Concert Review: “Happy Together Tour” 7/13/2017

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Last night at the world famous Canyon Club six classic bands treated a packed house to an evening of their most beloved songs by way of The Turtles’ “Happy Together” Tour.

The show kicked off right at 8:00 PM with singing voice of The Archies, Ron Dante. Ron is probably best known for producing all of Barry Manilow’s biggest hits but last night he took center stage and opened the evening with a bang or should I say a with a “Bang-Shang-A-Lang” Ron sang all of The Archies’ top hits such as “Sugar Sugar” and all so treated the crowd to a medley of his commercial jingles.

Next up was the band that was the inspiration for “The Partridge Family” television series… The Cowsills. Keeping the family name alive last night were sister Susan along with brothers Bob and Paul. The trio hit the stage with boundless energy and you could tell that playing their hit tunes really made them feel like kids again as they jumped and danced throughout their set.

In the third position were The Box Tops who are best known for their chart topping song “The Letter.” Although I personally didn’t know any of their other songs the three original members who performed were entertaining and in good voice.

Next up were The Association who were the first band of the evening to struggle vocally. Their set included the hits “Cherish,” “Along Comes Mary” and “Windy.” The band powered through their short set with humor that was most definitely on display to hide the sour notes.

The original voice of Three Dog Night, Chuck Negron, hit the stage next and proved that a 75 year old can still rock… a little. Negron’s set was all classic tunes by his former band such as “Celebrate,” “One” and “Joy To The World.” Chuck was definitely enjoying the limelight and joked that the crowd’s response was making him feel like he was young again like a 60 year old.

Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan better known as Flo and Eddie or better yet The Turtles closed the “Happy Together Tour” with their unique brand of humor and song. Their first number featured Flo dressed as Belle and Eddie dressed as the Beast and this was met with awkward silence. Kaylan tried to joke his way out of it to no avail. Next up it was what the audience came to hear… Turtles hits! The duo then performed “She’d Rather Be With Me,” “Elenore” and of course “Happy Together.”

The show ended with all the acts taking the stage for a medley of their previously performed hits. The audience was left feeling nostalgic and fully entertained with the songs they’ve loved for almost 50 years.

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Pat Francis currently hosts the popular comedy/music podcast “Rock Solid,” called 1 of the 8 great music podcasts to put in your ears by USA Today and featuring artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Sammy Hagar and Susanna Hoffs. His frequent appearances on Jimmy Pardo’s top rated podcast “Never Not Funny” are fan favorites. Pat began his entertainment career as a stand-up comic in Chicago, IL. After touring the country and performing in 42 states at comedy clubs and colleges, he relocated to Los Angeles, CA. There he appeared as a comedian on Comedy Central, AMC, the UCB and is a yearly regular at the San Francisco Sketchfest. For the past 5 years he has also served as Co-Host of the yearly event Pardcast-A-Thon which to date has raised over 700,000 for Smile Train. When not entertaining people in person he also makes his living as a Story Producer for reality television programs. It is also important to know that Pat is a monkey in a human mask.
Pat FrancisConcert Review: “Happy Together Tour” 7/13/2017