Glen Campbell’s band leader spearheads Beaver Falls tribute – Entertainment – The Times

Glen Campbell’s band leader spearheads Beaver Falls tribute – Entertainment – The Times

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A Beaver Falls concert, a Christmas release from a Moon band, and a country star performing at Heinz Field, and a movie about beavers are all part of this week’s Tady entertainment column.

Jeff Dayton hopes to shine like a rhinestone cowboy Tuesday, when he entertains at the Beaver Falls Middle School auditorium.

Dayton does a tribute show to his longtime boss, the late-Glen Campbell, thus able to draw from such hits as “Wichita Lineman,” “By The Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Galveston,” “Southern Nights” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.”

Tickets are available at the door for $20 ($5 for students). The 7:30 p.m. concert is the second show of the 2019-20 Beaver Valley Community Concert Association season.

“This tribute show will be fun and uptempo and full of humor with a great five-piece band from Nashville,” BVCCA spokeswoman Rhonda Ficca said. “But what makes it different is Jeff Dayton will relate many personal stories about Glen Campbell, as his leading man for 15 years. He knew his heart, his passion, and his struggles with Alzheimer’s.”

Dayton joined Campbell’s band in the late 1980s, guiding the country group in performances at the White House, Grand Ole Opry and NBC’s “The Today Show.” Dayton also appeared on Campbell’s live albums in the 1990s, including one recorded in Branson, Mo.

In 2002, Campbell downsized his touring band, so Dayton joined the Lee Greenwood band, and did fill-in work on Kenny Chesney’s 2003 Margaritas and Senoritas Tour. Now the Minnesota native fronts his own band.

“His band will span five decades of music the audience will love and reminisce with,” Ficca said. “We believe our audience is going to love hearing the songs of Glen Campbell and the BVCCA Board feels confident this second show in our series is going to be a huge hit.”

I’m emceeing the show, and will add a brief bit of context for concertgoers.

Here’s a bit of Beaver Falls trivia: The city’s most famous native, football star Joe Namath, recounts in his autobiography being a huge fan of Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman.” The two later co-starred in a 1970 movie “Norwood,” which fumbled at the box office.

“There we were, a musician and a quarterback acting in a Hollywood movie,” Campbell once recalled. “Neither one of us had acted before — and our records are still clean. I didn’t take to acting.”

Before he started pumping out country-western hits, Campbell spent several months as part of the touring version of The Beach Boys. That stint ended in 1965, two years before the Beach Boys played their one and only show at Geneva College in Beaver Falls.

I witnessed Campbell’s last Pittsburgh show in 2012 at the Byham Theater; part of a farewell tour rushed together after his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Campbell was charming that night, still picking a mean guitar and banjo and singing fairly well, with just a little trouble on the highest notes. A different band leader that night stayed close at hand to make sure Campbell’s banter didn’t venture too far afield. Campbell repeatedly referenced a sore knee, which became a running gag enjoyed by audience and artist alike.

It was touching night, with an unmistakable hint of sadness, though plenty of songwriting and performing genius shined through from the country legend who would die five years later 2017.

Should be nice hearing Campbell’s biggest hits Tuesday in Beaver Falls.

Beaver on big screen

They’re such vital animals, someone named a county after it.

Beavers changed the landscape, according to the documentary “Beavers: The Directors Cut” screening daily through Nov. 22 at the Rangos Giant Cinema at the Carnegie Science Center.

Three decades after its original release, this worldwide family film about beavers has been enhanced with new aerial wilderness scenes and a remastered soundtrack.

The film’s tagline: “The Biggest Dam Movie … Anyone Ever Saw” takes on added relevance now screening on western Pennsylvania’s largest movie screen.

Black and Gold Christmas

Moon Township rockers Chip & The Charge Ups landed guest vocals from Liz Berlin (Rusted Root), Jen Craven (A Common Crown) and Doug Carnahan (After The Fall) and gospel vocalist Char Fields on “Black and Gold Christmas,” a breezy holiday song released this past Friday.

Grooving along with a Joan Jett stomp, “Black and Gold Christmas” manages to work in references to pirogies, “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” and leaving a chair out to save a parking space, with a yinz, a “slippy” sidewalk and a “Let’s go, Pens!” chant added for good measure. The lyrics pine for the simple holiday wish of getting to hang with friends and family n’at, noting that any “I’ll be home for Christmas” road trips will require crossing at least one river.

“Black and Gold Christmas” will be released on all major digital music outlets and the Facebook page of Chip & The Charge Ups, which will debut it live Nov. 15 at Mr. Smalls Funhouse in Millvale.

Moore music at Heinz Field

Country star Justin Moore will perform on the field prior to the Pittsburgh Steelers home game this afternoon against the Indianapolis Colts.

Moore will sing his eighth and latest No. 1 single, “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home,” while surrounded by area military members who recently have returned from deployment. To cap off the performance, the U.S. Army Daggers parachute team will land on the field.

It’s all part of the NFL’s Salute to Service program.

Hit the Beach Slang show

Nov. 7-10 is be the busiest November weekend of concerts I can recall.

From Bob Dylan at the UPMC Events Center, to Tool at PPG Paints Arena; and Incubus at Heinz Hall to blues stalwart Buddy Guy at The Palace Theater, and Pittsburgh’s own The Commonheart (featured yesterday on “CBS This Morning”) at Stage AE, there are so many intriguing choices.

Though I might be most pumped for Beach Slang, the Philly rock band headlining the tiny Smiling Moose on Pittsburgh’s South Side this Thursday.

Beach Slang’s 2016 “A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings” topped my year-end album list.

Beach Slang’s new album, ’The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City,“ comes out Jan. 10, and features a guest appearance by Tommy Stinson, bassist for the band’s biggest influence, post-punk legends The Replacements.

You can’t miss Stinson’s spirited contributions on “Bam Rang Rang,” the album’s lead-off single streaming now. I’m told Beach Slang is taking its anthemic power-pop sound in more of a brash, Cheap Trick kind of sound, which ought to sound good in the Smiling Moose.

Scott Tady is entertainment editor at The Times and easy to reach at stady@timesonline.com






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