If you have a pink poodle skirt or a black leather motorcycle jacket hiding in your closet in mothballs, now is the time to pull them out for a good airing. The Warner Theatre in Torrington is declaring Saturday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. an official 1960's music day when Praia Entertainment presents "Pop, Rock and Doo Wopp, LIVE" for your listening pleasure.
Not one, not two, not three, but four great groups with historical and memorable pasts will be saluting their homegrown skills and you can be there to cheer them on. Dancing in the aisles is encouraged when the clock is rolled back to those glorious days of yesteryear.
Prepare to be wowed as Jay & The Americans take the stage. This great rock and roll band was inducted into the Vocal hall of Fame in 2002 and are now featuring Jay #3 and enjoying a resurgence in popularity. According to their founder, Sandy Yaguda, better known as Sandy Deanne, "we don't look old. We're health and full of vitality so it's like Woodstock every night. It's a love fest, except traveling was a lot easier when we were 20."
Come here their greatest hits like "This Magic Moment," :Cara Mia,: "Come a Little Bit Closer" and "Walkin' in The Rain." As Sandy states, "we are the Harvard College of Rock and Roll who knew the formula to make a song work."
Another group that surely knows the formula are The Buckinghams who originally hailed from Chicago, Illinois and called themselves The Centuries, way back in 1965. Considered an American Sunshine pop band, they changed their name to reflect the popularity of the British invasion. Their hit songs include "Kind of a Drag" that opens with a trademark horn note and put them firmly on the top of the charts, and got them named "The Most Promising Vocal Group in America" by Cash Box Magazine in 1967. Other tunes like "Hey Baby,They're Playing Our Song," "Susan," "Don't You Care," and "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" with their original lead singer Dennis Tufano got the group inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2009.
Get ready to cross over the famous Brooklyn Bridge who play do wopp, rhythm and blues and rock and were formed in 1968 by Johnny Maestro on Long Island. Their most popular million dollar best seller is "The Worst That Could Happen." They will definitely sing that as well as "Welcome Me Love" and "Blessed Is the Rain," tunes that got them inducted into the Vocal Hall of Fame in 2005.
Last up on the stage will be Jay Siegel's Tokens that began with Jay's high school friend Neil Sedaka in Brooklyn as the Linc-Tones and then became The Tokens when Jay joined the following year. In 2011, Jay's powerful falsetto in "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" celebrated its 50th anniversary. Watch for Jay in Barcelona, Spain in February of 2017 as well as on Royal Caribbean cruise lines. The group wrote many of its original hits back in the 1960's like "Portrait of My Love" and "Tonight I Fell in Love."
For tickets ($45-79 ), call the Warner Theatre, , Torrington at 860-489-7180 or online at www.warnertheatre.org.