Kirkland Performance Center presents...
The Kingston Trio
- Thursday, May 19, 2016 – 8:00PM
- All Seats: $35.00
The Kingston Trio is one of the few groups today that has survived the many changes in the world of music. They have remained consistent in their sound, which probably explains their resurgence in popularity over the last few years. The trio’s trademark three-part harmony and clean, crisp sound keeps them touring 30 weeks out of the year. As Bob Shane put it, “There is a tremendous demand for our type of acoustic music, and not just from those who remember the Kingston Trio. All people want is for us to sing a song, tell a story, and make it good.”
THE KINGSTON TRIO began with Nick Reynolds, Bob Shane and Dave Guard in 1955… Home base: San Francisco. The three founded what turned out to be the most influential music band to emerge from the 1950’s, only to be outdone by the BEATLES. With talent and tenacity, they rose to become the undisputed kings of an acoustic musical genre that exploded onto the American scene, and still exists today!
They were never actually folksingers but more a musical and vocal group that performed a variety of styles. Audiences worldwide agreed. Recently, the Kingston Trio received the “Grand Grammy” of all Grammys: The Lifetime Achievement Award. Reserved for those select few who have attained spectacular success in the music business over an extended career, this honor places the Trio among a heady pantheon of names like Frank Sinatra, Charlie Parker and The Beatles.
It’s no exaggeration to say these three guys redefined the landscape of popular music in America and eventually the world. They created a demand for folk where none had existed before. Bob Shane, Nick Reynolds and Dave Guard literally morphed into a cultural phenomenon. They pioneered the “College Concert” now a part of American life.
With their signature-striped shirts, banjos, bongos, guitars and charismatic personalities, they became the most outstanding singing and recording act of their time. Consider: they set one debut album sales record that remained unbeaten for five decades until a young woman came along named Beyonce. That’s how popular the Kingston Trio was and still is…
Genre Tags: American Folk Revival, Folk
Sponsored by: Bill & Becky Ballantine, Sue & Santos Contreras, and MRM Capital
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