Saturday, July 31, 2021

Summer Travels with The Buckinghams: Palace Theatre, Greensburg, PA

After a 19-month hiatus from road trips Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna traveled to Greensburg, PA, to join the Happy Together Tour 2021 in progress for the first of four dates this summer.

These concerts had been originally scheduled for 2020 but we all know what happened to live music last year.

This year, audiences have been even more effusive, excited, and complimentary about the chance to see live performances again. The familiar lyric from Joni Mitchell rings true: “You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.” (Joni Mitchell, “Big Yellow Taxi”).

The lineup for this concert included The Turtles (Mark Volman and Ron Dante), The Association, The Buckinghams, and The Cowsills. Because the tour had to cancel their entire 2020 year, the Happy Together Tour is now in their 12th anniversary year, as the first 25th anniversary of the first tour was in 2010.

Featured here is a series of songs performed by Carl and Nick at the beautiful, historic Palace Theatre, built in 1926 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. The theatre seats 1300 guests and it is one reason that the Happy Together Tour always includes this venue on their annual locations because so many people will come to see this popular show.

The Buckinghams are most appreciative to singer Gary Puckett for taking the videos of their performance at the Palace Theatre. Gary was in town having appeared nearby a previous day, and he would be soon joining up with the Happy Together Tour in Waukegan, Illinois. He had the night off so he came to see his friends perform and we’re all thankful for the videos!

Next concert: Friday August 6, City Festival at Elmwood Park, Illinois! Check out the next story here.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Sneak Preview of New Single from Carl Giammarese and Lisa McClowry

Especially for fans of The Buckinghams as well as song stylist Lisa McClowry, we’re excited to share a sneak peek of their latest vocal collaboration. A unique rendition of the sultry duet by Sting and Melody Gardot, “Little Something” is the latest launch by Carl and Lisa.

You’ll recall this duo recently released a new version of a signature Buckinghams’ song, “Don’t You Care.” Fans embraced it a powerful remake of the James Holvay and Gary Beisbier composition, noting it brought new excitement and life to a beloved Buckinghams’ standard hit. Both composers both offered high compliments to Lisa for her unique arrangement and the blending of Giammarese and McClowry voices.

Buckinghams'fans have embraced hearing Carl Giammarese’s full vocal range on contemporary songs. It's easy to forget his career success in the 1970s singing as part of a duo (Tufano & Giammarese) and 1980s work as a successful Chicago-based jingle singer. Lisa McClowry has found success and career work in jingles in Chicago as well, at a different time, among many song genres as well, and yet behind the scenes is not where either of these singers belong. Nor do they belong categorized in just one genre of music

You’ll be able to hear the entire song when it debuts soon, and sources say there’s a video en route soon, too.

And you thought it was just going to be a long, hot summer of boredom waiting until concert tours started back up again. We beg to differ.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Intimate Dining and Fine Wine Concert—An Evening With Jim Peterik And Carl Giammarese

Don’t wait until “Later” to get your tickets for one of the best evenings of entertainment that’s perfect for date night.

On Monday, August 16, hometown audiences will enjoy a great time with two of Chicago’s true gems in classic rock, Jim Peterik (Ides of March) and Carl Giammarese (The Buckinghams).

Who better than these hometown boys to share music and memories from classic rock gems that Baby Boomers embrace still to this day?

After a hectic weekend of trying to make everyone's summer vacation perfect, you deserve an evening out, just to kick back, take a deep breath, and restore yourself.

Hit songs are Jim Peterik’s calling card, whether “You Wouldn’t Listen,” “Vehicle” and “LA Goodbye” by The Ides of March, cowriter of “Hold on Loosely,” “Caught up in You,” and “Rockin’ into the Night” (38 Special), “Eye of the Tiger” (Survivor), as well as collaborations with the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, among so many others.

Carl Giammarese is the founding member of The Buckinghams who, daily, continues to craft the continuing onstage presence of hits the Chicago natives made famous—for over 60 years now. Touring nationally and internationally full time since 1982 Carl, Nick and their band continue to keep the music of the 60s and 70s alive, with a solid foundation of hit songs by iconic collaborators James Holvay and Gary Beisbier.

From the day Holvay’s composition, “Kind of a Drag” hit the airwaves, radio listeners propelled it to the #1 position, besting The Monkees’ “I’m a Believer,” and two weeks later, bested by The Rolling Stones’ “Ruby Tuesday”—The Buckinghams were no longer a Chicago band. They were, in fact, a national act and remain so to this day.

Jim and Carl debuted their newly “Intimate Evening” creation recently to two sold-out audiences in June, so already there’s a great buzz for City Winery fans for this event. You’ll hear the songs and the stories, learn things you never knew about these performers and the music business, all in the perfect presence of one of Chicago’s most popular entertainment venues.

Tickets are on sale today (Click here).

Doors open at 6pm; the show begins at 8pm. Check out the menu here; you have the option of arriving early to dine, or if you're just in time for the concert, you can order food and drinks from your seat at any time. Also performing are Bruce Soboroff (with Carl) and Colin Peterik (with Jim) on keyboards. Here’s a sample from their debut two months ago.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

After 16 Months, The Buckinghams Return to Concerts, Bound for Odawa Casino on July 2nd

Has it really been 16 months since you've seen The Buckinghams in concert? Yes, it has! On March 6, 2020, the band America invited The Buckinghams to join them for a sold-out crowd at the beautiful Genessee Theatre in Waukegan, IL. The acoustic evening proved to be a crowd pleaser, one that will be reprised next year.

And then, the entertainment industry came to a fast halt as the nation battled COVID-19 and set forward to keeping people safe while vaccines were developed that helped us put the pieces of our worlds back together.

The beauty of the healing power of music is that it is, finally, available wherever we look for it, beginning tomorrow, Friday, July 2, for fans of The Buckinghams, at the dynamic Odawa Casino in Petrosky, Michigan.

Nestled in a beautiful resort area of the state, the beautiful Ovation Hall can accommodate a large crowd of music lovers safely. It's anticipated that people will be rushing to Petrosky to hear their favorite rock band in concert.

Tickets are only $20 per person and you can obtain them here. Doors open at 7:00pm and the concert begins at 8:00pm.

Although August is filled with concerts that were rescheduled from earlier dates, there's only one more concert date in July, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, on 7/30 at the Palace Theatre. As a reminder, the 7/30 concert is a Happy Together Tour makeup concert for which The Buckinghams were booked to appear originally in 2020. On that evening Carl and Nick will be joining The Turtles, The Cowsills, Mitch Ryder, The Classics IV, and The Association. Tickets available here for the Elko Concerts production. Don't hesitate to rejoin the music celebration back in concert with The Buckinghams!