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Concert in Wellsboro to recreate The Band’s ‘Last Waltz’

At 7 p.m. on Nov. 27, Stage Fright will be joined by three guest musicians as they recreate The Last Waltz, the famous farewell concert given by the Canadian-American roots rock group The Band on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 1976.

The concert will be indoors in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts, 104 Main St., Wellsboro.

The four members of Stage Fright share vocals and harmonies. They include: Joe Callahan of Wellsboro on guitar; Sean Monroe of Horseheads, New York, on bass guitar; Mike Watkins of Addison, New York, on piano, organ, accordion, mandolin and fiddle; and Mike Nickerson of Corning, New York on percussion.

The guest artists are: Josh Sperrick of Corning, New York, a member of the band Hilltop Revelry; Manny Quinones of Corning, New York, a member of Blue Eyed Soul; and Wellsboro’s Brandon Lusk, guitarist. They will play and sing some of the music by the famous artists that entertained during the Last Waltz concert.

Performing live, first as the backing musicians for Bob Dylan and then as headliners, The Band’s original members had reached a crossroads in 1976 after creating some of the most influential music of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Their Thanksgiving concert was a celebration and the last time this revered rock group would ever perform live again.

The Last Waltz was presented at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, California, the same venue where The Band first debuted in 1968. It would go down as one of the most spectacular events in rock history. At 5 p.m., turkey dinners were served to all 5,000 people attending followed by ballroom dancing to music by the Berkeley Promenade Orchestra and readings by poets Michael McClure and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. The Band’s show began at 9 p.m. and ended at 2 a.m.

The musical collaborators and significant influences from every stage of the group’s career were invited to perform. The Band’s famous guests included musical legends Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Neil Diamond, Ronnie Hawkins, Bobby Charles and Paul Butterfield. Taking part in two spontaneous jam sessions were Ringo Starr, Stephen Stills and Ron Wood.

The farewell concert kicked off with “Up On Cripple Creek” and continued with other hits by The Band such as “The Shape I’m In,” “It Makes No Difference,” “Life is A Carnival,” “Weight” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” It ended with them performing “Don’t Do It (Baby, Don’t You Do It).”

Stage Fright presented their first tribute concert to The Band five years ago in August of 2015. They perform songs from the Band’s entire catalog, including all their usual hits, along with their under-appreciated gems.

The Wellsboro House Restaurant and Brewery is co-sponsoring this concert with the Deane Center and will be selling beverages during the event.

Seating is limited to provide space for social distancing. Concertgoers are asked to wear a mask. This is not a BYOB concert.

Make reservations in advance by calling the Deane Center at 570-724-6220.

For more information about this concert and others, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220, email office@deanecenter.com or visit deanecenter.com.

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