If you’ve been following the pop, rock and doo wopp circuit for the last 20 years or so, you’ve probably come to accept that David Somerville has always been there. The original lead singer of The Diamonds became a mainstay on multi-act concerts featuring the best artists of the 1950s and 1960s, but he wasn’t
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Where the Action Is (starring Paul Revere’s Raiders, Mitch Ryder of the Detroit Wheels and Pete Rivera of Rare Earth)
Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 7:30 PMBarbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
13350 FSW Parkway
Fort Myers FL 33919
Phone: (800) 440-7469
Anchored by Paul Revere’s Raiders – who Paul Shaffer (“Late Night with David Letterman”) calls “the greatest rock and roll show band on earth!” – the “Where the Action Is Tour” is taking America by storm, a mere 50 years after the Raiders bounded onto TV sets across the nation. Paul Revere’s Raiders are a non-stop ball of energy from the moment they hit the stage to their last encore, in a show packed with their hits (which to date have sold over 50 million records), “Indian Reservation”, “Kicks”, “Just Like Me” and more!
The Raiders are joined by high octane, turbo, high performance, super-charged Mitch Ryder, he of the Motor City and the aptly-named Detroit Wheels. Ryder hit during the mid-’60s when AM radio was going through a golden era but no one on the radio then could match Mitch for pure visceral excitement. Hits include “Jenny Take a Ride (C.C. Rider / Jenny, Jenny)”, “Devil With a Blue Dress On / Good Golly Miss Molly”, “Sock it to Me Baby” and “Little Latin Lupe Lu.” Hearing these tunes again might be a nostalgic trip for some, but the way Mitch Ryder kicks out the rockin’ R&B jams is energy-packed and timeless.
When Peter Rivera, the original lead singer of Rare Earth, takes the stage, there’s no doubt that he’s the voice on the Motor City classics “(I Know) I’m Losing You” and “Get Ready” (his recordings of which became bigger hits than the originals by the Temptations.) Pete and company went on to record many gold and platinum albums and the hits just kept on coming, including “Born To Wander”, “Hey Big Brother”, and the anthemic “I Just Want to Celebrate”. To this day, Peter is considered to be one of the pre-eminent singer/drummers of all time.
Sixties hit-makers The Cyrkle have reunited for the first time in 50 years with original members Don Dannemann and Mike Losekamp (as well as a few new members) to recreate their million-seller “Red Rubber Ball” (co-written by Paul Simon of Simon & Garfunkel), and “Turn Down Day”. Named The Cyrkle by John Lennon himself and managed by none other than Brian Epstein, they were The Beatles opening act on 18 tour dates including legendary Beatles’ concert events at Shea Stadium and Candlestick Park. Coupling extraordinary musical talent and classic hit songs, The Cyrkle is only back in action a short time, but they’re already electrifying fans today just as they did when they were the opening act for The Beatles!
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