For over four decades, the contributions of John Sebastian have become a permanent part of our American musical fabric. His group, The Lovin’ Spoonful played a major role in the mid-’60s rock revolution. On Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m., John Sebastian returns (“Welcome Back Sebastian /Kotter”) to The Emerson Center stage to close out this season’s series of 9 LIVE! From Vero Beach concerts.
Spoonful’s leader, singer and songwriter Sebastian was grateful to the Beatles for reminding us of our rock & roll roots but the group wanted to get down to making their music as an American’ band…and that they did like nobody before or since, putting their first seven singles into the Top 10. This was unprecedented, and utterly unthinkable at the height of Beatlemania. At first they’d taken older material from blues, country, folk and jug band sources and made it sound modern. Then, in a series of original songs composed and sung by Sebastian, they did the reverse, creating thoroughly modern music that sounded like it contained the entire history of American music.
The audience will remember the songs by heart when asked to sing along with Sebastian….: “Do You Believe In Magic?” “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice,” “Daydream,” “Younger Girl,” “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your
Mind?” “Summer In The City,” “Rain On The Roof,” “Nashville Cats,” “Six O’Clock,””Darling Be Home Soon” and “Younger Generation.” These songs did more than simply answer the British invasion… they carried the musical tradition into the future.
This concert is filled with music, stories and sing-a-longs…a fun time.
Presenting Sponsor of the 9 concert series is Cindy O’Dare, Multiple Sponsor of John Sebastian is The Audiohouse.and Supporting Sponsor is Barth Construction. Other sponsors are Alex MacWilliam Real Estate, Rob Callery and Bruce McDonald of Ocean Oaks Dental Group, CenterState, Rennick Real Estate, GHO Homes, Ocean Grill and New Vision Eye Center. ABC Printing is the Printing sponsor, Majestic Theatre is the Screen Sponsor and the Cultural Council of Indian River County, Indian River Land Trust and Quail Valley Charities Inc. are the non-profit partners.
The Emerson Center is conveniently located on the campus of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach, on the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue in Vero Beach. This show is produced by Rusty Young of MusicWorks, Inc. and Bev and Marty Paris of Paris Productions. A uniformed officer will be on premises before and during the duration of the concert providing safety and security for our patrons. Come early and purchase drinks and appetizers from the new Emerson Center Café. Tickets are on sale now for this show by visiting www.MusicWorksConcerts.com or calling (800)595-4849.
For more information call 772-234-4412.