‘Age of Aquarius 4’ show to play at Quality Inn, New Kensington
The four bands from “Age of Aquarius 4” are taking the show on the road.
Instead of performing at the Casino Theatre in Vandergrift, The Love Generation, First Light, Heidi & the Hellcats and Sourmash will play for the first time in the ballroom of the Quality Inn in New Kensington.
The Oct. 26 performance — three hours of peace and love — will include music from 1965-74.
“We love performing in the Casino Theatre, but we figured it might be fun to take it outside a little bit and spread the word,” said Tim Henry of Gilpin, a member of Sourmash and one of the organizers of the concert.
He says the space will allow for the audience to join in by dancing and also enjoy food and drinks at the bar.
“It will be more like a concert setting,” Henry says. “And with it being so close to Halloween we want people to dress up and hope they will.”
The groups dress for the times, which adds to the performance, Henry says.
“Attending a live event brings so much more energy and for us. It’s an opportunity to interact with the crowd,” he says. “We feed off the crowd.”
Live music is all about performance, says Jay Zanotti of Hyde Park, a member of The Love Generation. Live performances capture the moment and each time you play it has a different vibe. “We will be dressed for that time period and we want the audience to join in by showing us their style. It adds to the atmosphere.”
Going from the theater to the ballroom is a new element for the show, says Lenny Collini of Vandergrift, a member of The Love Generation.
Henry hopes for a large crowd because the event is a fundraiser for the Habitat for Humanity of Allegheny Valley and the Veterans of Valley Memorial Wall.
“The bands enjoy giving back,” Henry says. “We like to help out the community.”
John Tamiggi, executive director of Habitat for Humanity for the Allegheny Valley, says he welcomed the support for the memorial wall. The hope is to have veterans come and talk to the students and share stories, he says.
“It will open a dialogue between an audience and the veterans,” Tamiggi says. “We want to spotlight the historical perspectives of their stories.”
The Quality Inn is located at 300 Tarentum Bridge Road, New Kensington.
Show time is 7 p.m. Oct. 26. Tickets are $10 and available at sourmashrocks.com.
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 412-320-7889, [email protected] or via Twitter .