lovin’ spoonful comes to the outer banks
A perfect summer evening, an outdoor concert and the Lovin’ Spoonful–it doesn’t get much better than that. And that’s what The Lost Colony is bringing to the Outer Banks this Sunday at their Waterside Theatre. The PNC Presents: Live At The Waterside Concert Series is bringing some of the top names in music and entertainment to the Outer Banks. After the Lovin’ Spoonful look for Jars Of Clay on August 3, 2014 and Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives August 17.
“Nearly 1,000 people came out on a stunning June evening to see 1964: The Tribute open the 2014 PNC Presents: Live At The Waterside Concert Series at The Lost Colony. USA Today recently named the Waterside Theatre as one of the Top Ten Outdoor Concert Venues in the United States making the upcoming appearance by The Lovin’ Spoonful even more exciting.
The good-time sounds of the Lovin’ Spoonful made the quartet a fixture during the golden age of Top Forty radio. Over a period of two years in the mid-Sixties, the New York-based group charted a string of ten Top Forty hits, seven of which placed inside the Top Ten at a time when the competition included Motown, the Beatles and countless British Invasion bands. The Lovin’ Spoonful’s tuneful, poppy singles have stood the test of time and at least one of them, “Do You Believe in Magic,” remains a defining rock and roll anthem.
The four original members–singer/guitarist John Sebastian, guitarist Zal Yanovsky, bassist Steve Boone and drummer Joe Butler–came together in Greenwich Village. The folk-music scene was in full swing, but the electrified sounds of the Beatles and the other pop bands of the day had also caught their attention. Retaining their folkie roots while exploring new directions, the Lovin’ Spoonful adapted folk-style fingerpicking to electric instruments. Their folk-rock hybrid was particularly evident in the unusual combination of autoharp and electric guitar on “Do You Believe in Magic.” What really set the Lovin’ Spoonful apart from the mid-Sixties pack of one-hit wonders was their daring eclecticism. No two singles were written in the same style. Between 1965 and 1968, they tackled jug-band music (“Good Time Music”), ragtime (“Daydream”), country (“Nashville Cats”), folk-pop (“You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice”), hard rock (“Summer in the City”) and orchestrated pop (“She Is Still a Mystery”).
The consequences of a 1966 arrest of two band members for marijuana possession led to the band’s gradual dissolution, with Yanovsky leaving in 1967. Sebastian, the group’s founder and leader, quit in 1968. The group’s final album featured only Joe Butler from the original group. John Sebastian launched a successful solo career that found him giving one of the more memorable performances at Woodstock in August 1969. Many years later, in 1980, the Lovin’ Spoonful came together one more time to perform a cameo in Paul Simon’s film One-Trick Pony.
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. So look for them coming to your neighborhood bringing a brand new batch of Good Time Music. You can also click the concert info button for a calender of their future appearances.
On March 6, 2000 they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.
Tickets for the July 20 event are available by phone at 252-473-2127, or online at www.thelostcolony.org. Tickets are $30, and a limited number of VIP tickets will be available at $60. VIP tickets are extremely limited and include premium seating in the front few rows, as well as exclusive access to the VIP lounge beginning one hour prior to the show. VIP lounge is located backstage in our air conditioned Sound Stage Theatre and offers complimentary snacks & beverages. OuterBanksThisWeek.com is generously sponsoring the event.”