Nylons reunion celebrates Brill Building music this week
GRAVENHURST – The Brill Building in New York City was the epicenter of music writing, recording, production and publication for decades.
It was the incubation centre for countless acts that produced the sound track from the 1950s to the sixties and late into the 20th century.
While it remains – though not as vital – New York is still the city for much of the music industry outside the emerging indie scene.
Micah Barnes, Billy Newton-Davis, Gavin Hope and Tyrone Gabriel, current and former members of the Canadian a capella group The Nylons bring that story to the Opera House stage for five shows over four days this week with their singing production of ‘Stand By Me’: Music of the BrillBuilding Wednesday to Saturday July 23-26.
“One of the most important musical landmarks in New York City is the Brill Building; where a small army of ambitious teenagers competed with each other to write the next million-dollar-seller for Elvis, The Drifters or The Shirelles. Along the way, this bunch made a long string of hit records that saw them leaving parents basements in Brooklyn and entering rock „’n’ roll history as they created the second great American songbook, filling the airwaves and the dance floors and jukeboxes of the world with the hopes and dreams of the American teenager,” says Barnes in a news release.
“We are all really looking forward to meeting audiences in Muskoka with the perfect summer evening out, one that will have everybody singing these songs for the rest of the season,” noted Barnes.
The show will offer evening performances at 8:00 pm and a special matinee on Saturday, July 26th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available through the Gravenhurst Opera House website, or by calling the Box Office at 705-687-5550 or Toll-Free 1-888-495-8888. There will be a special performance happening on Friday, July 25th in correspondence with Muskoka Pride Week, where patrons can join the performers following the show in the Trillium Court.
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