(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – The three musicians currently performing as the Kingston Trio take the stage at the Colonial Theatre on Friday, May 15, 2015, at 7pm. Placing value on entertainment more than on folk authenticity or politics, the original Kingston Trio helped to popularize and commercial folk music during the original folk revival of the late 1950s with such hit songs as “Tom Dooley.” It’s not an exaggeration to say that the original Kingston Trio were the Beatles of the folk boom.
The singer-musicians who will be performing at the Colonial are Bill Zorn, George Grove, and Rick Dougherty.
In 1957, the original Kingston Trio – Dave Guard, Bob Shane, and Nick Reynolds – emerged from San Francisco’s North Beach club scene to take the country by storm, bringing the rich tradition of American folk music into the mainstream for the first time. During the late ’50s and early ’60s, the Kingston Trio was the number one vocal group in the world — musical and cultural phenomena whose record sales and concert draws were matched later only by the Beatles.
Through numerous personnel changes over the past 60 years, and group names alternating between the New Kingston Trio and the just plain Kingston Trio, musicians have carried the torch for the original members, reminding old and new audiences alike of their entertainment value and great influence on America’s love of folk music.
Tickets to The Kingston Trio are $55, $45 and $25. Contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444, or online at the Colonial Theatre. Ticket Offices are open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain.