Only The Lonely: more than just the name of an Roy Orbison song, but the name of the band that is keeping the legendary rock ’n’ roll pioneer’s music alive with a show in Langley tonight.
In fact, if lead vocalist and frontman Mike Demers has any say in the matter, his tribute group The Lonely will help the music of Orbison live on for years to come.
They’ll be offering a taste of the Big O’s music in an all new show being performed tonight (Thursday, June 1) at Cascades Casino.
“The Lonely delivers a sensitive and dynamic tribute to the one and only Roy Orbison,” said show promoter Rob Warwick of Rock•It Boy Entertainment.
Demers leads this group of musical journeymen and women in their mutual and deep appreciation of the timeless music of the Caruso of Rock, Warwick added.
Having seen them perform many times in past, he said that The Lonely “approaches the music with a humble spirit and sincere desire to recreate the sounds and feel of the original recordings.”
From 1960 to ’64, Roy Orbison landed 22 songs on the Billboard Top 40, including Only The Lonely, Crying, and Oh, Pretty Woman.
His impassioned voice, bridging the gap between baritone and tenor, coupled with his signature arrangements ensured the charting of the hits Dream Baby, Ooby Dooby, Blue Angel, Blue Bayou, You Got It and In Dreams.
Tragically, Warwick said, Orbison’s life was cut short in 1988, “leaving us only the music.”
But thankfully, he said, The Lonely is a group of experienced musicians who are keeping his music and spirit alive.
Doors open to the Summit Theatre at 7 p.m. for tonight’s show, with the band on stage at 8. Tickets are $42.50.
“This phenomenal band has been selling out shows right from their debut,” Warwick said. “Be there or be square!”
The ladies return
Tribute acts don’t end there.
Cascades Casino has built a reputation for bringing some of the music industry’s best impersonators to the Summit Theatre stage, and Bonnie Kilroe is no exception.
She’s returning with her Divas: Vegas meets Vaudeville show on Sunday, June 4.
For those who haven’t seen it, it brings together Marilyn Monroe, Dolly Parton, Cher, Mae West, Lady Gaga, and more on one stage, in one night, Warwick said.
Kilroe and her one-woman tour is returning with the offer of more than 40 songs and more than 20 characters – and just as many costume changes.
“This extravaganza will make your head spin,” Warwick said. “From start to finish it is all voiced, sung, and acted by one of the most talented performers around.”
Tickets for the Diva show are also $42.50.
Doors open at 6 p.m., with the show at 7 p.m.
“This professional production is filled with huge laughs and surprising twists,” Warwick said. “Natural comedic timing, versatile vocals, and a striking appearance result in a mesmerizing show that will dazzle the senses.”
Speaking of divas
Another group of divas is also set to hit Summit Theatre next week – this group bringing a stronger country flavour to the stage.
Jeanette O’Keeffe and Marlie Collins are the Country Divas, and they’re bringing to life some of the world’s biggest female country artists – the likes of the Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, and Reba McEntire at Cascades on Thursday, June 8.
This is a “hot new production,” Warwick said.
“The Country Divas deliver a fun and entertaining stage show…” he said, describing O’Keeffe and Collins as song and stage veterans.
“Features include powerful lead vocals, as well as choreography, costumes, audience interaction, and a huge variety of your favourite country hits.”
Tickets for this show are $37.50, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show beginning at 8.
Tickets for all three shows are available at the casino’s guest service, by calling 604-530-2211, or by going online to www.ticketweb.ca.