Dennis Tufano To Top Off Evening Shade Concert Series

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Dennis Tufano, signature voice of the ’60s hit makers The Buckinghams, will wrap up the 20th season of Evening Shade on Friday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m. in Johnston Park. 

“Dennis and his band, Stevie G and the Rockerz, are excited about returning to Evening Shade,” event organizer Kyle Elrod said about the performers first here in 2012. “His classic rock show and familiar tunes will be a great way to bring this year’s 20th anniversary concert series to an end. He and his band, which will play before Dennis takes the stage, are some of the most talented performers ever featured during Evening Shade. This is a great way to top off 20 years of free concerts to the community.”

Provided by the Allied Arts Council of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, the concert is funded in part by local sponsors and under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission. Logan-Thompson PC is presenting sponsor for the final concert of the season. 

Review for Dennis Tufano:
A Chicago native, Dennis Tufano is widely recognized as the original voice of the Buckinghams. With his vocals leading the way, the Chicago-based group scored with a string of five Top 10 hits in the late ’60s, including the No. 1 “Kind of a Drag,” “Don’t You Care,” “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” “Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song” and “Susan.”  

Following his success in the Buckinghams, Tufano was part of the song-writing duo “Tufano and Giammarese” and recorded three albums with Lou Adler’s custom label, Ode Records (1971-1976).  In 1978 he wrote the music and performed with Elton John’s lyricist Bernie Taupin on Taupin’s album, He Who Rides the Tiger. He also has performed as guest vocalist and co-written with renowned composer and musician Tom Scott. With Scott as composer, Tufano performed the original title/theme song for the first 13 episodes of the long-running Family Ties television show.  

In 1982 Tufano toured with Olivia Newton-John and was featured with Newton-John on her HBO Special in two dramatically inspired duets, “Suddenly” and “You’re the One That I Want.” 

In 1995 he was invited once again to co-write, co-produce and perform with Bernie Taupin, Robin Le Mesurier and Jim Cregan on the Discovery Records CD Farm Dogs, Last Stand in Open Country. 

As an actor, Tufano has appeared in theater productions in Los Angeles and has worked in film, television, radio and commercials. He was also one of the founding members of an improvisational voice-ensemble called the LAMadDogs. In 1992 this group of actors began performing in hundreds of movies and on numerous television shows. They have produced and performed seven “live” radio dramas, three of which Tufano directed, for KMPC Radio Theater in Los Angeles.  

He also produced, directed and filmed a documentary in Chicago, Major Hall: Therapy Tuesday. 
Tufano is featured on the PBS Series My Music: My Generation—the ’60s and is included in the award-winning PBS-DVD series. He starred in “I Remember Darin,” a critically renowned tribute to the songwriting/performing genius of the late Bobby Darin.  

 “What better way to kick off the summer than to enjoy great music right here at home,” Mr. Elrod said. “This is a great time to support efforts by the Allied Arts Council to provide cultural activities for the community and support local businesses that help us provide these free concerts.” 

Mr. Elrod also encouraged concertgoers to pack a picnic supper to eat in the park, along with a folding chair or blanket, or to enjoy dinner at one of the downtown restaurants prior to the concert.  

In the event of inclement weather, the Evening Shade concert will take place in the Arnold Elementary School auditorium at 473 8th St.




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