arts & entertainment
Get out your dancing shoes and oil up your singing voices for a double whammy “walk down memory lane” when you take your seat in the audience at The Emerson Center on Thursday evening, February 16, at 7 p.m. Two bands that drove hit after hit in the 60s-70’s that audiences still crave to hear will be there…The Buckinghams and The Box Tops!
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The Buckinghams formed in 1965 in Chicago at the height of the British Invasion. They won a “Battle of the Bands” contest sponsored by a Chicago TV Show, “All Time Hits”, and were awarded a 14-week gig on the show. Within one year, the group signed a contract with USA Records, a Chicago label, and first recorded covers of hit songs like James Brown’s “I’ll Go Crazy”, The Beatles, “I’ll Call Your Name”, The Hollies’ “I’ve Been Wrong Before” until their first national hit “Kind of a Drag” debuted, which sold more than a million copies and went to #1 on the national pop charts. The group soon left USA Records for the much larger Columbia Records, and had back to back hits with “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” and “Don’t You Care” reaching #6 on the national charts. The band soon became a hot property on TV teen and variety shows, appearing on such programs as The Ed Sullivan Show and American Bandstand. It was during this period that they came out with yet another hit, a remake of “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” which got to #5 on the charts, followed by “Susan”, and then “Hey Baby” (They’re Playing Our Song) which reached #11 and #12 respectively.
The Box Tops, an American rock band and members of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, were formed in Memphis in 1967 and considered a major blue-eyed soul group of the period. Their music combined elements of soul music and light pop. They are best known for hits like “The Letter” which was an international hit reaching the Hot 100‘s number-one position for four weeks, selling over four million copies, earning a gold disc, and receiving two Grammy Award nominations. “Cry Like a Baby” was a million-seller in 1968, peaking at #2 on the Hot 100 and has since been covered by several performers. Many of their other Top 40 hits include “Neon Rainbow“, “I Met Her in Church”, and “Sweet Cream Ladies, Forward March” which are considered minor classics. The Box Tops were inducted into Memphis Music hall of Fame in 2018. The Box Tops “Now” CD has been recently released featuring founding members Bill Cunningham and Gary Talley singing selected songs pulled from show set lists, to fulfill requests by fans. Once our audiences enjoy The Box Tops, they will remember what they’ve been missing!
The Emerson Center is conveniently located on the campus of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach, 1590 27th Avenue, on the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue. The doors for Will Call access open at 6 p.m. and seating begins at 6:30 p.m. An elevator to the 2nd floor balcony is available as well as complimentary listening devices from the Emerson Center office. The venue will provide a wine/snack bar in the lobby.
The Presenting Sponsor of the series is Joe & Denise Corr. Other sponsors include AMAC Alex MacWilliam Real Estate, New Vision Eye Center, Ocean Grille, SouthState Bank. ABC Printing is The Printing Sponsor and The Majestic Theatre is Screen Sponsor. The Non-Profit Partner for this concert is Grand Harbor Community Outreach. If you wish to support the charity when you purchase your tickets, enter the code GRAND in the discount space and the non-profit will receive a donation of 25% of the ticket price. For more information call 772-234-4412.