Richard Nader's Good Old Rock 'n' Roll Show Set for MPAC, 6/6
Enjoy an evening of classic rock 'n' roll, featuring Bill Hailey's Comets, Gene Chandler, The Happenings and Tommy Mara of The Crests. They are all featured performers in Richard Nader's Good Old Rock 'n' Roll Show, Friday, June 6, 2014 at 8 pm at Mayo Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $29-69.
Bill Haley's Comets are known as the first rock and roll band. The group earned a place in The Guinness Book of World Records for selling 43 million copies of its greatest hit, "Rock Around The Clock." The band is now led by original bass and trumpet player, Al Rappa.
From 1962 to 1970 Gene Chandler put nineteen songs in the top forty, but he will always be known all over the world as the Duke of Earl, his first hit that topped the pop and R&B charts in 1962 and launched his career.
The Happenings virtually exploded onto the national charts in May of 1966 with their first single release, "See You In September". The song quickly spiraled up the charts to become an international #1 record throughout the entire summer. Most recently, Entertainment Magazine has listed "See You In September" in the top 100 summer songs of all time.
Tommy Mara has proudly worked with a veritable who's who of the oldies world. He puts every ounce of energy that he has into every show and accepts nothing less than perfection from himself and those around him. His dedication to his craft has earned him the respect of so many in the business. Tommy has been referred to as the Pavarotti of Doo Wop, and is now known as "The Meatloaf of Doo Wop." The Crests were a New York R&B doo-wop group, formed by bass vocalist JT Carter in the mid 1950s. Their most popular song, "16 Candles," rose to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1959.
Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey. The 2013-2014 season is made possible, in part, by a grant the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as support received from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation and numerous corporations, foundations and individuals. The Mayo Performing Arts Center has been designated a Major Presenting Organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.