Folk Sensation “A Band Called Honalee”
Tribute band returns audiences to the era of Peter, Paul and Mary,
when folk music was suddenly new for a generation of music fans
The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center will present a tribute to Peter, Paul & Mary and their friends, when “A Band Called Honalee,” produced by Broadway’s Aaron Gandy, takes center stage, Friday, March 21st at 7:30 p.m. here at the Center. Tickets are just $20.
Sara Randall Hunt, Chris Ware, Dennis Michael Keefe and Eli Zoller comprise “A Band Called Honalee” – a play on Peter, Paul & Mary’s lyrics for that band’s iconic song Puff the Magic Dragon – who “frolicked in the autumn mist” in a LAND called Honalee.
A Band Called Honalee is a tribute to the music of Peter, Paul & Mary, and their friends who were staples in the folk movement scene of the 1960s. Musically accomplished, interactive and energetic, their shows allow audiences to enjoy Peter Paul & Mary’s timeless music onstage once again. Their inventive arrangements of Peter, Paul & Mary favorites honor the past, while bringing fresh appreciation to long-time PPM fans and new audiences alike.
Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, The Mamas And The Papas, The Weavers, Judy Collins, and other folk and folk/rock artists were responsible for producing a new sound and forging a new era in the world of music. Some of their classic songs will be performed at this show as well by the band, including “If I Had a Hammer,” “Blowing In The Wind,” “Puff The Magic Dragon,” “Leaving On A Jet Plane,” “Early Morning Rain,” “500 Miles,” “If I Had My Way,” “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright,” “Both Sides Now,” and many more
Today, musicians like Marcus Mumford are leading a new American Folk Music Revival, and everyone is looking back in earnest at the last revival – the birth of the Folk Era of the late 1950s and early 1960s. This has been heightened by two recent developments, the recent passing of legendary banjo player/humanitarian Pete Seeger who inspired musicians like Mumford, and the triumphant release of the Coen Brother’s film, “Llewyn Davis,” about the birth of folk era.
Peter, Paul and Mary, (Peter Yarrow, Paul Stuckey and the late Mary Travers) were the largest exponents of that earlier revival – introducing Americans to the songwriting of major figures such as Bob Dylan and John Denver, to name just two examples – and focusing the pop charts on the new sound. Of course that “new sound” was really the old sound learned on America’s back roads by people like Woody Guthrie and recorded by people like historian Alan Lomax and Americans fell in love with it all over again through new media.
“This show is always met with so much enthusiasm when it comes to the Center,” says Sandy Hinden, Executive Director of the Center. “Folk music has made a resurgence of sorts and this show honors that revival with the incredible talents and high energy of the band. Folk fans will find this show highly entertaining and moving.”
Manhattan Dolls swing trio returns to Dix Hills,
Honoring Long Island Veterans
Sunday, March 16th
The Manhattan Dolls make their triumphant return to Five Towns College here on Sunday, March 16th, at 2pm, when the talented trio headline in Manhattan Dolls Through The Decades at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center in a star-spangled show honoring Long Island Veterans of all ages. The Manhattan Dolls are a popular Swing/Jazz style female vocal trio that regularly plays Manhattan clubs.
Tickets here are just $25 to $35, and are available through the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center box office at www.dhpac.org or phone at 631-656-2148.
Originally founded by real USO Girls, the group has performed all over the United States in parades, national television broadcasts, air shows, hospitals for U.S. veterans, VIP dinners, large “hangar dances,” award ceremonies and major jazz and supper clubs. They have been featured on BBC Radio London, Fox and Friends, LX4NY, The Tucson Morning Blend and The Rachael Ray Show to name just a few.
The women have appeared on stage with top-name acts, appearing in the U.K. with The Jive Aces, in France with The Cotton Candies, and with The George Gee Orchestra and the famous Stan Rubin Orchestra in New York City. They have just returned from successful bookings on both the Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II cruise ships, and will return to France a few weeks after the Dix Hills performance.
Their shows in Manhattan perform to sell-out crowds — who come for the high energy, incredible harmonies and pure nostalgia (comparisons to the iconic Andrews Sisters is inevitable) on Wednesday nights at SWING 46 with The Stan Rubin Orchestra. Long Island fans will only have to go as far as Dix Hills to see this critically-acclaimed show that will take its audience on a musical trip through the decades in tribute to Long Island Veterans.
“We are so thrilled that ‘The Dolls’ are making their way back to our stage right here in Dix Hills,” says Sandy Hinden, Executive Director of the Center. “Their last two shows at DHPAC were among the most well-received we have offered. The group truly is in high demand worldwide and they have been busy touring the US and abroad. This is the perfect opportunity for fans and supporters of local Veterans to come out for an amazing afternoon of entertainment and nostalgia.”
The talented women sing tight Andrews Sisters-style harmonies to timeless classics of which Long Islanders love to hear. Please visit the classy cantresses’ new website at www.themanhattandolls.com. It features photos, bios, audio and video clips of the young women who comprise the Manhattan Dolls.
The group is known for retrospective performances recreating specific periods of the classic Jazz era, ‘50s and ‘60s “Rockin’ with the Dolls,” and an “All Dolled-Up Roaring ‘20s” review. Their “Manhattan Dolls Through The Decades” show is a rousing Best of the Best of all their shows performed at the Dix Hills Center for veterans, family and friends, and all who are sure to love the Manhattan Dolls!
The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center Presents:
The Theatrical Drama “Fences” by August Wilson
Thursday to Sunday, March 6th – 9th
1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning Drama, Winner of Best Play in 1987, the 2010 revival
received 10 Tony nominations, winning three for Best Revival, Best Actor and Best Actress
The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center presents a Five Towns College production of August Wilson’s 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning Drama Fences, Thursday through Saturday, March 6th – 8th at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 9th at 2 p.m. Tickets are just $15, and $12 for seniors and students.
Written by one of modern theatre’s most successful and influential authors, Fences tells the story of how Troy Maxson, a strong, proud African American man, who has had to fight for everything he has, optimistically faces a changing world, family challenges and racism in 1950s Pittsburgh. He literally builds fences to keep death away. Wilson wrote ten plays about the African-American experience in the Hill district of this city in successive decades. Two won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
This play, which originally opened on Broadway in 1987, starred James Earl Jones and Mary Alice, both of whom won Tony awards for acting. Frank Rich wrote in the New York Times of Jones’ performance that “he might have found the best role of his career.”
Fences was revived in 2010 starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. Washington and Davis received Tony awards for their searing portrayals of Troy and his wife, Rose. The play also received the Tony for Best Revival that same year. A revival opened in London last year.
Wrote Ben Brantley in The New York Times: “All at once you feel that Mr. Washington is going to take Troy Maxson into dark and uncharted places, which is what he has to do for this mid-80’s play to register as more than a conventional domestic melodrama. Delivering that poetic riff, early in the first act, about going mano-a-mano with the grim reaper, Mr. Washington’s Troy morphs from the salty, genial everyman he’s thus far appeared to be into a much more arresting figure.”
The Five Towns College Theater Department production is being directed by James Beneduce, Assistant Chairman of the Theater Department/ Director of Theater at the college. Among many notable media credits, Mr. Beneduce worked with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman on television’s Law and Order series.
“Fences is a powerful and stunning dramatic work that, through superb narrative, provides insight into one family’s struggles with a changing world,” says Sandy Hinden, Director of the Center. “We are proud to offer our interpretation of this wonderful play, featuring the exceptional talents of the Five Towns College theater department. For drama lovers, this production is not to be missed.”
The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center Presents
“Mostly Moptop in The Fab ’64 Show,”
Exactly 50 years after the Beatles first Appeared Live on
“The Ed Sullivan Show”, Long Island’s Premier Beatles tribute band
Mostly Moptop will perform breakthrough Beatles tunes
from their historic albums from that period
The Dix Hills Center for the Performing Arts will present Long Island’s premier Beatles band Mostly Moptop live on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles American television debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. Mostly Moptop play regularly at DHPAC and contributes their expertise to the John Lennon Center for Music & Technology at Five Towns College.
The show, Saturday night, Feb. 8th at 7:30 p.m., is entitled “The Fab ’64 Show,” and will focus primarily on the Beatles’ breakthrough music from the historic albums “Meet the Beatles,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” and “Beatles for Sale.”
Mostly Moptop has been playing Beatles music as well as other covers from the ’60s through the late ’70s since 1995. They have performed with the Beatles Magical Orchestra conducted by noted American composer David Amram. They have played successful shows in many NY area venues and are known for wowing audiences with their faithful renditions of Beatles favorites as well as some solo work recorded by the Fab Four.
“I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I’ll Cry Instead,” “I Should Have Known Better,” “All My Loving,” and many more classic songs from the Ed Sullivan era will be expertly performed at this fun show, where audience members are encouraged to sing along.
Mostly Moptop is comprised of Anthony Pomes, who plays rhythm and lead guitar, bass, piano and vocals; John Tabacco on drums, piano, bass, vocals; Eddie Franz on rhythm and lead guitar, bass and vocals; and Paul Michael Barkan, who plays bass, keyboards, miscellaneous instruments and also provides vocals.
Come hear the tunes that launched the Beatles career and spurred an entire “British Invasion” of rock’ n’ roll, as could only be performed by Long Island’s phenomenal pop combo, Mostly Moptop. “The Fab ’64 Show” is a special one-time only concert experience and anniversary “celebration” that is a must-see for Beatles fans and music lovers alike.
“We are thrilled to once again welcome Mostly Moptop to the DHPAC stage as we honor the memory of the Beatles’ historic first appearance in America,” said Sandy Hinden, Director of the Center. “Mostly Moptop performs an extraordinary show of songs and reminiscences from the most beloved group of all time. We are looking forward to an amazing evening of music!”
In Celebration of Black History Month,
The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center Presents
An Electrifying Variety of Performances
A Tribute to Stevie Wonder,
The Great Jazz Organ & Piano with TW Sample, as well as
an Amazing Tap Dance Performance by Maurice Chestnut
all Top a Night of Festivities
The Dix Hills Center for the Performing Arts will present its annual celebration of Black History Month, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m., with an evening of performance that pays tribute to the remarkable achievements of one of the world’s most beloved singers as well as showcases the talents of two of today’s most versatile performers. Tickets are just $20.
“This celebration is always among our favorites, and the February 7th show promises to be one of the best ever held on Long Island,” said Sandy Hinden, executive director of the Center. “Those who appreciate fine Jazz will be moved by this show, and those who appreciate the fine music of Stevie Wonder and great dance will be jazzed.”
The evening starts with “A Tribute to Stevie Wonder” by Five Towns College Rising Stars, paying tribute to the man who has recorded more than 10 U.S. number one hit singles, 20 R&B number one hits, 30 U.S. Top Ten hits, 22 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award for Best Song, and to date has album sales totaling more than 100 million units.
The evening continues with Jazz pianist and organist TW Sample, one of the rising stars in the world of Jazz. TW Sample has a style that reaches from Jazz to Gospel to R & B. He returns to the Dix Hills Center with the great Maurice Chestnut who astounds audiences with his remarkable tap dancing abilities.
Chestnut was recruited by Tap Master Savion Glover to join the national touring company of the Tony Award-Winning “Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk,” where he received critical acclaim. He has performed on ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and with such prominent Jazz musicians as Christian McBride, Cyrus Chestnut and Thelonious Monk III, at the JVC Jazz Festival and The Apollo Theater.
*This performance is presented in collaboration with NYS Assemblyman Robert K. Sweeney.
Dix Hills Performing Arts Center
presents the music of Iconic band
Chicago with Beginnings
Saturday, February 1st
Few bands have established their authenticity as quickly as these
eight all-stars, who precisely recreate Chicago’s jazz-rock classics
The music of the legendary and iconic group Chicago will be performed when popular tribute band Beginnings takes the stage at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center, Saturday, Feb.1st at 7:30 p.m., Tickets are just $35, $30 and $25. Beginnings recreates both the music and excitement of Chicago right down to the legendary group’s haunting vocals and searing brass fanfares.
In the fall of 2002, Beginnings was born out of the love and respect for the music of one of the greatest American rock bands of all time – Chicago. Forged together by eight professional musicians, all veterans of the New York music scene, Beginnings, like Chicago, was a labor of love based on musicianship and professionalism. But a funny thing happened on the way to Carnegie Hall. An eight-man collaboration blossomed into a non-stop musical odyssey.
Beginnings is a tightly woven structure of intellectual musical talent rarely seen in today’s music world, either in the original or tribute arena. They are eight individually talented musicians who together comprise an ever-evolving universe of musicality that encompasses multi-instrumentalists and five lead vocalists. This depth of talent is focused on the band Chicago, whose song book spans more than forty years, and includes five No. 1 albums and twenty top ten hits. Their performances bring to life the music of Chicago, and exceptionally recreate every decade of the band’s hits. Beginnings is a family-friendly melodic adventure, exciting to music lovers of all ages.
For years Beginnings has entertained audiences all over the country. Their performances include Walt Disney World Resort’s EPCOT Center, Bally’s Atlantic City Resort and Casino, The Golden Nugget Atlantic City Resort and Casino, The Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino, Caesar’s Poconos Resorts, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Casino, The Circle Square Cultural Center (Ocala Fla.), The Company Theatre (Norwell, Mass.) and many, many more.
When a group of musicians from Chicago formed a band in 1967, it was their dream to integrate all the musical diversity from their beloved city and weave a new sound, a rock ‘n roll band with horns. Chicago Transit Authority was born and their dream turned into 20 Top Ten singles, 12 Top Ten albums (five of which were #1) and sales of more than 120 million records.
Members of Chicago were on hand to catch Beginnings’ show in Atlantic City following their own sold-out concert nearby. Since their humble beginnings in 2003, the band Beginnings has been thrilling audiences of devoted Chicago fans and general music fans alike at summer festivals, large concert halls and clubs in the New York Metro area. Now, they’re coming to Dix Hills for what promises to be another sell-out performance.
“With roots in favorite Long Island club bands, careers long dedicated to the Chicago sound, and serious musical credentials, the eight members of Beginnings differentiate themselves nightly,” said Sandy Hinden, director of the Center. “This show is a crowd favorite and one of the most popular in our line-up.”
The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center presents:
A Tribute to Chick Corea and
Return to Forever with Scogeojam
Scogeojam, an American Jazz Fusion band
widely known for its authentic recreations of the music of
Chick Corea and Return to Forever, will debut in Dix Hills,
Friday, January 31st at 7:30 p.m.
The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center will present “A Tribute to the Music of Chick Corea and Return to Forever” withScogeojam, Friday, January 31st at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.
Scogeojam, consisting of musicians Mike Desroches, George Panos, Scott Thomas Ferreira, Jason Fenichel, has made a name for itself by recreating the groundbreaking jazz-fusion music of keyboardist Chick Corea and his legendary band “Return to Forever.” Saxophonist Jimmy Halperin will be joining the band for the night.
Join Scogeojam for a night of music spanning the legendary Chick Corea’s many styles including songs from the albums “Now He Sings, Now He Sobs;” “Return to Forever;” and more. The band will perform both his electric and acoustic music. Anyone who loves Chick Corea, jazz, funk or fusion will love this incredible show.
Members of Scogeojam have opened for such major acts as Eminem, Stone Temple Pilots, Counting Crows, The Dave Matthews Band, Live, 311, Jimmies Chicken Shack, Blues Traveler, SR71, The Smithereens, David Crosby, Spearhead, Sugar Ray, and have toured in the Skynyrd Legends Tour featuring legendary members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Artimus Pyle, Ed King, Jojo Billingsley, and Leslie Hawkins.
Born in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1941, Chick, born Armando Anthony Corea, began playing piano at age four, and made his first mark as a sideman for Blue Mitchell, Herbie Mann and saxophonist Stan Getz, and sat in during sessions with Dizzy Gillespie and Donald Byrd.
Then, after touring with Sarah Vaughan, he recorded the now classic “Now He Sings. Now He Sobs,” album with Miroslav Vitous and Roy Haynes. He replaced Herbie Hancock as the regular pianist in Miles Davis’ band, which became known for early experimentation with electric amplification in jazz, and recorded classic albums such as “Bitch’s Brew” before forming his own avante garde band, Circle.
Corea formed the band Return to Forever in 1972 wanting to reach a broader jazz audience more intimately. Return to Forever, one of a handful of seminal fusion bands playing jazz on rock instruments in the 1970’s, featured Corea and bassist Stanely Clarke and a continuous stream of additional musicians – a veritable who’s who in Jazz.
Beginning with a heavily Latin-influenced album, “Return to Forever,” in 1972, Return to Forever evolved into more mainstream rock with its second album “Light as a Feather,” as Corea was influenced by John McLaughlin’s Majavishnu Orchestra. Later, the band was influenced by Corea’s wife Gayle, who sang on the band’s last studio album “Musicmagic” in 1977. The band then disbanded, but released a series of live albums, and later re-formed in 2008 to tour.
The Dix Hills Center for the Performing Arts presents
“70s and ‘80s Night featuring The LP’s and Decadia,”
Friday, Jan. 24th, at 7:30 p.m.
This night combines an Audiovisual Experience with a Live Concert Event
featuring two of popular music’s most prolific decades.
The Dix Hills Center for the Performing Arts presents “70s and ‘80s Night, featuring The LP’s and Decadia,” Friday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are just $35, $30 and $25.
The LP’s perform a unique audiovisual concert experience featuring the best Album-Oriented Rock of the 1970s. The LP’s set includes music from some of the biggest arena rock acts of the era, including Boston, Pink Floyd, Queen, Kansas, Chicago, Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin and many others. The show features 1970s nostalgia amid a stunning visual presentation that will transport the audience from deep space (as in Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon), to the deserts of Arabia (as in Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir), and back.
Decadia is a live band providing audiences with the ultimate 1980s experience by recreating the top music of that decade. Each Decadia show is jam packed with hit after hit, covering the favorites of the great musical decade of the 1980s. Performed by an unequaled, eight-piece band fronted by three amazing and entertaining singers, the biggest songs of all genres are reproduced with astonishing musical integrity. The giant screen video effects coupled with lights and lasers help make the show a spectacle that truly pays homage to this decade of great music. The band is comprised of top-drawing veteran musicians and singers with national act and Broadway credits (including Bonnie Tyler, Artimus Pyle Band, Blood Sweat and Tears, Movin’ Out, Spiderman, Ritchie Blackmore, Legends in Concert, Yoko Ono’s New York Rock, Elvis – A musical Celebration, Joe Lynn Turner, Grease, and more) as well as the biggest local bands in the Tri State area including Big Shot, Kid Gloves, New Life Crisis and Heart and Soul.
Together for one night, the two will provide a dazzling progression of popular music and stage effects.
“This is sure to be one of the most exciting shows we have had at the Center,” said Sandy Hinden, director of the Center. “The high energy, staging and combined talents of the members of The LP’s and Decadia will entertain the audience with an astounding retrospective of the great music of the 70’s and 80’s that is not to be missed!”
The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center presents
the beloved theatrical magician, Thaddeus
in a Special Matinee Performance
Sunday, January 19 at 2 p.m.
One of Long Island’s most popular magic men brings his
awe-inspiring show to the DHPAC stage
The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center proudly presents the delightful and theatrical children’s magician Thaddeus in “Mystical Adventures,” Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. here at the Center. Tickets are just $10 for this delightful afternoon performance. In this latest show, Thaddeus takes his audience on a tour filled with adventure, mystery and, of course, illusion.
Thaddeus has been performing magic for adults and children for more than 30 years. His shows are designed to reward children for using their imaginations by producing unexpected “magical” outcomes. Audience interaction is key when Thaddeus first suggests that they all imagine inanimate objects coming to life and then, to the audience’s delight and wonder, they appear to animate!
A West Hempstead native, Thaddeus, as he is known on stage, is also a highly decorated Nassau County police officer and trained medic in that county’s helicopter squadron. “My life is all about helping people in a very positive way,” said Thaddeus, “I teach children to dream and to make the impossible a reality. Helping children use their imaginations can help them when they need it most.”
“Thaddeus’ performance is always a warm combination of heart, values and well-honed skills,” said Sandy Hinden, Executive Director of the Center. “Audience members of all ages will love the magic Thaddeus creates with both words and deeds. It is truly an awesome production that will leave the audience amazed. Always a favorite at the Center, tickets to this production will disappear like magic. Get your tickets early!”
Thaddeus has been performing in Long Island theaters for more than 20 years as an actor and a magician. He also travels to schools and libraries with his own magical educational shows. He has performed his original show, Storytime Magic, for thousands of children.
Some of Thaddeus’ regional credits include playing Mickey in the Long Island premiere of Greetings, Felix in The Owl & the Pussycat and Willie Conklin in the Long Island premiere of Ragtime.
The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center Presents
Another Spectacular Show featuring
“The Wild Women of Comedy”
Saturday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m.
Hosted by producers Kit Stewart and Anne LiPuma, the showcase features some of America’s funniest women in comedy today
The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center will showcase some of today’s funniest comedians, as producers Kit Stewart and Anne LiPuma host the next event in the annual “Wild Women of Comedy Series,” here at The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center, Saturday, January 18, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are just $30 and $25.
Ms. Stewart is a seasoned comic who has performed at top-notch venues such as Caroline’s, Gotham, Catch A Rising Star and The Improv for more than two decades. Anne LiPuma has been producing shows and performing on stages throughout New York City.
This year, very funny comics Cory Kahaney and Tina Giorgi will bring their extraordinary brand of comedy to Dix Hills.
Cory Kahaney is a veteran comic who has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, five times on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson and in the first season of NBC’s The Last Comic Standing, where she made it to the finale. Other television credits include Comedy Central Presents Cory Kahaney, The View, and numerous episodes of Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher on HBO. Critics have called her comedy “flawless”.
Tina Giorgi has received rave reviews for her performances which critics have called “Comedy with a Brain.” Tina is a very versatile comic whose act can be seen in major clubs across the country. She is a mainstay performer in New York City and top venues in Las Vegas.
According to Sandy Hinden, Executive Director of the Center, “Each year’s show has been a complete sell-out. The show’s success is based on a winning combination of top-shelf talent and a devoted following. We look forward to the Wild Women of Comedy event each year. Get your tickets early.”