Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Happy Together, 2014 - The Hit List

The 2014 Line-Up of The Happy Together Tour has amassed an INCREDIBLE 30 Top Ten Hits between them ... and nearly TWICE that many (56) made The Billboard  Top 40.  (In fact, SEVEN of these records went all the way to #1!!!)

You'd be hard pressed to find a more impressive list!  And you can catch all five artists together on the very same stage as part of this year's tour.  (Scroll back to yesterday's posting for all the latest concert information.)


 #1 - JOY TO THE WORLD - Three Dog Night (#1)
 #2 - HAPPY TOGETHER - The Turtles  (#1)
 #3 - THIS DIAMOND RING - Gary Lewis and the Playboys (#1)
 #4 - WE'RE AN AMERICAN BAND - Grand Funk Railroad  (#1)
 #5 - MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME - Three Dog Night  (#1)
 #6 - THE LOCO-MOTION - Grand Funk Railroad  (#1)
 #7 - BLACK AND WHITE - Three Dog Night  (#1)
 #8 - SAVE YOUR HEART FOR ME - Gary Lewis and the Playboys  (#2)

 #9 - COUNT ME IN - Gary Lewis and the Playboys  (#2)
#10 - SHE'D RATHER BE WITH ME - The Turtles  (#3)

#11 - Some Kind Of Wonderful - Grand Funk Railroad  (#3)
#12 - She's Just My Style - Gary Lewis and the Playboys  (#3)
#13 - Shambala - Three Dog Night  (#3)
#14 - Easy To Be Hard - Three Dog Night  (#4)
#15 - Bad Time - Grand Funk Railroad  (#4)

#16 - Everybody Loves A Clown - Gary Lewis and the Playboys  (#4)
#17 - An Old Fashioned Love Song - Three Dog Night  (#4)
#18 - Devil With A Blue Dress On and Good Golly Miss Molly (Medley) - Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels ( #4)
#19 - The Show Must Go On - Three Dog Night  (#4)
#20 - One - Three Dog Night  (#5)

#21 - Never Been To Spain - Three Dog Night  (#5)
#22 - You Showed Me - The Turtles  (#6)

#23 - Elenore - The Turtles  (#6)
#24 - Sock It To Me Baby - Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels  (#6)

#25 - Liar - Three Dog Night  (#7)
#26 - It Ain't Me Babe - The Turtles  (#8)
#27 - Green Grass - Gary Lewis and the Playboys  (#8)
#28 - Sure Gonna Miss Her - Gary Lewis and the Playboys  (#9)
#29 - Jenny Take A Ride - Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels  (#10)
#30 - Eli's Coming - Three Dog Night  (#10)

#31 - Shinin' On - Grand Funk Railroad  (#11)
#32 - You Know What I Mean - The Turtles  (#12)
#33 - The Family Of Man - Three Dog Night  (#12)

#34 - My Heart's Symphony - Gary Lewis and the Playboys  (#13)
#35 - She's My Girl - The Turtles  (#14)
#36 - Celebrate - Three Dog Night  (#15)
#37 - Out In The Country - Three Dog Night  (#15)
#38 - You Don't Have To Paint Me A Picture - Gary Lewis and the Playboys  (#15)
#39 - Sure As I'm Sittin' Here - Three Dog Night  (#16)
#40 - Let Me Serenade You - Three Dog Night  (#17)

Pieces Of April - Three Dog Night
Walk Like A Man - Grand Funk Railroad
You Baby - The Turtles
Try A Little Tenderness - Three Dog Night
Footstompin' Music - Grand Funk Railroad
Closer To Home - Grand Funk Railroad
Little Latin Lupe Lu - Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels

Monday, July 28, 2014

Happy Together - 2014

It's nearly that time of year again!   

The Happy Together Tour is heading into the Chicagoland Area on Friday, August 22nd ... and once again, we're looking forward to catching some of the biggest stars of the '60's and '70's at The Paramount Theatre in Auora, IL.

There'll be a couple of brand new editions this year ... joining The Happy Together Tour Line-Up for the very first time are Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels!

Returning from last year's line up are Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night and (of course), Flo and Eddie ... aka The Turtles ... who've been spear-heading this rock and roll extravaganza for DECADES now!!!

The Happy Together Tour has been playing to satisfied, sold-out audiences all over the country since June 7th ... and there are still plenty of chances left to catch these guys when they head into YOUR neighborhood!  (Including SIX shows this week alone!!!)   

July 29 - State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey  
July 30 - Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington, West Virginia 
July 31 – Centennial Terrace in Sylvania, Ohio    
August 1 - Tennessee Performing Arts Center / Polk Theater in Nashville, Tennessee   
August 2 - DTE Energy Music Theater, Clarkston, Michigan
August 3 - Wisconsin State Fair / Main Stage in West Allis, Wisconsin   
August 4 - The Sanford Center, Bemidji, Minnesota
August 6 - Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Kettering, Ohio   
August 7 - Hard Rock Live in Northfield, Ohio   
August 8 - Iowa State Fair / Grandstand in Des Moines, Iowa   
August 9 - The Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri   
August 10 - Peoria Civic Center (Theatre) in Peoria, Illinois   
August 12 - Indiana State Fair / Marsh Free Stage in Indianapolis, Indiana   
August 14 - Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center, Midland, Texas
August 15 - Stafford Centre, Stafford, Texas
August 16 - Greenville Municipal Auditorium, Greenville, Texas
August 20 - Effingham Performance Center in Effingham, Illinois   
August 21 - Kentucky State Fair / Fairgrounds Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky   
August 22 - Paramount Arts Centre in Aurora, Illinois 
August 23 - Ho-Chunk Gaming, Black River Falls, Wisconsin
August 24 - Club Regent Casino in Winnipeg, MB, Canada  
August 25 - Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul, Minnesota  
August 27 - Colorado State Fair / Events Center in Pueblo, Colorado 



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Featuring ... FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY! 
CHUCK NEGRON formerly of Three Dog Night, 
MARK FARNER formerly of Grand Funk Railroad,

Back by popular demand, The Happy Together Tour, 2014 - this year starring The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, Gary Lewis & The Playboys and Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels - makes its fourth annual Chicago-area stop, one-night-only, Friday, August 22 at 8 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora.  Tickets are only $59.50. 

For tickets and information, visit ParamountAurora.com, call the Paramount box office at (630) 896-6666, or purchase in person at the Paramount Theatre box office, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Be there, preferably in full tie-dye, when Flo & Eddie sing all of their great Turtles classics including, of course, the tour's title song "Happy Together." Don't miss Chuck Negron belt out "Joy to the World" and other rockin' hits by Three Dog Night. Mark Farner will be "Your Captain" through the Grand Funk Railroad set. There's Gary Lewis & The Playboys with their "Diamond Ring," and no rock-n-roll show would be complete without Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels cranking "Devil With the Blue Dress On."     

Happy Together audiences truly feel and see the soundtrack of their youth as they're transported back in time, jamming to hit-after-classic-hit such as "We're An American Band," "Some Kind of Wonderful," "Good Golly Miss Molly," "Mama Told Me Not To Come"and many more. Multi-media highlights are woven throughout the show to reference the era of the music, the best pop rock of the 60s and 70s.
Get happy before the show at Paramount's Season Kick Off Party
The 2014-15 season is Paramount's biggest in its 83-year history, with more than 300,000 patrons expected to pass through the theater's Grand Gallery lobby on their way to enjoying nearly 300 performances. So Paramount plans to kick off its new season with a big Season Kick Off Party from 5 to 7 p.m. Your $10 ticket, purchased separately, includes samples of amazing cuisine from area restaurants. Paramount's biggest fans will browse awesome silent auctions items, including several behind-the-scene packages. Cash bar available.   

The Season Kick Off Party and Happy Together Tour at Paramount are sponsored by CBK Global Enterprises.                                                                                             
More about The Happy Together Tour 2014    

According to Mark Farner, formerly of Grand Funk Railroad, "I am proud to be suckin' air and still able to do what I love doing. Rock has a grip on my soul and our fans rally to the call and bring it out of our innermost being time after time. DAMN that's GOOD! I know for a fact that Mitch Ryder, Gary Lewis, Chuck Negron, Flo and Eddie and myself will certainly be Happy Together this summer!"

Mark Volman of The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie, added "This Happy Together Tour is the strongest and most rocking summer we've had so far. The artists who are with us make us excited to get started and the audience is in for a great night of music and memories."

"Happy Together" by The Turtles hit #1 on the charts in 1967 (displacing the Beatles' "Penny Lane") and remains a staple on classic rock radio to this day. Although their biggest hit and signature song, it's just one of their nine Top 40 singles, which includes such popular songs as "She'd Rather Be With Me," "Elenore," "You Showed Me" and "It Ain't Me Babe." For more information, visit theturtles.com.

The Turtles - Happy Together - 1967

Chuck Negron co-founded the hugely popular, multi-platinum band Three Dog Night in 1967. The group went on to become one of the most successful bands of the late 60s and early 70s with 21 Top 40 hits and three number one songs including "Joy to the World," "Black and White" and "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)." The band's first gold record was "One," which featured Negron on lead vocals as did "Joy to the World" and many other of the band's biggest hits including "Old Fashioned Love Song." chucknegron.com

Chuck Negron Joy to the World 
Las Vegas Show, 2013

Mark Farner originally from Flint Michigan and of Cherokee ancestry, is best known as the lead singer and lead guitarist for Grand Funk Railroad, as well as the songwriter for most of their material. His best-known composition is the 1970 epic "I'm Your Captain (Closer to Home)." Grand Funk's "We're An American Band" reached No. 1 on the Hot 100 on Farner's 25th birthday on September 29, 1973. Farner also played on such Grand Funk hits as "Some Kind of Wonderful" and "The Loco-motion," toured with Ringo Starr's Allstars in the 90s, and later established himself as a contemporary Christian musician. markfarner.com

Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad) - 
The Locomotion

It was 1964 when Gary Lewis & The Playboys were discovered by producer Snuff Garrett. By the following year, they had a song go straight to the top of the charts called "This Diamond Ring." After their second hit "Count Me In" went to number two, the band followed with more Top 10 songs like "Save Your Heart for Me," "Everybody Loves A Clown," "She's Just My Style" and "Sure Gonna Miss Her." In 1965, Lewis was Cash Box magazine's "Male Vocalist of the Year" and the first and only artist during the 60s to have his first seven releases reach Billboard Top 10 on the Hot 100 chart. garylewisandtheplayboys.com

Gary Lewis & The Playboys - 
This Diamond Ring 

High octane, turbo, high performance, super charged Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels didn't need to hail from the Motor City for those adjectives to be tossed their way, but it was Mitch and The Wheels who served as the musical bridge between the Motown soul factory and the high energy, take no prisoners rock 'n' roll that would roar out of Detroit. The band recorded several hit records  in the mid to late 60s, most notably "Devil with the Blue Dress On," their highest-charting single at number 4, as well as "Sock It to Me-Baby!,"a number 6 hit in 1967, and "Jenny Take a Ride!", which reached number 10 in 1965.  mitchryder.net     
Devil with the Blue Dress - Mitch Ryder

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Sunday Comments ( 07 - 27 - 14 )

Here's a little tribute to Paul Revere - get well soon!

It was pretty obvious at the Arcada show that Paul Revere was not in the best of health.  We hate to see our rock and roll heroes fall but let's face it, he's not a young man ... and he's spent nearly his entire life out on the road making people happy.  Anyone who has ever seen one of his shows has come away in brighter spirits ... and for that, we thank you, Paul Revere.
Our FH Buddy (and Raiders Drummer) Tommy Scheckel has played with a lot of artists over the years and says he has NEVER worked with anyone who appreciates their fans more than Paul Revere.
Paul is all about not letting down fans and promoters.  He is a one of a kind entertainer, a true original and he makes magic on a stage and has total control. Knows just how to press those buttons, man!
Thanks for the well wishes ... I'll pass them along.

Our FH Buddy Joel Whitburn has some INCREDIBLE deals running right now ... offering MAJOR savings on some of his most popular Record Research chart books.  But you've got to act quickly ... this offer expires on July 31st! 
Check out the link below ... EVERY single one of these is a valuable research tool ... a day doesn't go by when we don't refer to at least a few of them!  (kk)  
Click here: A Dozen Deals!     

Speaking of The Billboard Charts, here's a link you've just GOT to check out ... but prepared to invest HOURS and HOURS of your life surfing around. 
It's called The Nostalgia Machine ... and not only does it list The Top 100 Songs from every year (1960 - 2013!), culled from Billboard's Year-End Charts, but it also offers a video clip for each selection!  You'll definitely want to bookmark this one ... and come back again and again.  VERY well done ... and an absolute MUST for chart-a-holics like us!  (kk) Click here: The Nostalgia Machine    

And, in other Billboard chart action, last week we told you that it looked like Weird Al Yankovic was going to score his very first #1 Album.  Well, he pulled it off ... but check this out ... he beat Jason Mraz out of the top spot by EIGHT units!!!  (I doubt that there has EVER been a closer battle for #1 Album honors!)  Meanwhile, Al says this is likely his last LP ... he'll just do random downloads in the future since that's what people are buying these days.  Releasing eight straight brand new videos certainly didn't hurt his cause ... some of these earned close to ten million views in a matter of days, propelling his album to the top of the charts!  (kk)   

Fascinating site, man! 
I was the original PD at KIIS-AM / FM, switching it to Top 40 in early 70's. What a ride. Worked there 3 different times; the last time stayed 15 years!
Do you have any info on  a 45 called "NEXT PLANE TO LONDON" by THE ROSE GARDEN? 
Don Elliot  
I remember covering this song a few times in Forgotten Hits, (a great track, by the way, that I heard on that WCFL station we plugged last weekend), most recently because a rumor started circulating that the opening voice over the airport loud speaker belonged to comedian Steve Martin, before he made it.  We ultimately proved that it wasn't him ... but it SURE does SOUND like him when you have that thought in mind!  (kk)  
The voice for the airport announcer is me on the front and middle of the song and there's a whole story that goes with it about how the reverb was broken in the studio at Nashville West next to KHJ on Melrose in Hollywood -- and I hung a Telefunken mic in the men's room to get the echo.  It was recorded on an Ampex 4- track by Engineer Charlie Underwood. 
Originally the voice was supposed to be that of Sam Riddle, a KHJ Boss Jock who is also the TV host of the show called 9th St., West, later when I'm to put a show together called Star Search. We have been best friends for years working K rock together in the beginning. 
-- Sincerely,  
Don Elliot   

Kent ...  
Have you ever heard this story before?  I was listening to Scott Shannon the other day.  They were talking about the song "Mac Arthur Park."  A listener wrote in with this comment -- 
"Someone left the cake out in the rain and we'll never have that recipe again." 
It's supposed to be about a man who lost his wife and child during birth. Scott said he never heard that before.  I say I never heard that before. What do you say?  
Frank B. 
There are VERY few songs that I actually detest ... but this is one of them ... GROSSLY over-rated in my opinion (and always has been as far as I'm concerned.)  In a rare instance, I actually like the Donna Summer disco-version of this song over any other that I've ever heard ... that is if I have to listen to it at all. 
Nevertheless, no, I've never heard that story before.  Songwriter Jimmy Webb (who wrote the tune ... so I figure HE should know) says that the inspiration for the song came from the relationship and breakup between Webb and Susan Horton.  Mac Arthur Park (in Los Angeles) was where the two occasionally met for lunch and spent their most enjoyable times together.  In fact, he has gone on record to state that their breakup was also the inspiration for his tune "By The Time I Get To Phoenix".  As for someone leaving the cake out in the rain (I HATE when that happens!), Webb says that the lyric was meant to be symbolic and referred to the end of a love affair. 
Webb first pitched the song to The Association, who turned it down.  Although numerous artists have recorded the song over the years, the HIT version belongs to actor Richard Harris, who took it all the way to #2 in 1968.  (The song was written in 1965 as, what Webb envisioned, a HUGE symphonic piece!  Coming in at 7 1/2 minutes, it paved the way for longer music to gain airplay on Top 40 AM Radio.  (The Beatles would soon top the chart with "Hey Jude", a 7:11 masterpiece of their own!) 
Webb described the song this way to journalist Geoff Boucher:
"In mid-1965, I was absolutely besotted with my girlfriend at the time. MacArthur Park was where we met for lunch and paddleboat rides and feeding the ducks. She worked across the street at a life insurance company." 
The breakup left Webb reeling ... and writing. "I also wrote 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix' about her, but I never even got as far as Riverside. But I lost her. She married some other guy. We're still friends. Her name is Susan Ronstadt" (a cousin to singer Linda Ronstadt.) 
"Those lyrics were all very real to me; there was nothing psychedelic about it to me. The cake, it was an available object. It was what I saw in the park at the birthday parties. But people have very strong reactions to the song. There's been a lot of intellectual venom."  (kk)

Man, I just LOVE it when all the planets align!!!  The VERY next email I opened came from FH Reader Clark Besch, who sent THIS in ... 
Here's an FH that was remembered in full glory last night ... 

Now ... what are the odds?!?!  Check out this clip ... and make sure you stay for those last few notes!!!  Amazing!  (kk)
Hi Kent!
I loved your “Forgotten Hits with No Strings Attached” post with my favorites being James & Bobby Purify’s “I’m Your Puppet” and that rarely heard Chairmen of the Board track . You could have also added Sandie Shaw’s massive British hit “Puppet on a String” to the list as well to show what was going on on the other side of the Atlantic.
Speaking of the other side of the Atlantic, I wonder if there is a site or radio station devoted to mainly British oldies. One that not only concentrates on well known British Invasion (or Beat Boom as it was known in the UK) artists, but also lesser known UK artists and many Pre-Beatle era British pop artists. The reason I ask this is because of my interest in 1960’s British rock & roll but also pre-Beatle era Britpop as well (much of my record collecting these days concentrates mainly on Sixties British rock and pop).
Keep up the good work on your blog!
Mr. Kelly Izaj of Pittsburgh, Pa.
With the wealth of variety offered through Internet Radio these days, I'm sure there must be SEVERAL stations specializing in this type of music ... I just personally don't know of any ... but I'll betcha some of our readers do.  Stay tuned!  (kk)

It was a hot Saturday night in Palmdale for "Merrell Fankhauser And Friends" ... A Great 60's Night In The Desert! We had a very enthusiastic crowd, some fans I hadn't seen in over 40 years !  Bassist Jim Ferguson of Merrell And The Exiles played on a few songs with us. There was even a lady there that went to High School with Beefheart & Zappa !  It was a big success!
Best Always,

Picker Woodroof's photo. 
Sounds like you guys had a GREAT time!  Thanks for sharing, Merrell!  (You'll find lots of live performances ... as well as clips from Merrell's TV Show "The Tiki Lounge" on YouTube!)  kk   

A Forgotten Hits Reader just sent in this link to a brand new interview with Denny Tedesco, Producer of the excellent Wrecking Crew documentary ... 
Just in case you didn't know about this, I thought I'd let you know.
It's very recent -- this week, I believe.

I was at a private meet and greet with the Blackhawks Alumni on Saturday during the convention. It was great ... there were about 20 of the old members from the Standby’s club (the old fan club dating back to the 40’s) and about 11 past players. Chet Coppock was there and I went up and said that we had a mutual friend, namely you. Well, that opened up the flood gates and he couldn’t say enough about you and started to talk, of course, about his connection to the New Colony Six, etc. So I kind of have a new friend.  Attached is the photo we took together. 
Georgiann Burke

Very cool ... I believe Chet is a genuine fan of what we do here in Forgotten Hits ... a short while back, he, Ray Graffia, Jr. (of The New Colony Six) and I hammed it up pre-show at The Arcada Theatre, doing our very best doo-wop pose!  (Pretty cool under the lights, eh???)  kk

Now THIS is really odd!!!  Here's a song and artist I'd never heard of before ... and now they've come up TWICE in the last couple of weeks!
Last week as part of our Saturday Surveys feature we ran a track called "All's Quiet On West 23rd" by Julie Budd ... Forgotten Hits Reader Clark Besch (who sent us both the survey and the sound clip) told us a little bit about how Julie was being groomed to be "the next Barbra Streisand" ... and now I just got THIS email from long-time FH Reader Ronnie Allen ...
My next interview show for my Jersey Girls Sing website will likely be in August with Julie Budd, a singer who never had a big hit but whose work I've admired for so many years. Her only Hot 100 entry was under the name "Julie"; it was her 1976 recording of "One Fine Day," which peaked at #93. Her 1968 recording of "All's Quiet On West 23rd" -- inspired by the Kitty Genovese killing that occurred four years earlier -- should have become a big hit but did not because of the reluctance of radio to play what was understandably a controversial recording.
Ronnie Allen
Let us know when you've got this posted, Ronnie, and we'll be sure to pass the info along.  (kk)   

Speaking of The Saturday Surveys ...  

Hi Kent!
I enjoy the Saturday Surveys, especially the one from KDKA-AM 1020. I have one theory why the Montclairs’ “Happy Feet” was a Top Five single here in Pittsburgh during that time. Some of the DJ’s at KDKA were using “Happy Feet” as a “news kicker” to introduce the hourly news. The requests for that song – because of its use as a news kicker – got it its Top Five position on the KDKA charts despite “bubbling under” at #108 nationally. After all, more than a few classic instrumentals became popular because of their use as news kickers.
Mr. Kelly Izaj of Pittsburgh, PA.   

I share a birthday with Mick Jagger.  So as I was viewing the Saturday Surveys from our past birthdays, I was really able to look back and enjoy.  The best part was clicking on "Birthday".  Mick and I thank you ... even tho' he doesn't know he does.
Shelley J Sweet-Tufano   

Kent ...
Be sure to check this out on 8/1/14
It's a celebration of Scott Shannon's 101st show, but its really his 103rd show -- according to the article. I still don't think it's right. According to my count, Scott took six vacation days and one sick day.
Mickey Dolenz will be one of Scott's live guests.
Reminder - Micky Dolenz was on the air with his 101st. show, when they replaced the old WCBS-FM with JACK-FM. I hope it doesn't happen again!
Frank B.
A WHOLE lotta cities got "jacked around" with that whole fiasco ... thankfully it died a quick (and rather uneventful) death!  Happy 101, Scott!!!  (kk)
This weekend on WCBS-FM, every hour they're playing two songs from a # 1 Album. New idea.  I don't remember them doing this before this weekend. I say good idea.  What do you say?
Frank B.
I think it's a great idea ... if done right.  What would make it a REALLY great idea would be if they played one hit from the LP along with a true LP-cut ... something that HASN'T already been played to death ... to give you more of a real feel of the album.  If all you're going to do is play the two hit singles that you play every single day anyway ... then you might as well just make it a two-fer / twin-spin weekend ... or simply every "Two For Tuesday".  (kk)   

Finally, a few more show dates you'll want to know about at The Arcada Theatre ... tickets and more information are always available at the oshows.com website!  (And while you're there, be sure to check out Ron's new weekly program "Backstage with Ron Onesti - All Access", a WGN radio feature that is also filmed for viewing on the oshows website.  This week ... Jim Peterik ... EXCLUSIVELY on the site!  By the way, I absolutely LOVE the opening promo of Carl Giammarese in the parking lot at Gene and Jude's!!!  A Chicagoland landmark!)
AUGUST 29th - KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND (We LOVED him last time he was here -- a GREAT entertainer!)
AUGUST 30th - JOHNNY RIVERS  (This'll be my first time to see Johnny!)
SEPTEMBER 13th - LOU GRAMM OF FOREIGNER  (Was really looking forward to this one but we've got a scheduling conflict and are going to have to miss the show ... hoping a Forgotten Hits reader two can file a complete concert report!)
(I saw these guys last year as part of the SAIL ROCK Concert Series ... and it was OUTSTANDING!)
OCTOBER 5th - AL STEWART  (billed as a WINE TASTING AND BOOK TOUR)  Here's another guy who NEVER seems to tour ... SO glad to see that he'll be making a stop at The Arcada Theatre!
OCTOBER 9th - ASIA  (can't miss THIS one!!!)
OCTOBER 16th - BILL MEDLEY  (special 7:30 PM show ... just don't let RON put you in the corner!)
OCTOBER 17th - TOWER OF POWER (just added!)
Gary was also part of last year's SAIL ROCK extravaganza ... a GREAT show!
NOVEMBER 7th -  BJ THOMAS with guests EXILE  (We'll be at THIS one for sure!)
NOVEMBER 15th - AMERICA  (this show sells out every time)
NOVEMBER 16th - THE LITTLE RIVER BAND (7 pm)  Really looking forward to this one, too ... I've always wanted to see these guys!
NOVEMBER 22nd - THE SPINNERS with RAY PARKER, JR.  (Another one we've been anxiously awaiting!)