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Verbatim: Gary Puckett, Guess Who on parks concert season

Statement issued Tuesday:

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Director Al Moll was joined by representatives from City Council, the Lincoln Foundation, and media sponsors as he announced the 2010 Foellinger Theatre season.

This summer’s events will feature more signature concerts, more nationally-known tribute bands, and more current movies.

“We’ll have a vibrant mix of entertainment, with dynamic new acts that will appeal to a large audience, as well as some traditional favorites,” said Director Moll. “And the best news is that we’re offering a lineup of exceptional performances at affordable prices.”

The Department has expanded the number of Signature groups this season, including Gary Puckett of Union Gap Fame, who garnered six consecutive gold records and top ten Billboard hits including “Young Girl,” “This Girl is a Woman Now” and “Over You.”

Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians with Al Pierson will make an appearance on July 23. Pierson shows a dedication to the distinctive and recognizable style and grand tradition that made the Lombardo Orchestra one of the most listened to, talked about, and imitated big bands of all times. They’ll perform memorable tunes such as “Seems Like Old Times” and “Ain’t She Sweet.”

The Guess Who will perform September 11. This world famous Canadian rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba had multiple hits in the seventies including “American Woman,” “No Time,” and “These Eyes.”

Three nationally-known tribute bands will take the stage this summer: Hotel California, an Eagles tribute, Revolution, the Beatles tribute, and The Bluz Brothers. Another new addition this year will be An Dro, a unique group that performs traditional acoustic music built on a foundation of Celtic and Irish music, and The Golden Dragon Acrobats from China.

The concert season will open on May 22 with the return of The Grass Roots in an all new performance. During their reign in the late ‘60s-early ‘70s, they set a record for being on the Billboard charts an unbelievable 307 straight weeks with hits like “Temptation Eyes,” “Let’s Live for Today,” and “Midnight Confessions.” The Lettermen, one of our most popular acts, will take the stage toward the end of the season in August.

Once again the Theatre will also offer free movies to the community, kicking off the season with “Michael Jackson’s This is It” along with a King of Pop dress-up contest. The season will be filled with current movies like “The Blind Side,” “Sherlock Holmes,” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” as well as the Disney movies “Up” and “The Princess and the Frog.”

To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.fortwayneparks.org or call the Parks and Recreation main office at 427-6000.

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