This Is The 60's
The 20th Century's most compelling decade will come roaring back to life in St. Petersburg during one exciting performance on November 23, 2012 at The Mahaffey. Introducing: This is the '60s, a unique multimedia blend of live music, film, dance, fashion, and animation. More than a stage show, and much more than a concert, This is the '60s, takes the audience on a time tunnel journey they will not soon forget. From the early days of the space program, through the hysteria of Beatlemania, and into the darkness of the Vietnam War, This is the '60s merges that entire turbulent decade into a cohesive and enthralling stage production.
Featuring thirty-five songs from the soundtrack that united an entire generation, This is the '60s, features the music of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Monkees, The Mamas & The Papas, The Fifth Dimension, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Three Dog Night, Jefferson Airplane, and many more. Performed live with no pre-recorded samples, the two hour-plus show features the skill and versatility of seven seasoned performers. Their note-for-note recreations of classic songs will keep audiences captivated throughout the evening.
The unique show is the brainchild of producer/director Jim Duffy, a veteran documentary filmmaker, author and musician, who has created programming for Discovery Networks and other national media outlets. “I combined the two elements I love most: music and storytelling,” explains Duffy. “This Is The '60s takes the audience on a journey—one that’s designed to entertain, educate, and stimulate."
Interspersed with the music and dance are vintage film clips featuring major news events, pop culture fads, and vintage TV commercials that carry the audience back fifty years. While many of the clips bring laughter and reminiscing, others are more poignant, such as the muffled drum cadence of President Kennedy’s funeral procession or the escalating war in Vietnam. The film clips also bring new depth and understanding to songs like Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” and Dion’s “Abraham, Martin & John.”