MOUNT VERNON — The Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival is pleased to announce The Buckinghams will headline at the 2011 Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival on Saturday evening, Aug. 13.
One of the most beloved and respected Chicago bands ever to explode onto the national scene, The Buckinghams’ live concerts pack power into 1960s pop rock. Bringing back great memories with chart-topping ’60s hits, The Buckinghams also perform popular ’70s favorites in their sets, electrifying audiences with high-energy fun. Since 1985, original Buckinghams Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna and their band have continued to deliver fast-paced, solid shows that get crowds up on their feet to enjoy.
Their No. 1 song, “Kind of a Drag” is a standout favorite that first made them famous. Next came 7 national chart hits, 15 singles, and 8 acclaimed albums. When Billboard Magazine named them “The Most Listened to Band in America,” overnight, The Buckinghams became national favorites on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Smothers Brothers’ Comedy Hour, American Bandstand, and other teen favorites.
Thousands of loyal fans remain devoted today, as their hits continue to be heard on oldies radio, classic rock stations, Sirius/XM satellite and channels across the Internet. Ever as enthusiastic and effervescent as when their records began their ascent up national charts, The Buckinghams’ Giammarese and Fortuna deliver nonstop, high-energy performances that audiences appreciate and request in shows filled with longtime fans, as well as new friends — teens and young adults.
Today’s stage act is a crowd-pleasing favorite as they deliver a show packed with tremendous music and good humor. Audiences love The Buckinghams today as much as they first did in the ’60s. Families book vacations around their regular appearances. With three songs on the Top 10 simultaneously, The Buckinghams enjoyed phenomenal success with hit singles including the powerful “Don’t You Care,” the soulful “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” and the national anthem of teenage love, “Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song,” on the national charts simultaneously. In 1968, the Buckinghams debuted “Susan” on The Ed Sullivan Show. In concerts today, crowds still sing along, “I love you, yes I do,” as audiences love knowing the words to all their songs.
Reserved seating for The Buckinghams performance will be available starting March 1. The reserved area is preferred, up close seating, available on a first-come first-serve basis. There is a cost. Tickets are available from the Festival website at www.DanEmmettFestival.org or at the Knox County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 107 South Main Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050, by phone at (740) 392-3378 or toll free at 800-837-5282. Advanced purchase is recommended to guarantee seating. Advanced reservations require prepayment. Space for bring-your-own-chair seating is available behind the reserved seating at no charge.
Highlights of this year’s Festival will include performances by a wide variety of musicians and performers, an Arts & Crafts Fair, the Homemades & Trades Show, the Knox Idol competition, a cheer competition, a flower show, a quilt show, the annual antique & classic car show, a motorcycle show and a wide variety of delicious foods.
The 2011 Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival runs Aug. 11–14 in downtown Mount Vernon with various activities each day. For additional information, contact the Festival at (740) 392-FEST (3378).