Kingston Trio Performing At San Francisco City Hall Celebration June 19th, 2015
|The city of San Francisco City Hall celebrated its 100 year anniversary June 19th, 2015 and The Kingston Trio was invited to sing, along with many other groups who also contributed to San Francisco's rich musical history. The outdoor concert was a huge success and the Trio was honored to be a part of it. Congratulations, SF City Hall!
The Kingston Trio All Star Tribute TV taping:
The Kingston Trio Performs At The Avalon Hollywood Under A Fabulous Stage Design, Bob Shane Performs Solo
Josh Reynolds Joins George Grove & The Rest Of The Kingston Trio For M.T.A., Bob Shane Sings With The Kingston Trio
(photos courtesy of ©2015 Henry Diltz Photography)
Birds Eye View Of The Set Design At The Avalon Hollywood
Robert Friedman wrote a really nice show review: read
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All-Star Celebration for Folk Pioneers The Kingston Trio, Wows Sell-Out House! Historic Music Event at LA’s Avalon Hollywood Taped For Public Television
On June 21st and 22nd, 2015, music history was made at LA's Avalon Hollywood (formerly the Hollywood Palace Theater), during a two-day taping of a new Public Television Live Concert Pledge Special: "The Kingston Trio: A Celebration!" Numerous musical icons gathered to pay tribute to the legacy of The Kingston Trio , one of the four best-selling acts in the history of Capitol Records, along with The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Frank Sinatra!
Beach Boys' Al Jardine, following The Beach Boy’s concert the night before at The Greek Theater, surprised current Trio members Bill Zorn, George Grove, and Rick Dougherty with a walk-on performance of "Sloop John B," a song The Trio recorded in the mid-50’s. When Zorn boasted The Trio recorded the tune first, Jardine deadpanned with, “but we had the hit,” then launched straight into The Beach Boys’ timeless version, playing Carl Wilson’s Rickenbacker 12-string electric guitar, and backed by The Trio doing Mike Love/Brian and Carl Wilson harmonies.
Sixties hitmaker Barry McGuire ("Eve of Destruction," "Green, Green"), sang the Trio’s classic "Greenback Dollar," a number one hit he co-wrote with Hoyt Axton. And when the Trio began their version of "La Bamba," recorded even before Ritchie Valens and Los Lobos did it, the crowd went wild when international singer, Trini Lopez, danced out to join The Trio for a rousing rendition of the song that he too, had a major hit with in the 70’s.
The evening featured surprise performances by fellow folk trio The Limeliters (Gaylan Taylor, Andy Corwin & Don Marovich), popular Northern California folk singer Sana Christian, and an emotional appearance by Josh Reynolds, a look-alike and sound-alike of his father, the late Nick Reynolds, co-founder of the original Kingston Trio. Josh performed his dad’s big Trio hit, “MTA” at the Sunday show, which was also Father’s Day. This theme that played out again when actress and photographer, Shari Belafonte, joined the production as the official still photographer. The Trio took their name from a lyric in the popular Harry Belafonte song, “Jamaica Farewell.”
But the evening’s highlight was an appearance by the legendary Bob Shane, co-founder and sole-surviving member of the original Kingston Trio (Reynolds, Dave Guard, and Guard replacement, beloved songwriter, John Stewart). After suffering a heart attack a decade ago, Shane has only made infrequent appearances with the Trio.
After a five-minute standing ovation, Shane delighted fans - new and old, with perfect renditions of “Scotch and Soda” and “Tom Dooley.” After another lengthy ovation, he brought out some special, longtime fans to join him in a rare performance of “Scarlett Ribbons”: Timothy B. Schmit (The Eagles) and Al Jardine (The Beach Boys). The packed house stood for another five minutes as they joined Bob on stage.
The producers will now begin taping testimonials and/or additional tribute performances from Tom Paxton, Brian Wilson, Woody Allen, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, Steve Martin, Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons), Lindsay Buckingham (Fleetwood MAC), John Sebastian, Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary), The Punch Brothers, Bjorn Ulvaeus (ABBA), Paul Simon, Mort Sahl, and Bruce Springsteen. The show will air in 2016.
Amongst the VIP’s in the Avalon audience were superstar rock photographer Henry Diltz; MTV ground breaker and former film partner of The Monkees’ Michael Nesmith, William Dear; San Francisco radio personality, Ray White; film & TV actress Tracy Brooks Swope; and Gregg and Janet Deering of Deering Banjos. Fans came from all over the world to be part of the celebration, from as far away as Germany, England, Brazil, Japan, and Taiwan.
Award-winning PBS Television Producer/Host, Terrel Cass, produced with Chip Miller, who was also the concert special’s director. “The Kingston Trio: A Celebration!” is a production of Desert C.A.M. Studios/Winmill Films and Terrel Cass Productions, in association with The Kingston Trio Company.
(for full Press Release and info please scroll down to "ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE")
KINGSTON TRIO FANTASY CAMP IS JULY 28TH - AUGUST 1ST 2015
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~Kingston Trio Fantasy Camp is is the best entertainment west of the Mississippi as far as we are concerned, thanks to the talent of the campers, who always knock our socks off!!!!
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NEW AT THE KINGSTON TRIO STORE:
~Looking For The Sunshine CD
~25 Years Non-Stop CD
~Aspen Gold CD
~Something Else CD
Buy Now at The Kingston Trio Store
Kingston Trio Inducted Into Banjo Hall of Fame
The Kingston Trio's induction into the Banjo Hall of Fame was held Sept. 5th - in Oklahoma City and was hosted by The American Banjo Museum.
The entire event was one class act, with some amazing banjo music and a lot of history. The American Banjo Museum is wonderful - if you are ever travelling through Oklahoma City, you should check it out. Banjo Heaven.
George Grove, Bill Zorn, Bob Shane & Rick Dougherty With Award From Banjo Hall of Fame
The Kingston Trio went into the studio again May 5th - 8th 2014 to start recording a new CD, again all new material. There were 6 writers who contributed songs, and they joined George, Bill Rick & Paul for the recording process.
A wonderful week was had by all! The writers are Dan Yount, Tom Craig, Wood Allen, Jack Betts, Mike Murray and George Weissinger (who also contributed "La Migra" to our CD "Born at the Right Time").
We are still working on getting this CD out. The Trio is adding 7 new songs, and will begin the recording process later in the summer/early fall. It's a long process and we appreciate your patience.
Here are photos & videos uploaded by Wood Allen of the 2014 session: click
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE FOR ALL-STAR KINGSTON TRIO TRIBUTE:
THE KINGSTON TRIO HONORED WITH ALL-STAR TRIBUTE TV SPECIAL!
Legendary PBS and Public Television producer, Terrel Cass, and his Terrel Cass Productions, along with award-winning filmmaker and television director, Chip Miller, and his Desert C.A.M. Studios/Winmill Films, have announced they are planning a two-hour 2015 all-star tribute concert and related documentary special for Public Television, as a tribute to the iconic "Godfathers of Folk Music," The Kingston Trio! Cass and Miller are working closely with original surviving member, Bob Shane and current Kingston Trio Bill Zorn, George Grove and Rick Dougherty.
The concert will serve as a pledge special for Public Television, and be taped live at the Avalon Theatre in Hollywood, CA, a venue next to the Capital Records Tower where the Trio recorded their award winning albums. Many other artists will be participating and announced in the coming months, but will include the present-day Kingston Trio of Bill Zorn, George Grove, and Rick Dougherty, and a historic appearance and performance by Bob Shane.
Other performers being discussed are Mumford & Sons, John Prine, The Lumineers, Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary), and Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas. Interviews with such luminaries of the era and folk scene, like Woody Allen, Barry McGuire, Michelle Phillips, and others will be laced through the special, and a short documentary will be created to compliment the concert, as well as an extended DVD version of the full program with bonus footage and performances.
The extended version will merge, so to speak, with a 2014 documentary that Bob Shane and The Kingston Trio were already developing and raising funds for, through the Trio's current official website.
In addition to the pledge special and the documentary, a national live tour of the current Kingston Trio will commence, to lend support to the TV show, and will feature various special friends and guests of The Trio, at each venue on the tour.
Miller will direct the two-hour TV special and oversee the stage show, and Cass will produce with Desert C.A.M. Studios' partners Don Pinckston and Travis Miller. Together, this venture has recently created successful specials for PBS TV: Diahann Carroll, Brian Wilson, Marc Anthony, Donovan, a Native American program with Buffy St. Marie, Mary Youngblood, Jana Mashonee, Tony Redhouse, etc., an Hispanic international program shot in Puerto Rico with Laura Pausini, Ana Isabelle, Natalia Jimenez, and former NY Yankee slugger turned guitarist, Bernie Williams, and their current Public Television Irish music and dance hit, "Rhythm of the Dance" shot on location throughout Ireland.
Miller has also directed over a hundred MTV and VH-1 music videos for major artists. While shooting in Ireland, Miller and Cass learned how popular and important The Kingston Trio were and remain to Irish musicians and contemporary Irish folk artists, considering the Trio has never performed in Ireland during their heyday.
And their relevance is growing each day, with more young people returning once again to folk and acoustic music, as well as the success of the recent, critically-hailed Coen Brothers' movie, "Inside Llewyn Davis," with its recreation of the early Greenwich Village folk scene - a scene The Kingston Trio helped to usher in.
Watch for date announcements and further information on the making of the Public Television special, "The Kingston Trio Legacy: An All-Star Tribute Celebration!"
MILESTONES THIS YEAR:
~George Grove is starting his 39th year with The Kingston Trio!! Way to go.
~Bob Shane turned 81 on February 1st!! Wow.
~The Kingston Trio is going into its 58th year! Who woulda thunk??
~After 15 Years of Kingston Trio Fantasy Camp, we have so much interest we have to extend camp by a day to a 5 day camp. Yahoo.
~A Very Comprehensive KT Documentary is being filmed this year. Amazing footage shot at a two day all star concert June 21st & 22nd at the Avalon Hollywood, and much more to come.
~There's another folk boom poised to hit the US. More youngsters will get it!
~Great NYT Article Comparing Kingston Trio To Mumford & Sons read
~The Kingston Trio biography, "Greenback Dollar" is an excellent history
Author Bill Bush knows his facts. Purchase at The Kingston Trio Store
Kingston Trio Sings National Anthem Before NLCS Game 6