Brian Hyland Joins Dick Fox's DOO WOP EXTRAVAGANZA in Arcadia, 6/6
Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation announced that Brian Hyland will be joining Dick Fox's DOO WOP EXTRAVAGANZA on Sunday, June 6 at 7pm. Brian Hyland is known for a slew of iconic hit songs including "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" and "Sealed With a Kiss.". Dick Fox's DOO WOP EXTRAVAGANZA is a celebration of Doo-wop, the iconic sound that caused a sensation in the 1950's and early 1960's.Dick Fox's DOO WOP EXTRAVAGANZA is Lou Christie ("Lightin' Strikes", "The Gypsy Cried"), The Fleetwoods ("Come Softly To Me", "Mr. Blue"), Brian Hyland: ("Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Do Bikini," "Sealed With a Kiss," "Gyspy Woman"), Chris Montez ("Let's Dance") and The Happenings ("See You In September"). Brian Hyland replaces the previously announced David Sommerville, who is unable to appear, due to a scheduling conflict. Tickets, available online by visiting www.Arcadiapaf.org, are $29.50 to $99.50. The theatre is at 188 Campus Drive at North Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia CA 91007. For more information please call 626-821-1781. About Lou Christie
Lou Christie's chart topping, multi-million selling career as a songwriter, recording artist, and performer started in a two-track studio in Glenwillard Pennsylvania, his rural hometown near Pittsburgh. Lou's first million selling song, "The Gypsy Cried", transformed a local choirboy, Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco, into Lou Christie - national teen idol, while still a teenager himself. Over the entire decade of the 1960's Lou followed success with greater success. "Two Faces Have I" was his next big hit featuring his stratospheric falsetto. Lou forever embedded himself and his uniquely talented voice into America's consciousness with his number 1 multi-million selling success "Lightning Strikes". Lou's chart topping success continued with two more million selling hits, "Rhapsody in the Rain" and "I'm Gonna Make You Mine". "Rhapsody in the Rain"'s success was fueled by the fact that it was the first song banned on the radio due to its suggestive lyrics. Lou was more than just your average "teen idol." He was one of the decade's first singer-songwriters. Together with his eccentric collaborator, Twyla Herbert, Lou co-wrote nearly all of his songs. Twyla, nearly 30 years Lou's senior, was a classically trained musician. It was the perfect partnership since Lou had no formal musical training. Highlights from Lou's performing career include appearances on "Dick Clark's Caravan Of Stars", sharing 72 consecutive one-nighters with Diana Ross and the Supremes, and a command performance for Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family. Lou has shared the stage with many of the greats of Rock 'n' Roll including The Rolling Stones, The Who, Neil Diamond, Roy Orbison, and Jerry Lee Lewis.Elton John, John Lennon, Madonna are among the music legends upon whom Lou has had an effect. Elton John played piano for Lou during Lou's 'London Period' in the early 70's and recorded Lou's song, "She Sold Me Magic". John Lennon repeatedly pointed out in his interviews that "Lou Christie was one of my influences". And, Madonna thanked Lou in the liner notes of her ten million selling Immaculate Collection LP. Over the past decade, Lou has led the resurgence of Rock 'n' Roll heroes performing through out the world. Lou's fans recognize his distinctive vocal and writing performances in major motion pictures. Many distinguished directors are also fans. Films that feature Lou's songs include Barry Levinson's -"Rainman", Whit Stillman's - "Barcelona" and "The Last Days of Disco", Tony Bill's - "A Home of Our Own", Richard Linklater's - "Before Sunrise", John Hughes - "Dutch", Michael de Avila's - "Burnzy's Last Call", and Oliver Stone's TV mini series - "Wild Palms". Lou's records are still selling today! And, in addition to recent international re-releases, his most famous tracks can be found on "Greatest Hits" and other collections on Varies Saraband and Rhino Records. Lou recently released "Pledging My Love", a collection of newly recorded songs, including seven co-written by Lou himself. Lou is also a major contributor to the Rhino Records release, "Grease is the Word", a newly recorded version of the soundtrack from the motion picture Grease. About Brian Hyland
Brian is an internationally successful recording artist and performer since 1960. He has an 18 track CD "Brian Hyland, Greatest Hits" on Universal as well as many other foreign and domestic compilations. Vocally and artistically Brian has been called "chameleonesque" for all his musical changes, having produced hits for five different labels and successfully recorded everything from Novelty to Pop Ballads; to Folk Rock and Country Rock; to Pop Rock and Pop Soul over more than a decade from 1960 to 1971. These timeless hits include: "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," "Let Me Belong To You," "Ginny Come Lately," "Sealed With A Kiss," "Warmed Over Kisses," "I?m Afraid To Go Home," "The Joker Went Wild," "Run, Run, Look And See," "Tragedy," "Gypsy Woman" and "Lonely Teardrops." In the late 70?s Brian recorded an album of songs in New Orleans with legendary producer and friend Allen Toussaint which is now available on iTunes in several different releases. However, he plans to make the "original" exclusively available on his web site in the near future which includes three original tunes and a bonus track.
On stage, Brian plays rhythm Stratocaster and blues harp in an eclectic set of countryblues, roots rock, many of his hits and new original songs; all with a contagious enthusiasm for rock & roll. In recent years he has toured around the world and across America with his music, songwriting partner, Rosmari, on backup vocals and percussion and their son Bodi on drums, performing classic Rock & Roll . . . new . . . and gold. In his studio, Brian plays an acoustic Taylor guitar, a custom ?68 Fender Telecaster, a custom "Vintage" ?57 Fender Stratocaster, a custom Cort bass, a Roland U20 keyboard/synth, and Pro Harp harmonicas. They are currently writing and recording at home in California, continually adding to an archive of classic Rock & Roll, as well as new original music for independent release on Stone Buffalo Discs: "Blue Christmas," "Another Blue Christmas," and "Triple Threat: Vol 1," "Triple Threat: Vol 2," "Triple Threat: Vol 3" all available at www.BrianHyland.com About The Happenings
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! The Happenings, continuing to become a major force in the music industry, soon released their next smash hit "Go Away Little Girl" and hugely successful album "Bye, Bye, So Long, Farewell". With Bob Miranda, the lead singer of The Happenings and the voice that literally spearheaded the group into international stardom, many great releases were to follow including the classic hits, "I Got Rhythm", "My Mammy", and a virtual treasure chest of hit albums!
In the years to follow, The Happenings would travel and perform throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. Their venues would include large capacity concerts and appearances on nearly every major television show in America, including: "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson", "The Smothers Brothers Show", and "The Merv Griffin Show". They would share the stage with such music and entertainment giants as The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Joan Rivers, John Denver, The Drifters, The Kingston Trio, and many more! Today, the group consists of three principal members. With Bob Miranda at the helm, complemented by the outstanding musical and vocal talents of long standing members Bob Kulik and George Rizzi, the group is a powerhouse of nostalgia and contemporary material that truly captures the classic signature sound that has made The Happenings a worldwide favorite for 30 years! The Happenings continue to perform in concert arenas and major show rooms throughout the country. Their extraordinary vocal talent and unparalleled showmanship continues to consistently bring audiences to their feet literally everywhere they go! In the words of Richard Nader, one of the great concert promoters of all time, "The incredible sound of The Happenings is as good today as it was in the 1960's." About The Fleetwoods
In a time when teens were driving their parents crazy with rock and roll, The Fleetwoods were a breath of fresh air. With four gold records to their credit, the group has secured its place in musical history, having been inducted into the Northwest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and receiving BMI's Special Citation of Achievement for over 2 million broadcast performances of "Come Softly To Me." Gary Troxel was also presented the "Voice of America Certificate of Appreciation" during a performance at the Alan Freed Ball in 1996. Today, The Fleetwoods are delighting audiences with the same close harmonies that made them famous. Their performances sparkle with nostalgia as they sing number one hits from the fifties and sixties to create a captivating and memorable experience. About Chris Montez
Chris Montez, born in Los Angeles, grew up in the middle class area of Hawthorne influenced by his Hispanic culture and the rock 'n roll success of Ritchie Valens. Music was an integral part of his family life and Chris began singing rancheras with his older brothers when he was a kid. They taught him to play the guitar and he sang the high parts. In his junior year at Hawthorne High ignited by the spark of musical ambition, Chris formed a band and recorded his own original songs that gained the interest of Monogram Records. "All You Had To Do Was Tell Me" became a local hit. Chris' single, "Let's Dance," hit the top 10 and he was on his way. In 1963, he toured the UK with Tommy Roe, his opening act was a new English group, The Beatles! In 1965, with 3 years on the road behind him, Chris came home to complete his education and join a new label, A & M. Herb Alpert dropped in on one of Chris' first sessions and suggested that he try a soft ballad sound. It was a more conservative style than Chris would have preferred, but Alpert's instincts were good and the hits "The More I See You", "There Will Never Be Another You", "Call Me" and "Time After Time" followed in quick succession. While the British and psychedelic rock were invading the U.S., Chris left A & M, signed with CBS International and amassed a string of hits outside the U.S. that has firmly established him as an international recording star. He has recorded songs in both English and in Spanish that have become hits in such countries as Japan, Austria, Germany, Holland, France, Mexico and the U.S. Through the years, in between tours to the Britain and South America, Chris has continued to grow as an artist and to concentrate on his own compositions. His confidence in his music gives him the freedom to integrate the unique influence of his Hispanic culture and rich rhythm and blues style into his own personal hit making musical interpretations. He tours internationally and recently starred in "The Original Stars of American Bandstand" at the new Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theatre in Branson, MO. He lives in Simi Valley, California with his wife, Chaz, a prominent local D.J. and their daughter, Ryan. About The Arcadia Performing Arts Center The opening of the Arcadia Performing Arts Center, which anchors the northwest corner of the campus of Arcadia High School, on October 18, 2012, was the realization of a long-standing dream for the citizens of Arcadia to have a major center for arts and culture in the community. This 40,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility includes a main performance hall with seating for 1,150, a stage that holds 200 musicians, tunable acoustics and professional lighting and sound. In addition, the center boasts an orchestra room with practice rooms and music library, a dance studio with sprung wood floors, a professional stagecraft workshop and a Black Box theater with separate control room and flexible seating that can host 125 guests. The realization of the Performing Arts Center clearly shows the commitment of the Arcadia community to the arts. With this realization comes the need for another commitment - to the future of the building, arts education and arts programming. The Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation is dedicated to maintaining the Performing Arts Center as a nucleus for the arts, education and engagement where the lives of students and the greater community are enriched. The Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation has currently set a fundraising goal $10 million that will result in an endowment to provide regular funding for the Performing Arts Center and the district arts programs. The Arcadia Performing Arts Center provides a first-class venue for the San Gabriel Valley where the public can enjoy major concert and performing arts attractions, and where student talent can be fostered and supported with a venue for their work.
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