B.B. King Blues – DAVY JONES of THE MONKEES on 10/2, A Tribute to JOHN LENNON and THE BEATLES on 10/4 and NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND on 10/6

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DAVY JONES of THE MONKEES Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm $38.50 adv, $42 at door Maintaining his allure as a sexy icon through generations of fans, DAVY JONES first invaded teen hearts as the international idol of millions in the 1960s Emmy Award winning television classic THE MONKEES. Since the show hit the small screen, Davy has triumphed as both a serious actor and a comedian on the theatrical stage; as a rock musician, composer and artist; and, true to his first love, as an extremely able horseman.

Sunday, October 4 BEATLESTOCK – A Sing-A-Long Birthday Tribute to JOHN LENNON featuring Larry Russell, Joe Pecorino, John Merjave, George Stass, Tom DeVito, Roger Lipson and Bill Malchow Produced by Peter Abraham Presents Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 7:00pm $25 BEATLESTOCK is a seven member Beatles tribute band that doesn’t wear make-up or costumes. Instead, they focus on the singing, sound, and ‘feel’ of The Beatles records and performances. Beatlestock is led by it’s founder, Larry Russell, who launched Billy Joel’s solo career back in the early 70’s as his bass player. Larry toured with the Grammy Award winning musical, Godspell–racking up over 1000 performances. He has also toured with Elliott Murphy, The Mamas and the Papas, Gary US Bonds, Denny Laine (of Wings) and Mary Wilson (of The Supremes). Beatlestock is also very proud to now have in the band, Broadway’s ‘Beatlemania ‘original cast member Joe Pecorino, who sings amazingly like ‘Paul McCartney’, plays the keyboards, electric and acoustic guitars, exactly and accordingly to the Beatle’s records. We also feature lead guitarist/lead vocalist John Merjave, who performs at all the ‘Fest for Beatles Fans’ conventions. John is an amazing addition as well. And the fab-u-lous lead singer/guitarist George Stass (Larry’s V.P. of Beatlestock) covers all of the ‘John Lennon’ songs. George’s vocal is very naturally reminiscent of John Lennon’s. With Tom Devito on drums and Bill Malchow on keyboards, and a ‘percussionist du jour’, you won’t miss one Beatle song detail!

NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm $35 adv, $40 at door The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band formed in Southern California during the spring of 1966 as a scruffy, young jug-band. Forty-two years later, the quartet (Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter and John McEuen) is still going strong. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s self-titled debut album, released in 1967, included the pop hit “Buy For Me The Rain.” But it was their 5th record, 1970’s Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy, that would become band’s breakthrough project, yielding 3 pop hits including their version of Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Mr. Bojangles.” Among the many outstanding tracks on Uncle Charlie was a version of Earl Scruggs’ “Randy Lynn Rag.” That cut set into motion what would become the Will the Circle be Unbroken album, a veritable summit of talent which included NDGB’s heroes: Scruggs, Doc Watson, Merel Travis, Roy Acuff and Mother Maybelle Carter. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Circle… album, a three-LP set,recorded live in the studio in Nashville over six days in 1971, became a landmark event and a multi-platinum success. Circle remains such a significant effort that 30 years later it was one of 50 recordings to be honored and preserved by the Library of Congress. In the early 80’s, after a few more pop hits, the band returned to Nashville once again and began what would become a highly successful career in mainstream country music. Hits that included “Dance Little Jean,” “Workin’ Man”, “Long Hard Road”, “Baby’s Got A Hold On Me” and “Fishin’ in the Dark” put them at the top of the country charts for over a decade. In 1989, the group revisited the Circle concept, gathering another impressive roster of performers (including Johnny Cash, EmmyLou Harris, Levon Helm, Chet Atkins, Bruce Hornsby, John Hiatt and Roseanne Cash) for sessions that had a pronounced country-gospel feel. Circle II would go on to win three Grammy Awards and the Country Music Association Album of the Year. In 2002 Circle III (with many current artists added to the previous cast) received similar accolades and attention, garnering the International Bluegrass Music Association Recorded Event of the Year award as well as leading to a 2005 Grammy for Country Instrumental Performance (with Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Jerry Douglas and the late Vassar Clements). With a career that spans five decades, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has gone from a hippie jug-band to pioneers of country rock, and their influence is still being felt today.

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