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 


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, 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
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."
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.
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.
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.
Devil with the Blue Dress - Mitch Ryder