PHILIPSBURG – The music of some of the biggest acts in pop music will fill the historic Rowland Theatre on Saturday, June 2 at 7 p.m. when the group Four by Four performs.
The four-man singing group from Las Vegas will give the Rowland audience “an evening to remember,” according to Rowland Theatre board member Rebecca Inlow.
The group will perform hits from The Beatles, Bee Gees, The Beach Boys and the Motown era.
“If you saw last year’s show, Who Loves You, which featured the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, you will absolutely love this show,” Inlow said, adding that this program will offer something for every musical taste.
The Beatles are one of the most influential bands in history. Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr hit the world stage in the early 1960’s with songs like I Wanna Hold Your Hand and She Loves You.
Their sound evolved through the 60’s when they released the ground breaking Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album in 1967. This helped start the psychedelic era of music.
They are one of the best-selling groups in history with an amazing catalog of songs like Yesterday, All You Need is Love, In My Life, Let it Be and Here Comes the Sun.
Another of the most successful groups of all time is the Bee Gees comprised of brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. In Britain they had Top 10 singles in four consecutive decades beginning with the 1960’s.
They emerged on the music scene in the late 1960’s with Massachusetts and I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You. In the early 1970’s, they had hits with Lonely Days and How Can You Mend A Broken Heart.
Among their are best known songs are How Deep Is Your Love, Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever, More Than A Woman and If I Can’t Have You from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.
The Gibb Brothers were famous for their harmonies and their song writing skills. They wrote songs for other artists including Barbara Streisand, Diana Ross, Kenny Rogers, Jimmy Ruffin and Dionne Warwick.
The Beach Boys are a third group that has had a lasting effect on music.
Another brother act, Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, their cousin, Mike Love and Al Jardine developed their own “California Sound” with such hits as Surfin’ USA, I Get Around, Barbara Ann, Fun Fun Fun, California Girls, Wouldn’t it Be Nice and Good Vibrations.
Motown music originated in Detroit with Berry Gordy, a songwriter who started his own record companies. His acts included the Miracles with Smokey Robinson, the Supremes, The Four Tops, Jackson 5, the Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips and the Spinners.
In the 1960’s, they had over 100 Top 10 hits.
“This is the perfect way to kick off your summer,” Inlow said. “And it’s a great way to support the theater and ensure that the Rowland stage can feature other great live shows in the future.”
The theater seats 1,000 people and will not sell out, she said.
“There will be plenty of good seats available the night of the show.”
Tickets are $30 for reserved seating. You can purchase them at their Web site www.rowlandtheatre.com and at the box office.