2015 SUMMER CONCERTS
2015 SUMMER CONCERTS AT CAPE MAY CONVENTION HALL
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Ricky Skaggs, Herman’s Hermits to play Cape May’s Summer Concert Series
CAPE MAY – The city announced its summer concert lineup during a press conference April 16 at Convention Hall. Despite technical difficulties, entertainers hired for the 2015 Summer Concert Series were able to communicate enthusiasm for coming to Cape May.
Performers, such as Gary Lewis of Gary Lewis and the Playboys fame, communicated with Mayor Ed Mahaney via Skype or by telephone, talking about their history and their scheduled performance in Cape May. The first celebrity performer to take the stage is Crystal Gayle, on Saturday, May 23. Gayle’s performance is $49 and precedes the start of the Summer Concert Series, which runs Monday nights for eight weeks. The first series performance will be by Gary Lewis and the Playboys on June 29. On the following Mondays, performances will be Ricky Nelson Remembered on July 6; Taylor Dayne on July 13; Foghat on July 20; The Texas Tenors on July 27; Herman’s Hermits on Aug. 3; Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder on Aug, 10; and Blood Sweat and Tears featuring Bo Bice on Aug. 17. All performances are $42. A ticket package is being offered for $294, and includes all eight concerts for the price of seven, plus a performance by the Philadelphia Boys Choir on Aug. 22.
Tickets for the boys choir concert are general admission and sold separately for $20, $15 for seniors, and if purchased in a group of 10 or more, $10 each. Mahaney said the scheduling of acts such as Crystal Gayle and Ricky Skaggs were in response to request for country music acts. Gayle, he said, would bring a 12-member band. She is best known for her song, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” Gary Lewis is the son of rock ‘n’ roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis. He and his band recorded seven Top 10 hits, with “This Diamond Ring” going to number one. Lewis said he has been a musician for 51 years except for the two years after he was drafted into the military.
Ricky Nelson Remembered features Nelson’s twin sons, Matthew and Gunnar. The pair perform their father’s hits plus some original tunes. Taylor Dayne is probably best known for her number one hit, “Tell It To My Heart.” Speaking by telephone, Dayne talked about a 25-year career that includes performing on Broadway, on television, and writing and performing songs in films – but she said performing music live was closest to her heart. “I was born to sing, and performing live on stage is one of the most rewarding experiences,” she said. Foghat started in the late 1960s, but is probably best known for the 1975 hit “Slow Ride.” Band member Roger Earl said the band has changed a lot since then, but the current band has been together longer than the original.
“I’m looking forward to a good time in Cape May,” Earl said. The Texas Tenors started on America’s Got Talent and perform all types of music, from country to classical. Peter Noone has always been the front man of Herman’s Hermits. Contacted via telephone, Noone said he genuinely enjoys singing and loves the songs he sings. Herman’s Hermits are known for songs such as, “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter,” “There’s A Kind Of Hush,” and “Henry VIII.”
“What I do for a job is what I do for fun,” Noone said.
Mahaney said Noone is known as much for his sense of humor as he is for his singing. He said last year Noone arrived a few days before his show in order to learn about Cape May and then incorporated the information into his act.
Ricky Skaggs is the second country act to appear on the Convention Hall stage. Primarily known for his mandolin playing, Skaggs is credited with helping rejuvenate country music.
Blood Sweat and Tears, Mahaney said, was formed with the idea that it would be constantly evolving. This version includes former American Idol standout Bo Bice. Bice said he was aware of the history of Blood Sweat and Tears, and had taken a lot of his performance from listening to David Clayton Thomas.
Bice, who has been with the band three years, said he is now producing other artists, running his own record label and studio.
For more information, visit capemaycity.com or discovercapemaynj.com. Tickets can be purchased online, in person, or by calling 609-884-9563, or toll free at 855-708-9699.
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