In a couple weeks I’ll be taking the stage at Crown Centre in Kansas City to perform in A Night On the Town Cabaret series at Musical Theatre Heritage. The three night stand will explore some highlights from my stage career including Buddy Holly, Hank Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Phil Ochs as well as share some of my own stories and songs. Think Buddy Holly/Zachary Stevenson unplugged.
If you’re in Kansas City this Valentine’s Day there is only one place to be: The Living Room!
Inspired by Back to the Future, the Living Room’s Enchantment Under the Sea Dance will be rockin’ all the way back to the 50s this coming Valentine’s Day. Featuring live music to twist, hop, and jive to from Zachary Stevenson & the Satellites, there will be everything you loved about your high school dances with none of the stuff you hated. Dancing? Yes. Spiked punch? You bet. A crowned King and Queen? Absolutely. Throwing up in the bathroom? We sure hope not. So put your dancing shoes on and leave the “heavy” stuff behind. It’s your density.
Specializing in 50s and 60s pop, Zachary Stevenson has rocked his retro stylings in sold out theatres across North America for the past decade. You’ll hear the best of Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Richie Valens, Eddie Cochran, The Everly Brothers, Elvis – and more.
Before Zach and the Satellites, you’ll see “The Love Birds” AKA “A La Mode,” an authentic jazz band built upon Kansas City’s rich heritage of swing and blues.
”A La Mode builds upon that heritage and adds their own playful spin that is classic-meets-contemporary. Led by classically trained guitarist Clayton DeLong and enchanting songstress Jesica Poell, A La Mode takes the authentic smooth, bluesy and improvisational Kansas City jazz style and blends it with Latin, French and Gypsy Jazz.”,”You’ll think you have been transported back in time”- -The Record KC Magazine. A La Mode performs all of the old favorite jazz standards along side a few modern tunes with jazz flavor.
Doors open at 7pm
Zachary Stevenson and the Satellites at 8pm
Period or contemporary dress.
By popular demand, I’ve been asked to return to the Blue Frog for an extended evening of Buddy Holly. The 7pm shows on January 15 and 16th are SOLD OUT but the 9:30 shows still have some tickets left. Get your tickets HERE.
I just want to give a quick thanks to Pete Paquette and everyone at Paquette Productions for a wonderful experience on my first tour in Ontario in several years. The photo above was shot backstage in Chatham, ON. The following three weeks will see me and the stellar cast of Class of ’59 touring Alberta and BC. Check the sidebar for ticket info and dates. Hope to see you there!*
*Please note: we are not selling any merchandise on this tour. If you are interested in purchasing a CD please visit my STORE.
Ring of Fire: Project Johnny Cash opens tomorrow night. This dramatized tribute to the late, great Johnny Cash features a cast that really lights up the stage. Chemainus audiences are in for special treat with the debut of Jonas Shandel as young Cash and Tim Brummund as the “Man in Black” (as he called himself in later years). Both performers capture the spirit of Johnny with grace, reverence and powerful musicality. Samantha Currie‘s June is spot on. As Johnny would say, “she is beautiful and she is funny!” To top it all off I got to assemble my dream band to join me on guitar: Kraig Waye on Bass and Scott Carmichael on drums, with Mark MacRae and Andrea Cross rounding out the ensemble playing every instrument that we could throw at them. I’m so very proud to make my debut as Musical Director with such a talented cast, crew, and creative team. I’m really looking forward keeping the fire burning at the Chemainus Festival Theatre from now through April 11!
During the last Legends of Rock & Roll tour I had the pleasure of introducing my main squeeze, Molly D, to my hometown crowd. We decided to perform a duet of one of our favourite duos of the 50s – The Everly Brothers. It was such a hit that people asked for more from what we coined “The Everly Lovers”. So we had a little fun shooting “All I Have to do is Dream” at the apartment while we prepare to return for our Rock & Roll Christmas in December.
I’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who attended what I joked as an “entomologists dream line-up” – the Legends of Rock & Rock presenting a tribute concert of the Beatles AND Crickets. We played three packed venues in BC: the Mary Winspear in Sydney, the Port Theatre in Nanaimo, and the Cowichan Theatre in Duncan. The shows were very well received and we hope to reunite again for a more extensive tour sometime next year.
The Beatles are my long-time favourite band. It was a dream come true sharing the stage with the Fab Fourever. Not only was it a dream come true for me but I like to think we were living out a dream for the Beatles themselves. They were hugely inspired by Buddy but never got a chance to meet him in person. I think they would have gotten along nearly as well as we did 😉
Another dream came true for me on this tour. My dream girl, Molly Dee, made her dazzling debut performing in Canada. She lit up the stage performing highlights from Lulu and Dusty Springfield as well as forging a new act together as “the Everly Lovers”.
Next up: Molly Dee and I return along with the wild and wonderful piano talents of Lancy Lapinskyas Jerry Lee Lewis for a Rock & Roll Xmas in December. See sidebar for dates!