Joe Nardone's Rock 'N' Roll and Doo Wop performance scheduled for November 6 has been rescheduled to September 24, 2022.
Due to a scheduling conflict, Chubby Checker will no longer be performing at the September 2022 show. Gary Puckett and the Union Gap will be headlining, with The Brooklyn Bridge, The Happenings, 1910 Fruitgum Company and Shades of Blue.
Current tickets will remain valid for the new show date. Refunds are available at your point of purchase.
Joe Nardone presents an incredible five-act Night of Solid Gold on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at the FM Kirby Center in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.
Headlining the show are 60s legends, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap. In 1968, they sold more records that any other act, including The Beatles. From 1967-1969, they had six consecutive gold hits, including #1 smashes “Young Girl” and “Lady Willpower..” as well as “Woman, Woman” (#3 on cashbox’s charts), “Over You” (#5), “This Girl is a Woman Now” (#9) and “Don’t Give in to Him.” Still a handsome, charismatic performer, Gary is famous for his strong voice and power ballads. Nominated for a Grammy Award, they had more than 30 tv appearances, performed at the White House and toured internationally. The FM Kirby Center audience will love Gary and his band.
Co-headlining the show and returning to Wilkes Barre where they brought down the house a few years ago are The Brooklyn Bridge. Lead singer Johnny Maestro had hits with the Crests, including “16 Candles,” “The Angels Listened In” and “Step by Step,” prior to forming the Brooklyn Bridge. The Bridge, with four original members, does those songs plus their big hits of the late 1960s: “The Worst That Could Happen” (#3), “Welcome me Love,” “Blessed is the Rain,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Your Husband, My Wife.” Current lead singer Joe Esposito is amazing. He performed “Lady, Lady, Lady” in the 1983 film “Flashdance,” sang “You’re the Best” in 1984’s “Karate Kid,” and collaborated with Donna Summer on “Heaven Knows” and ”Bad Girls.” If you didn’t see them in their only previous Wilkes Barre performance, you have to see them now. If you did see them, your request has been granted…they’re back!
The Happenings, led by their fantastic lead singer, Bob Miranda, continue to WOW audiences. They had two #1 hits and four gold records: “See You in September,” “I’ve Got Rhythm,” “Go Away Little Girl” and “My Mammy.”
Also performing will be the 1910 Fruitgum Company. They defined “bubble gum pop” in the 60s, with hits such as “Simon Says” (#4 US, #2 UK chart), “1,2,3 Red Light” and “Indian Giver” (both reached #5 on the charts). Their other hit was “May I take a Giant Step.” They are a fun way get the Kirby Center crowd energized.
Opening the show are Detroit-based Shades of Blue. Their unique sound blends their Motown roots with “blue-eyed” soul. Their 1965 smash hit, “Oh How Happy,” was cowritten by Edwin Starr. They are the perfect act to open what will be a great night of sold gold music and memories. Thanks for keeping the music alive!
Tickets are on sale now at the Box Office at the F.M. Kirby Center, by phone at (570) 826-1100 or on the web at www.kirbycenter.org. For more information, contact Joe Nardone at (570) 829-3603.