"Johnny Harper & Carnival" A Tribute to the "BAND" Saturday May 10th

I will out of the country, but I thought that people would be interested in this show. I will contact Marlene, the woman who sells the tickets, and she will save seats for the group, near the front.


Life Is A Carnival:A Tribute to THE BAND on their 45th Anniversary featuring:JOHNNY HARPER & CARNIVAL 

Buy Tickets - Brown Paper Bag

Saturday, May 10 8:00pm

$18 door / $15 advance/$13 seniors and students

Doors open 30 minutes before the concert. And, YES! There is free parking! At  The Blood Centers of the Pacific lot. Two blocks away, N.E. corner of Masonic & Turk. Please do not park in the loading dock.

In April of 1969, The Band – the great Canadian-American rock group whose ground-breaking recordings defined the “Americana” genre – made their first concert appearances in a legendary 3-night stand at San Francisco’s Winterland.  This spring marks the 45th anniversary of those historic shows, which will be commemorated in this concert devoted to The Band’s music, performed by the veteran East Bay band, Johnny Harper & Carnival.

According to Harper, “This show is really the first time a group has seriously performed The Band’s music in California, or any place west of Woodstock, since The Last Waltz (The Band’s famous farewell performance in 1976).”  Although The Band’s music sounds loose and folksy, it is actually very complex and challenging to play, with its unusual harmonies and rhythms, and the interplay of three overlapping lead singers.  Harper, who is committed to keeping The Band’s music alive in live performance, is a well known Bay Area guitarist, singer, songwriter, band leader, and record producer.  The concert will cover the full history of The Band’s music, from their debut album, Music From Big Pink to later masterpieces like “Acadian Driftwood,” “Life Is A Carnival,” and “Ophelia.” 

Harper’s veteran four-piece group – guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums, with all four members singing – will add horns and fiddle on this special show, to capture the instrumental textures of The Band’s recordings.  Famous hits like “The Weight” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” will be included in the program, but so will more obscure material, including one well-loved classic which The Band themselves never performed live!  Help celebrate a musical milestone with this unique and amazing show!

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  • Haydee L.

    haven't see any other events for this group, is still active?

    July 14, 2014

  • Carol

    3 hours of great music ... great performances - especially the horns. Nice to meet you Rachna ... next time we sit together.

    May 11, 2014

  • gary

    Sorry I missed this (due the 350BayArea.org conference. Sure hope I hear of another swing dance opp or find a woman dance partner

    May 11, 2014

  • rachna

    Lot of fun!

    1 · May 10, 2014

  • Jeanie B.

    Hi all,
    Would anyone like to meet for dinner prior to the show? If so, pls call me at 415.488.7733.
    Pls. leave message w/your # in case I can't p/u. I'll call you back ASAP.....

    May 10, 2014

  • Toni K.

    Is this The Band, as in Robbie Robinson's Band? Unfortunately, I have a wedding to attend tomorrow. Have some fun for me!

    May 9, 2014

  • Teresa

    How to indicate that I want a seat reserved by front with group? Do I go to Brown Paper Bag then RSVP, or RSVP and wait for confirmation that seat will be reserved? Or....?

    May 4, 2014

    • Sky

      Just RSVP "Yes" on the event page and a group of seats will be set aside for the group. You can ask the woman selling the tickets if you need any help finding the seats.

      May 5, 2014

  • Jeff

    I would love to see this show, but will be up at Tahoe having a high sierra good time. I hope you all enjoy it!!

    May 4, 2014

  • Beverly

    Thanks, Sky. It is good to know that regardless if there is a dance floor people do dance!

    May 3, 2014

  • Beverly

    This sounds like something very worth while. And I am glad to know there is parking readily available--is this a safe neighborhood coming out at night, Sky?
    But alas, I will be returning from a trip that day and cannot attend.
    Thanks, Sky, for arranging this music events. By the way, any dancing here ever?

    May 3, 2014

    • Sky

      This is in a very safe neighborhood. There is no dance floor, people dance in the aisles and the back of the church.

      May 3, 2014

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