MOUNT VERNON — The Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival announces Sonny Geraci will be performing at the 2009 Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival on Saturday evening, Aug. 15.
Geraci is proclaimed by many as the most versatile singer and performer in the business today. He first exploded on the scene as the original lead vocalist with The Outsiders who hailed from “The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame City” Cleveland. The Outsiders recorded for Capitol Records, turning out four Top 40 hits: “Time Won’t Let Me,” “Respectable (What Kind of Girl is This),” “Girl In Love” and “Help Me Girl,” which was arranged by Chuck Mangione.
Geraci was a street kid, growing up in Cleveland to the music of Motown, the British invasion and all of the music that came before. When he sings Bobby Darin, listeners can close their eyes, and it is Bobby. Geraci touches on Do-Wop, Sinatra and even a medley of Jimmy Webb classics.
His biggest hit song was “Precious & Few.” As lead vocalist of his group, Climax, the million selling hits that were written exclusively for Geraci, “Rock & Roll Heaven” and “Bend Me, Shape Me” he performs live, as well as a tribute in a “Rock & Roll Heaven” medley: from Elvis, Bobby Darin, Buddy Holly, the Beatles, Ritchie Valens and Jim Morrison.
Along with Geraci’s group, the stage presence, comedy, musicianship and, of course, the great music itself, performed by one of the original artists of the music, makes for a truly entertaining evening.
Reserved seating for the Sonny Geraci performance is available. The reserved area is preferred, up-close seating, available on a first come, first served basis. Tickets can be purchased from the Knox County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 107 S. Main St.; or by phone at 392-3378 or toll free at (800) 837-5282. Advanced purchase is recommended to guarantee seating. Advanced reservations require prepayment.
Requests may also be e-mailed from the festival Web site at www.DanEmmettFestival.org (available after June 1). Space for bring-your-own-chair seating is available behind the reserved seating at no charge.
The 2009 Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival runs Aug. 13 through Aug. 16, with various activities each day. For additional information, contact the festival at 392-FEST (3378) or by e-mail to director@DanEmmettFestival.org.