SHOW LOUNGE SPOTLIGHT
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Show Lounge Spotlight
Tom Sadge as Neil Diamond
April 30, 2017 from 6 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Tom Sadge (pronounced Tom Sage) has been a full-time entertainer his entire adult life. He began as a singer with bands and, later, became a popular mobile DJ / vocal impressionist whose repertoire included the voices of Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Tony Bennett and other singing legends. For the past seventeen years Tom has performed from coast to coast, in Europe and in Canada, as a Neil Diamond impersonator and tribute artist.
The celebrity impersonation act germinated in the summer of 1996 when Marion, Tom's wife and business partner of three decades, was inspired by a Legends In Concert booklet. Why not use makeup and costumes as did the impersonators performing on the Las Vegas strip? The transition from local entertainer to a national act as a tribute artist thus began and in November 1997 Tom debuted his Jazz Singer era Neil Diamond.
Since his debut, Tom has entertained at many major venues throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. "Diamondheads" (Neil's top fans) in both the U.S. and Europe have hired him to perform at fan club gatherings, eight consecutive Neil Diamond Chicago & Amsterdam Fan Birthday Party celebrations and three Carnival Fan Cruises.
Tom Sadge has met Neil Diamond and his band members on several occasions. Does Neil approve of Tom? During a 2002 concert in State College PA, Neil, spotting Tom in the front row, leaned over the stage and, pointing to Tom, told the crowd of many thousands, "This guy sounds just like me!"
Sha Na Na
May 20, 2017 from 8 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
Rock & Roll doo-wop legends, SHA NA NA combined their love for the classics of rock & roll with a dynamic theatrical approach as fellow college students at Columbia University in New York in 1969. They appeared just before Jimi Hendrix forty-five years ago at The Woodstock Festival in their eighth professional gig (of course the check bounced).
The band rose to stardom with their portrayal of Johnny Casino and the Gamblers in the movie Grease - the highest grossing musical film of all-time - and with four seasons of their own worldwide television series, The Sha Na Na Na Show. Sha Na Na performed six songs on the Grease soundtrack and the song “Sandy,” sung by John Travolta, was co-written by the band’s piano man Screamin’ Scott Simon.
Their latest release Sha Na Na â€“ Greaser High School Hop, featuring 25 signature songs, is music for an instant high school hop dance party. “The Bop,” “The Twist,” “The Stroll,” “The Hand Jive,” “The Monkey,” “The Jerk,” “The Cha Cha,” and even “The Hokey Pokey” are among the great dances of the ‘50s and ‘60s celebrated by Sha Na Na in this collection. The album is available on iTunes, amazon.com, and the band’s website -www.shanana.com.
Sha Na Na knows two things for sure: Rock & Roll is here to stay and Grease is still the Word!
The Lovin' Spoonful
June 24, 2017 from 8 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
In early 1965 as the "British invasion" dominated the American music scene, two rockers from Long Island, Steve Boone and Joe Butler, teamed up with two folkies from Greenwich Village, John Sebastian and Zal Yanovsky, to form the Lovin' Spoonful and go on to record and perform some of the songs that would dominate the charts and establish them among the greats of the mid-sixties era.
Combining the best of folk music and rock and roll, with a touch of country thrown in, they gave us such hits as "Do You Believe in Magic," "Daydream," "You Didn't Have to be So Nice," "Nashville Cats" and the anthem for a hot July evening, "Summer in the City." All this in the span of 4 years and 5 albums. In addition to that they also wrote and performed two soundtrack albums for two directors very early in their careers, Woody Allen "Whats Up Tigerlily" and Francis Ford Coppola "You're a Big Boy Now."They toured almost constantly during this period and were one of the first rock bands to perform on college campuses almost as much as for teenage concert goers.
In 1967 Zal Yanovsky left the band to pursue a solo career and was replaced by Jerry Yester, a member of the Modern Folk Quartet and friend of the band since its earliest days. All of the band's energy was soon focused on recording their fourth album the very ambitious Everything Playing. It was the first attempt for a rock band to record an album on the new Ampex 16 track tape recorder and quite a challenge it was. It was worth the effort however, producing hits like "Darlin' Be Home Soon," "Six O-Clock" and "She's Still A Mystery To Me" on the American charts and "Boredom" and "Money" in the UK and Europe.
In June 1968 John Sebastian left the band to go solo and Joe, Steve and Jerry went back into the studio to record what would be their last hit single of the 1960's, "Never Goin' Back" with legendary Nashville session player Red Rhodes on pedal steel guitar. As 1969 approached the skies were darkening in Good Time Music land and sensing opportunities in individual endeavors the three remaining members went their separate ways with a promise to not let the spark go out.
In 1991 a long awaited settlement with their record company inspired Joe and Steve to contact Jerry and start up the Lovin' Spoonful again. After a two month rehearsal in the Berkshire Mts., the group started touring anew, visiting over 150 cities and countries worldwide and reaching out to a whole new audience in addition to those that have enjoyed their music over the years.
March 6, 2000 marked a milestone for the band. They were officially inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.