MOUNT VERNON — The Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival has announced The 5th Dimension, featuring Florence LaRue, will headline at the 2012 festival on Saturday, Aug. 11.
In 1967, a little known vocal group called The 5th Dimension recorded a song called “Up, Up and Away” which turned out to be one of the biggest smash hits in musical history. The single won several Grammy Awards, the group capitulated to stardom, and their story has been one of success ever since.
The 5th Dimension has released over a dozen hit albums and received 14 gold records, six platinum records and six Grammy Awards. Their classics include such hits as: “One Less Bell To Answer,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “Stone Soul Picnic,” “Last Night I Didn’t Get To Sleep,” and “Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In.”
The group has headlined in both Las Vegas and Atlantic City regularly and continues to tour extensively throughout the rest of the United States, Europe and the Orient. Their personal appearance itinerary has placed them on the world’s most glamorous stages for over 40 years, including a tour of England and a performance at Radio City Music Hall with the late Frank Sinatra. While remaining true to their roots of intricate harmonies, The 5th Dimension continues to grow with the times to appeal to audiences of all ages and nationalities.
A portion of The 5th Dimension’s performing itinerary includes concerts with prestigious symphony orchestras. Their family oriented show has also allowed them to be a favorite at both Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida. They have performed at the White House four times and traveled to Eastern Europe on a state department sponsored tour.
Preferring for the group to be innovators rather than imitators, original member LaRue, along with Willie Williams, Leonard Tucker, Patrice Morris and Floyd Smith, have put together a show and sound that is truly their own, with more vocal range than ever and material that is fresh and varied. She also works hard to remain true to the sound of The 5th Dimension’s original recordings.
Reserved seating for The 5th Dimension featuring Florence LaRue performance are available. The reserved area is preferred, up close seating, available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is a cost per seat. Tickets are available from the festival website at www.DanEmmettFestival.org; at the Knox County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 107 S. Main St., Mount Vernon; or by phone at (740) 392-3378 or 1-800-837-5282. 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.
The 2012 Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival runs Aug. 9-12, in downtown Mount Vernon.
Published on July 10, 2012