in Oneonta, New York.
It's going to be a great night with The Buckinghams, Gary Puckett, Christi Copeland and the Hartwick College Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jason Leo Curley. Arrangements and show concept by Mariano Longo and directed by Las Vegas' own Jeanne Bavaro. Don't miss this night. Presented by Orchestral Events. Check out for tickets.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Exciting Preview of Upcoming "Groovin' the 60s" Concerts in New York

In October, Buckinghams' fans within driving distance of Oneonta, New York and North Tonawanda, New York, will have two chances to see and hear the fantastic "Groovin' the 60s' Evening" starring The Buckinghams, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, and singer/comedienne, Christi Copeland.

Audiences in North Carolina saw the debut of The Buckinghams' new arrangements for orchestra and symphony, and in February, 2014, Chicago was the debut town for this special night of music you've loved for a lifetime.

If you haven't seen this show, you haven't seen THIS show before, even if you've seen The Buckinghams and Gary Puckett The popular "Groovin' the 60s" concert is not your typical double-bill night of rock and roll songs only by the bands you know and love. That would, of course, be worth seeing, but this fall, you'll have two chances to see this show. Mark your calendars for October:

Sat 10/04/14Oneonta, NYOneonta Theatre
Sun 10/05/14North Tonawanda, NYRiviera Theatre and Performing Arts Center

Produced by Orchestral Events, arranger/conductor Mariano Longo has developed phenomenal arrangements of so many hits from the 1960s in a new show directed by Las Vegas talent, Jeanne Bavaro, and it's a must-see.  You'll see the show with a full orchestra and it will be the highlight of your New York leaf-changing tours if you time it just right.

Watched the video? Get your tickets early! 

Tickets are on sale now for the beautiful Riviera Theatre and Performing Arts Center. 
Click the following link to get your tickets now:

Next week, we'll share a link for tickets to the Oneonta Theatre.

Do you have The Buckinghams' latest CD, "FlashBack!" yet? Order your copy today!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

In memoriam, Rose J. Fortuna

It is with sadness and great respect that we share the passing of Nick Fortuna's beloved mother, Rose. Here from the Chicago Sun is her obituary tribute. Rose J. Fortuna Obituary
Fortuna, Rose Josephine (nee Coffaro) Age 97. Beloved wife of the late Anthony; loving mother of Frank (Lynn), Nick, and Anthony (Cammy); cherished grandmother of Mark (Tina), Karen (Mario) Alfonso, Tony (Katherine), Nick V., Dimitri; and great-grandmother of 8; dearest sister of the late Vince Coffaro, the late Esther (the late Tony) Pusateri, Katherine (the late Accurso) Solano, Grace (the late Reno) Quilici; loving sister-in-law of Marie (the late Sam) Fortuna; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. Visitation Friday, August 1, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Skaja Terrace Funeral Home, 7812 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles, IL.

Funeral Saturday 10:15 a.m. to St. John Brebeuf Church for 11:00 a.m. Mass. Entombment All Saints Mausoleum. Rose was a seamstress graduate from Washburne Trade School. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Rainbow Hospice appreciated. Funeral info: 847-966-7302 or Published in Chicago Sun-Times on July 30, 2014 - See more at:

To share condolences with Nick, you can write him directly at

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ron Onesti and co-host Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams on "Backstage with Ron Onesti" on WGN-FM

One of the nice things about two Chicago guys getting together to talk is that it usually involves good food, to go along with the good conversation. Chicagoland boasts one of the best food groups in the world, the group being "hot dogs." A Chicago dog may involve a lot of things. Here's a periodic table that helps you with the condiments of what goes into a 'real' Chicago dog:

                                                       Courtesy of Vienna Beef

So when Ron Onesti and Carl Giammarese got together, where else would be a great spot for a Sunday afternoon than Gene & Jude's, located at 2720 River Road, River Grove, IL 60171 ( Now check out all the restaurant reviews online and see where Gene & Jude's uses the natural casing Vienna Beef dog, and then follow the instructions on the table above when you live out of state, or make sure to put this place on your list the next time you're in Chicagoland for a visit.

But you can't have the dog without the fries. The discussion of french fries is also what Carl and Ron talk about, in addition to rock and roll music and good times.

If you missed the original broadcast, of Jul. 11, 2014, listen to a clip here, courtesy of WGN-FM.

Photo courtesy of Onesti Entertainment, Used with permission.

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