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The Sixties Show

February 11      8:00 pm

Take a trip back to another time and place that was the 1960’s, where an AM radio is blasting out the latest sounds from a convertible, on a warm summer starlit Saturday night on any street in the USA. Recalling some of the best shows and music by the Beatles, Byrds, Beach Boys, The Kinks, Buffalo Springfield, The Who, Dylan, The Doors, The Yardbirds, The Turtles, Cream, Moody Blues, The Zombies and several other acts like these is what the show is all about.

The Sixties Show is from NYC and is The Greatest 1960’s Musical Re-Creation Show in the World. The band features former members of Bob Dylan’s, Ray Charles, James Brown’s, Ray and Dave Davies { The Kinks} bands and current members of legendary multi-platinum pop superstars The Smithereens.

The show is a cross generational crowd pleaser and the band is widely celebrated and known for re-creating spot on, note for note re-creations of the hits, B-sides and deep album cuts from the greatest songs of the 1960’s.

At a Sixties Show performance you will take a trip back to another time and place that was the 1960’s, where an AM radio is blasting out the latest sounds from a convertible, on a warm summer starlit Saturday night on any street USA. You can revisit or encounter for the first time the feeling of that unforgettable era in time that were heady days of the 1960’s with The Sixties Show. You will experience the stripped down pulsating 2 guitars, bass, drum and vocal harmony laden British invasion type pop explosions up to the pivotal transition of late 60’s orchestrated blasts of harmonious rapture. The Sixties Show through their electrifying performances will transport you back to the 1960’s by meticulously recreating and celebrating the sights and sounds of that period.

  • All of the music is performed live, with no samples, backing tracks or prerecorded music of any kind.
  • The band uses a state of the art sound system but, only plays authentic 1960’s period vintage and re issue vintage gear and instrumentation just like original artist’s and original recordings. This combined with genuine 1960’s mod costumes that the band wears only adds to the meticulous detail and authenticity of this popular and powerful theater show.
  • In addition to the concert experience, the show is also powerfully dramatized by a combination of narration and 60’s archival audio and newsreel footage. The Sixties Show is a high energy trip back in time,   that reminds the audience how uniquely inspirational, entertaining, and historically significant the music of the 1960’s was and continues to be.

The members of The Sixties Show were hand-picked to perform and record with with Sir Paul McCartney, The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, The Bee Gees, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and other legends and individually have performed at the most renown venues in the world such a Madison Square Garden, The Hollywood Bowl, Wembley Stadium, The Grand Rex in Paris, The Budokan in Tokyo and others.

Band Bios

Craig O’Keefe
Musical Director, Bass, Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards

Craig hails from the sun stained-dark corners , desert dream paradise- land of illusion, road rage and earthly delights ,Los Angeles, CA and is the founder of The Sixties Show.

Craig honed his musical prowess on the LA scene writing, touring and recording with several bands most notably psychedelic au go go stoner core favorites Hal Lovejoy Circus {BMG Ent} who scored a Top 10 Hit on the Billboard Alternative Album Charts. He was also a founding member of the Hollywood, CA 90’s kingpins Annapurna {Warner Bros Records} who shared stages with everyone from Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, Oasis, Sublime and Weezer.

Craig was also the co-founder of LA underground fave raves and critics darlings Echoback {Acid Ceiling Recordings} whose critically acclaimed, yet sadly and commercially overlooked, “Paper Spaceships you Can Fly” CD landed in many of those in the know year’s end best lists.

Craig has also worked frequently as a session bass player and arranger for a slew of acts which won him coveted artist endorsement deals with G&L Guitars, D’Addario and Ampeg. His song writing /producing credits have been heard all over radio and TV such as ABC Television’s Smallville, the opening musical theme for TNT Network’s Saturday Night NBA Game of The Week, In store music for the Gap, Burger King, Nike, Starbucks and others as well as various compositions heard on HBO, Cinemax, Showtime.

Besides converting the world and elsewhere to the aural and sensory delights of the “The Sixties Show” he is working on a follow up CD to the harmonious Topanga Canyon styled psychedelia overdrive of “Mescal Emissions and Desert Transmissions”, the 1st album from his solo project Golden State Electric whose 2nd CD is titled “The Last Days of the Strange and Beautiful Machines”

Tom Licameli
Guitar, Vocals

Tom is the guitarist/songwriter of world renown cult favorites NYC’s Knockout Drops. Since the early 90’s, the Drops have put several EP’s and full lengths chock-full of catchy tunes and have performed tirelessly throughout the US and Europe. In December of 2005, the Drops unveiled their rock’n’roll theatre show, Escape from Bellevue. EFB is a multimedia blitz of the senses, comprised of autobiographical monologues, Drops music and video vignettes. The pioneering show was critically lauded and enjoyed a run of sold-out houses. The sound design and soundtrack of the same name were produced by Tom at his Kaleidoscope Soundworks Studio.

As a result of the show’s success, in 2007 the show evolved into a second sold-out run at NYC’s legendary Village Theater. The new production was handled by Westbeth Entertainment (Eddie Izzard, Billy Connolly) and Obie Winning Director Alex Timbers.

As a guitarist Tom has toured the US and Europe several times and shared the bills with such diverse acts as The Beach Boys, Mick Taylor, The Violent Femmes, Soul Asylum, John Fogerty, Love Spit Love and Semisonic. Being a devout Beatle Fan, one of Tom’s favorite memories was being invited to play a show at the famed Cavern Club in Liverpool, England where The Beatles graced the stage in their early days. Tom graduated from the Berklee School of Music. 

Jim Boggia
Guitar, Vocals

For more than 20 years, Jim Boggia has been winning over fans, critics, contemporaries and luminaries alike with his uncompromising devotion to the sort of winsomely nostalgic, emotionally direct songcraft that’s impervious to age. His sonically intelligent retro-pop manifesto includes three solo studio albums—2001’s Fidelity Is the Enemy, 2005’s Safe in Sound and 2008’s Misadventures in Stereo—and he’s worked with a startling array of artists, including Aimee Mann, Juliana Hatfield, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Bernadette Peters, David Poe, NRBQ’s Big Al Anderson, famed Beach Boys lyricist Tony Asher, MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, Elvis Costello and The Attractions drummer Pete Thomas, esteemed ’70s pop misfit Emitt Rhodes, and Canadian songstress Amanda Marshall.

Also an accomplished singer and guitarist, Boggia performs with the well-known New York City-based Beatles tribute band, the Fab Faux, as well as Mad Dogs & Dominos, an 18-piece collective headed by a heavyweight roster that includes Blues Brothers alum Lou Marini and producer John Leventhal. Oh, and he plays a mean ukulele.

Chris Parker
Drums

The legendary Chris Parker is recognized worldwide as one of the most respected and successful drummers of all time. His discography and touring /performance resume is nothing less than astounding to say the least, as he is the drummer not just for The Sixties Show but several music industry legends. Chris was Bob Dylan’s drummer, prompting the prodigious Mr. Dylan to emphatically call Chris; “… one of the greats!” Many know Chris as the long time Saturday Night Live Band Drummer on NBC TV from ’86-92. Chris was also the drummer making records, touring and performing with; Paul Simon, James Brown, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Todd Rundgren, Elvis Costello, Burt Bacharach, Judy Collins, Peter Paul and Mary, Cher, Donald Fagan, Paul Butterfield, Boz Skaggs, Bonnie Raitt, Lionel Hampton, David Sanborn, The Brecker Bros, Pat Matheney, Don McLean, Barry Manilow, Jackie Lomax, Laura Nero, Ashford and Simpson, Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, Sinead O’Conner, Gladys Night and the Pips, , Robert Palmer and not enough space on this page to list the rest!

Dennis Diken
Drums

Dennis is a founding member and the drummer of The Smithereens, the acclaimed and pioneering New Jersey power-pop band that have sold millions of records worldwide (known for their hits “Blood And Roses,” “Only A Memory” and “A Girl Like You”). They celebrated their 35th anniversary this year.

As an in-demand sideman, he has performed with Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys, Al Jardine, Robert Lamm (Chicago), Bruce Springsteen, Nancy Sinatra, Ronnie Spector, Mary Weiss (The Shangri-Las), Ben E. King, Denny Doherty (The Mamas & The Papas) and was the musical director for “It’s Hard To Believe It: The Music of Joe Meek,” a sold-out revue at NYC’s downtown cabaret The Fez.

Also a noted record producer, session musician, author and pop music historian, Diken has contributed to numerous CD compilations, including collections of The Four Freshmen, Louis Prima, The Lovin’ Spoonful, The Four Seasons and The Beach Boys. Diken also DJs on the renowned free-form WFMU-FM and fronts his solo songwriting/recording project Dennis Diken with Bell Sound.

Peter Chiusano
Keyboards/Orchestrations

A Long Island native Peter taught himself to play piano in his childhood. As an adult he studied classical piano at Stony Brook University and continued his education studying jazz with Andy Laverne {Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz, Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Lionel Hampton, Michael Brecker, Elvin Jones,} among others. His playing has been described as “True Rock & Roll” and as having a “distinct personality”.

Having often served as Musical Director for select area theaters including Long Island’s BroadHollow Theatre, The Brewster Theatre Company and Musicals at Richter in Danbury, CT. He has also performed and recorded for over 20 years as an in demand player for hire with such acts as the renown 17 piece swing band The Norm Hathaway Orchestra and numerous area Rock & Roll acts.

Peter’s love and intricate understanding of 1960’s period music and arrangements combined with his great ear and meticulous attention to detail are some of the key ingredients that bring The Sixties Show’s sound to life. The Mellotrons and Moogs, the Hammond B3, Vox Continental and Farfisa organs, the Hohner, Rhodes and Wurlitzer electric pianos are all faithfully reproduced with state of the art gear and performed with the most accurate authenticity. His precise transcriptions of legendary 1960’s scores, orchestrations and arrangements are always spot on and sound just like the original recordings.

Peter also enjoys sharing his love of music with his many piano students. “They learn the masters. Bach, Beethoven and The Beatles.”

John Cardone
Bass, Backing Vocals

Growing up in the sixties, John was always drawn to music. Either playing drums on cardboard boxes, or later when getting his first violin shaped bass to imitate Paul McCartney, John had music in his head constantly and wanted to recreate it any way he could.

His musical influences span many genres of music. Chris Squire, Paul McCartney, Jaco Pastorius, John Wetton, John Entwistle, Greg Lake, Miraslov Vitos, Stanley Clarke, Ron Carter, and James Jamerson all were the foundation of John’s musical development as a bassist.

Early in John’s musical career, the British Invasion served as the launching pad for his melodic style of play thanks in part to bands like The Beatles, Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer, King Crimson, The Who, Genesis and Gentle Giant. Then in the 70’s and 80’s, jazz fusion bands like Return to Forever and Weather Report added a yet another dimension to John’s playing style. All of these different styles were meticulously studied, and all melded into a solid style of playing that can be melodic while still providing a solid back beat for the rhythm section.

Aside from playing in The Sixties Show, John plays in several different projects to keep his musical appetite satisfied, most notably with John Ford, a founding member of the British Invasion rock group The Strawbs. John also plays with Americana singer song writer Mike Barry, and Playback, The Band.