Friday, August 14, 2015

Bolingbrook is billing it as "The Concert To End All Concerts" ... 

That's because it IS ...

And also because contractually they can't call it anything else!!!  (Actually the official announcement finally hit their website TODAY!!!)

The 2015 Happy Together Tour makes its way to Chicago this weekend with the first of TWO Chicagoland area performances ...

Sunday Night, August 16th, at The Bolingbrook Performance Arts Centre, capping off their 50th Anniversary Jubilee Weekend at 7 pm, hosted by the legendary Dick Biondi ...

And then again next Friday, August 21st, at The Paramount Theatre in Aurora.

That gives Chicagoland '60's Music Fans TWO opportunities to see some of the biggest names in '60's Rock ... The Turtles, The Association, The Buckinghams, The Grass Roots, The Cowsills and Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of Paul Revere and the Raiders.

Between them, these artists racked up over 70 Top 40 Hits ... and these shows will be hit-packed from start to finish.  We hope you can make it out to at least one of these great  shows.  
The 2015 Happy Together Tour stars 
(top, from left): The Grass Roots, Mark Lindsay, The Buckinghams, 
(bottom) The Cowsills, The Association and Flo & Eddie of the Turtles. 

The Happy Together Tour has played to a capacity crowd at Aurora's Paramount Theatre for YEARS now.  (We've covered it the previous seven here in Forgotten Hits)  You can order tickets to the Paramount Theatre performance through their website:, call the box office at 630-896-6666, or stop by in person at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in Aurora, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The Bolingbook show is a special added bonus in that this is a free concert celebrating the village's 50th anniversary.  (Other acts this weekend include The Chicago Experience tonight and the midwest's premier Beatles tribute band, American English, on Saturday.)  All shows will take place at The Bolingbrook Performing Arts Centre at 375 Briarcliff Road in Bolingbrook.

From The Paramount Theatre Press Kit ... 

The Happy Together Tour 2015 - 
Meet the Bands
 Watch The Turtles sing "Happy Together"

The Turtles, featuring Flo and Eddie, saw their debut single, Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe," hit the Top Ten in 1965 and launched the band on a brief string of hits: "Let Me Be," "You Baby," "Grim Reaper of Love" and "Can I Get to Know You Better." The Turtles weren't content, however, and were about to break up; but first they released "Happy Together," which proved to be their biggest hit and one of 1967's Top Ten records. With their career reinvigorated, "She'd Rather Be with Me," "You Know What I Mean," "Elenore" and "You Showed Me" were their last single releases. More:
Everyone Knows its "Windy" by The Association

It all started in 1965 with the breakup of one of the first folk rock ensembles called The Men. What was originally an 11-member singing group ultimately became the six-man band The Association. In 1967, The Association made history being the first band anywhere to open a rock festival - the now historic Monterey Pop Festival. Popular hits include "Windy," "Never My Love" and "Cherish."
Mark Lindsay performing the Paul Revere & The Raiders hit "Kicks" in 2013

In addition to being the lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders, Mark Lindsay was the very image of the band. In 1965, The Raiders owned the 1966 charts with hits like "Just Like Me," "Kicks," "Hungry" and "Good Thing," which Lindsay also wrote. During that time they were the top-earning artists for Columbia Records. In 1970 after he left The Raiders, Mark had a very successful solo recording career with a pair of top 40 hits "Arizona" and "Silver Bird" as well as three best-selling albums. Lindsay has sold over 50 million records. More:
Jimmy Durante introducing The Grass Roots. Because why not?

The Grass Roots had a series of major hits - most notably "Let's Live for Today," "Midnight Confessions," "Temptation Eyes" and "Two Divided by Love" - that help define the essence of the era's best AM radio. Although the group's members weren't even close to being recognizable, The Grass Roots managed to chart 14 Top 40 hits, including seven gold singles and one platinum single, and two had hits collections that effortlessly went gold.
It'll Be Kind of a Drag if you don't click this Buckinghams link

The Buckinghams pack power into 60s pop rock. Their #1 song "Kind of a Drag" is the standout favorite that first made them famous. Since then came seven national chart hits, 15 singles and eight acclaimed albums. The Buckinghams enjoyed phenomenal success with hit singles including the powerful "Don't You Care," the soulful "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," and the national anthem of teenage love, "Hey Baby, They're Playing Our Song," on the national charts simultaneously.
Trippiest for Last? 
The Cowsills deconstruct their hit "Hair"

The real-life inspiration behind the hit television series The Partridge Family, The Cowsills were one of the biggest pop acts of the late '60s, distinguished by their angelic harmonies and sun-kissed melodies. The group's origins lie with brothers Bill and Bob, who as children began their singing careers covering the Everly Brothers. Their hits include "Take A Letter to Maria" and "Hair." 

Upcoming shows at The Paramount Thatre include their Broadway musical series: Oklahoma (Sept. 16 - Oct. 18); A Christmas Story - The Musical (Nov. 25 - Jan. 3), Hairspray - The Broadway Musical (Jan. 20 - Feb. 21) and West Side Story (Mar. 16-Apr. 24).  

 In addition to its Broadway series, Paramount's 2015-16 season also boasts Chicago frontman and solo vocalist Peter Cetera (Sept. 4), The Duke Ellington Orchestra (Sept. 5), Chicago's own Jersey Boys Under The Streetlamp (Oct. 25), Jay Leno (Oct. 30), Peter & Paul of the legendary folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary(Nov. 8), country music hunk Josh Turner (Nov. 12), Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis (Nov. 14), STOMP (Feb. 26 & 27), I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues (A Salute to Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland and Patsy Cline), (Feb 28) and Donny & Marie (May 25-29.) Visit for more information.