In an evening orchestrated specifically for Folk music fans, the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) presents THE FOLK REUNION, starring The Kingston Trio and special guest John Sebastian on Saturday, November 11 at 8:00 PM. Tickets, starting at $40, are available at the CCPA Ticket Office and cerritoscenter.com or by calling (562) 916-8500.
THE KINGSTON TRIO emerged from San Francisco’s North Beach club scene, taking the country by storm with a string of hits that brought Folk music back into the American mainstream. “The brand of folk had a twist,” The New York Times noted. “The lyrics were less political than their predecessors’ … [The group] brought folk music into countless American homes for the first time. … The formula was astonishingly successful.”
With the No. One Billboard hit Tom Dooley, the band scored its first Grammy in 1958 for “Best Country and Western Recording.” (The Grammys did not have a Folk category at the time.) The single, which received the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998, was deemed one of the most historically significant recordings of all time by the Library of Congress. The hit was selected as one of the “Songs of the Century” by the Recording Industry Association of America.
In 1959, the trio won a “Best Performance – Folk” Grammy for The Kingston Trio – At Large. The group collected a “Lifetime Achievement” Grammy in 2011. Also known for Where Have All the Flowers Gone, The Kingston Trio was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.
The Kingston Trio’s new members are Josh Reynolds, son of original member Nick Reynolds; Mike Marvin, cousin of Nick Reynolds; and Tim Gorelangton. Compared to past members of The Kingston Trio, this new group more closely resembles the style and makeup of the original band, due to its use of a single microphone and the fact that one of its members is a direct descendant of an original member of the group.
The evening also features special guest JOHN SEBASTIAN, the singer-guitarist who founded The Lovin’ Spoonful, which stood out with the hits Do You Believe in Magic, Good Time Music, Daydream, Summer in the City, and She Is Still a Mystery. Widely celebrated for his spontaneous performance at Woodstock music festival, Sebastian was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
For tickets or more information on the performance, call (562) 916-8500 or go to cerritoscenter.com.
This article was released by Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.