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Dar Williams

“Dar Williams is a songwriter of immense talent” – Telegraph UK

Last Dance Productions is please to present Dar Williams in concert with special guest Catie Curtis, February 5, 2016 at the Regent Theatre, Arlington MA at 7:30pm.  This will be a benefit concert for Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Ticket information here.

Dar Williams

Dar Williams

Williams growth as an individual over her almost two-decade-long career has gone hand-in-hand with her evolution as an artist. Raised in Chappaqua, N.Y., and educated at Wesleyan University, Williams spent 10 years living in the thriving artistic community of Northampton, Mass., where she began to make the rounds on the coffeehouse circuit. Joan Baez, an early fan of her music, took Williams out on the road and recorded several of her songs.

Every new album from Dar Williams represents her thoughts and feelings about both her own life and larger forces in the world. But her ninth studio record, Emerald, marks a particularly dramatic confluence between her experiences and broader contemporary culture—and what it means to be a songwriter at this moment in history.

“I’m now experiencing the fruits of the alternative culture I was part of in the ‘90s,” she says. “I think I’ve made choices about how I lived my life, outside of the world that was going to fit me among the mainstream norms, and I chose to stay with my friends, to stay with my culture. That turns out to have been the sturdiest structure I could have built for myself. And that’s in my songs, it’s in my teaching. I’m a believer in what can happen when we make music together.” – Dar Williams  More on Dar Williams here.

Catie Curtis

Catie Curtis

Very Special Guest Catie Curtis is a veteran on the singer/songwriter folk scene. She’s performed at the White House, two Presidential Inaugural Balls, with Lilith Fair, and at Carnegie Hall. Winner of several Boston Music Awards, she also took the Grand Prize in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition (out of 15,000 entries). The New Yorker called Catie a “folk-rock goddess.”  More on Catie Curtis here.

Ticket Information Here

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is a nonpartisan organization that lobbies, educates and litigates in order to preserve the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans. More info here.

 

Hey Nineteen

On October 10, 2015, we were treated to quite a show, The Don Campbell band’s tribute to Dan Fogelberg was heartfelt and emotional. Hey Nineteen blew the theater away with their tight arrangements of Steely Dan compositions. Hats off to the Regent Theater crew!

Don Campbell Band

Don Campbell Band

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dan Fogelberg was a multi-platinum selling artist, with hits such as “Leader of the Band”, “Longer”, “Same Old Lang Syne” and a large and diverse catalog of over 20 albums. He passed away in 2007 after a three year battle with prostate cancer.  Dan remains a huge influence and musical hero of Don’s. On November 13, 2012, Don released a double CD, Kites To Fly: Celebrating the Music of Dan Fogelberg and in January, 2013 began presenting live performances of this music around his own busy schedule of Don Campbell Music shows.

More on Don Campbell here

 

Hey Nineteen

Hey Nineteen

Hey Nineteen is the premier Steely Dan Tribute band world wide. This 11 piece band is as close as you can get to the real thing! Performing this music authentically as in it’s original recordings with spot on solo’s, harmonies, arrangements, and vocals to pull our audience into the experience with us. It’s easy to close your eyes, get with the groove, excitement, musicianship, complex harmony and lyrics and believe you are with those we give tribute!

More on Hey Nineteen Here

AfterFab

AfterFab, America’s only band dedicated exclusively to the solo careers of all four BEATLES (1969-present) Friday, November 20, 2015 at 7:30pm, The Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA.

Tickets and Information here.

AfterFab is America’s only tribute to the solo years of all four Beatles – and their unique concept has fans buzzing. The genius of The Beatles didn’t stop with “Abbey Road,” and AfterFab brings the brilliant solo careers of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr to life with high energy and high fidelity to the original recordings. Over 70 hit singles and numerous iconic tracks compose one of the best-loved classic-rock canons ever, from “Band on the Run” and “It Don’t Come Easy” to “Imagine,” “What Is Life” and dozens more.

AfterFab has attracted praise from noted Beatles experts and authors such as Robert Rodriguez and Ricardo Pugialli. “They did the solo stuff and *rocked* it!” declared promoter Charles Rosenay following AfterFab’s 2014 performance at his Danbury Fields Forever Fab Four Music Festival. Beatles radio show host Ken Michaels remarked, “Passion. You could see it in their faces. They’ve really studied the music. And the lead singer, he was outrageous!”

Tickets and Information here.

What can you expect from an AfterFab show? A high-energy, passionate tribute to the mega-classic canon of The Beatles’ solo years, the only one in America, played with high fidelity to the original studio recordings. Beatles fans are absolutely everywhere and this unique concept and focus draws them in droves. It’s something new and different for Beatles and classic-rock fans, and general audiences, thanks to 70 US Top-40 hits and 325 million records collectively sold by John, Paul, George, and Ringo, post-Beatles. The genius didn’t stop with Abbey Road. This is the classic Beatles music that fans have been missing.

AfterFab is a formidable six-member powerhouse of long-experienced Beatles-expert musicians with a dynamic, entertaining front man and a talent for getting the music right. Not impersonators, but a music-first tribute along the lines of Brit Floyd, Get The Led Out, or The Fab Faux. Based in New England, the band began in 2012, designed from the start as a concert attraction for top music clubs, performing-arts spaces, theatres, and venues that desire to present something special for guests. Misson-driven to convey the brilliance of the solo Beatles’ legacy, AfterFab adds extra dimensions of entertainment with back-stories of the songs, fascinating trivia, and video of images of solo Beatles LPs, singles, adverts, and quotations.

Tickets and Information here.

Peter Yarrow

Peter Yarrow In Concert! November 8th at The Regent Theater in Arlington, MA. This very special concert will be a benefit for Folk New England.  Michaela Anne  Opens. Produced by Last Dance Productions.

Tickets Here!

“We all know the music of Peter, Paul and Mary—folk classics that remain the soundtrack for generations. But our patrons were thrilled to experience the relevancy of that music, and how it resonates through today’s headlines, when Peter Yarrow brought his solo show to the Tower Theatre. It was so much more than a nostalgia show. Peter connected with the sold-out audience in ways that went well beyond a normal concert: he encouraged sing-alongs and audience participation; he signed autographs at intermission; he personally greeted each and every one of our VIPs and members; he even auctioned two personalized guitars to raise money for our educational outreach programs. Peter turned our theatre into his living room. He created an inclusive atmosphere, encouraging each of us to change our part of the world. It was a memorable evening rooted in the historic milestones of his past, yet focused on the current issues that continue to call him to activism. We all know how all the songs of Peter, Paul and Mary sound; what a rare treat to hear what Peter thinks of them. “

–Ray Solley, Executive Director, Tower Theatre Foundation, Bend, Oregon

 

Peter Yarrow’s talents as a creative artist—both with the legendary trio Peter, Paul & Mary and as a solo performer—are frequently directed at using music to convey a message of humanity and caring. His gift for songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs from Peter, Paul & Mary, including “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done”, “Light One Candle” and “The Great Mandala.” As a member of the renowned musical trio, Yarrow has earned multiple gold and platinum albums, as well as numerous GRAMMYs.

Over the years, many issues have moved Peter to commit his time and talent: equal rights, peace, the environment, gender equality, homelessness, hospice care, and education. All have utilized his skills as both a performer and an organizer. Peter Yarrow’s life and work – culminating in the founding and leadership of Operation Respect with its “Don’t Laugh At Me” initiative – is based on his passionate belief that music, with its power to build community and catalyze change, can be a particularly powerful organizing tool.

“Yes, it will be nostalgic for many. But on another level, it will bring them a sense of what is still possible. Yes, they will sing ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane,’ and I will give them a sense of the current history of what this music is doing, and why it’s important. So it will be a history lesson, it will be a singalong that inspires, but it will also assert the importance of the continuation of this kind of music in people’s lives today. And where we’re going from here in those terms. It’s not necessarily a big lecture — it’s inherent in the music. They’ll get it. I know it, ’cause that’s what I do.” – Peter Yarrow

Tickets Here