Bandstand to Billboard
Bandstand to Billboard is back! This time our homegrown singing group/big band – back on the Franco Center stage in February – is bringing their high energy mix of song, dance, singalong and nostalgia called “Bandstand to Billboard: On The Flip Side” – our favorite songs and dances from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s.
The production, conceived by Eileen M. Messina, has been a favorite for the past several years and features a 6 person singing group doing both solos and close harmony numbers so famous in this time period, as well as a 12 person big band made up of some of the finest musicians in Maine. All gather for a one night performance and the chance to be rock n’ roll stars in the beautiful venue!
In addition to Messina, the group features other favorites from central and southern Maine, Michael James Litchfield, Renee Mahon Davis, Duane Glover, Sophie Messina, and Gerry Therrien. The other big feature of the show of course is the orchestra, featuring conductor Paul G. Caron on keyboards, Mike French on acoustic and electric guitar, Shane Davis on bass guitar, Mark Fredericks on percussion, Mike Plossay and Michael Trucheon on trumpet, Bruce Theriault on trombone, Blaise Spath on reeds, Alex Wong on cello, and Kate Fox and Linda Vaillancourt on violin.
Along with the music, there is as always a look back at the culture and current events of the time, as reflected in the advertising of the day, with a humorous look at vintage print ads interspersed between album covers and info about the original performers.
This year Messina says they are starting out the show with a group dance song medley, featuring numbers such as Land of 1000 Dances, The Twist, Limbo Rock, Locomotion, Copacabana,and Y.M.C.A. among others. Messina says: “We know how much the Franco Center audiences love singing along with us, so this year I decided to start the show out with a big dance medley as well. Wear comfortable shoes, we expect everyone to be dancing in the aisles!”