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Sixties Icons Still Relevant

Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey in Concert
Friday, February 17, 2017
Fred Kavli Theatre — Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

Songs performed: Blowing in the Wind, Puff the Magic Dragon, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, Leavin’ on a Jet Plane, Don’t Laugh at Me, Impeachable, If I Had a Hammer, This Land is Your Land, Goodnight Irene (and more)

peterandpaul-websiteComments: Two-thirds of the legendary folk-rock trio Peter, Paul and Mary (Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey) performed for a near capacity crowd in Thousand Oaks. Mary Travers was the third member and she died in 2009. The group came out of the New York folk rock scene of the 1960s. They went on to have major chart hits, and sell out concert tours for years to come.

Growing up I heard a lot of PPM’s music. My Mom was a huge fan of theirs. She used to play their music on albums, cassettes and then CDs. Plus she would sing and play the songs on guitar also. So when I saw that the two remaining members of the group where going on tour, I knew I had to be there to honor my mother’s memory (My Mom died on October 25, 2016).

The show was just the 2 guys and their guitars. Plus they added some tambourine to some songs also. They sang songs from their long career: Puff the Magic Dragon, Leavin’ on a Jet Plane, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, If I Had a Hammer, Blowin’ in the Wind and This Land is Your Land. It was a group sing-along for the big hits. As those were songs that everyone there seemed to know and love.

I love the fact that the group is still socially conscious. After all, this is the group that was at the March on Washington in 1963 w/ Martin Luther King. They protested the Vietnam War and for immigrant rights. They sang a song called “Don’t’ Laugh at Me” which Peter Yarrow has successfully placed in 20,000 schools. It is a song about tolerance, acceptance, and an end to bullying in schools. It includes references to different races, religions, disabilities and LGBT people too.

The two guys (Peter and Noel) each took turns performing solo material in the 2nd half of the concert. Noel (aka Paul) sang a song slamming President Trump called “Impeachable” to the tune of Nat King Cole’s ‘Unforgettable.” It went over very well with the crowd. Peter also sang against the current administration in his solo segment. His crusade was against what he sees as a bully in chief.

Noel’s voice is holding up better than Peter’s voice. But I appreciate the passion that they put into their performance. They had some witty repartee between them as they have had over the years during their concerts. I saw them as a trio a number of times with my parents. I did get teary eyed a few times during the night. But I was happy that I could be there and to share it with my husband. I know my Mom was there in spirit.

Thanks to Peter and Paul for sharing their artistry and their message of social justice with the crowd. I loved the fact that when we were leaving the parking garage a group of young people (in their 20’s) got out of their car and were dancing to “If I Had a Hammer.” It gives me hope about the future.

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Terrific Trios Part 2

What’s better than a duo, why a trio of course! Here are some of the best trios that have dominated the music scene.

 

Jonas Brothers

OK, here’s the guilty pleasure pick. Nick, Joe and Kevin are the Jonas Brothers. They sing, they act, and put on a great live show. Essential songs include “Burnin’ Up” and “Year 3000.” I am looking forward to some new music from them in 2013.Jonas Brothers

 

Destiny’s Child

Before her solo career took off like crazy, Beyonce was once the lead singer for this group. After the dust settled with the personnel shakeup, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and Beyonce remained. Another influential group, they had great songs like “Say My Name,” “Survivor” and “Independent Women.”

 

Wilson Phillips

Carnie and Wendy Wilson along with Chynna Phillips made up this pop vocal group. Offspring of stars from the Mama’s and Papa’s and the Beach Boys, these girls made their own mark on the charts. Essential songs: “Hold On,” and “Release Me.”

 

Thompson Twins

Part of the new-wave movement of the 80’s, this group was at it’s peak when there were 3 members: Tom Bailey, Joe Leeway and Alannah Currie. I remember seeing them at Hollywood Bowl during their heyday. Songs like “Hold Me Now,” “Lies” and “You Take Me Up” still bring a smile to my face.

 

LFO

Pop rap group LFO (Lyte Funky Ones) came on to the music scene during the teen pop boom of the 90’s. Composed of Brad Fischetti, Devin Lima and lead singer Rich Cronin, they had hits with “Summer Girls” and “Girl on TV.” Sadly Rich died in 2010 after a long bout with leukemia. Their first album got most of the attention, but their 2nd album was better in my opinion.

 

Heaven 17

Glenn Gregory, Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh were another synth-pop group from Sheffield, England. Great songs like “Penthouse and Pavement,” “Let Me Go” and “Temptation” came from this group. They also worked with Tina Turner on her comeback album “Private Dancer.”

 

Peter, Paul and Mary
Folk music pioneers Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey and Mary Travers started their careers in the socially-conscious 1960’s. They were always ones to stand up for causes. Before Mary’s death in 2009, I remember them singing a song about gay bullying after Ryan White was murdered. They had a great vocal blend. I was introduced to them by my mother and saw them a number of times live. Essential songs include: “If I Had a Hammer,” “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”

 

TLC
Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins, Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes and Rozonda ‘Chilli’  Thomas were one of the most successful female trios of the 1990’s. Known for their oversize personalities (and exploits) as well as their catchy songs, their ride came to a screeching halt with the death of Lisa Lopes in 2002. Their music lives on with great songs such as “Waterfalls,” “What About Your Friends” and “No Scrubs.”

So did I leave anyone off? I would love to hear your thoughts.

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