The Lovin’ Spoonful Bringing “Magic” To Waterside Theatre [Concert Preview]

Posted By on March 3, 2014

Believe in Magic, because hit national recording artists the Lovin’ Spoonful will make their Outer Banks debut this summer as part of the 2014 Live At The Waterside Concert Series on Roanoke Island.

The Lovin' Spoonful will be live at Waterside Theatre on Roanoke Island on July 20.

The Lost Colony is excited to announce another event in the 2014 Live At The Waterside Concert Series:  The Lovin’ Spoonful, performing at the Waterside Theatre on July 20 at 8PM.   

The good-time sounds of the Lovin’ Spoonful made the quartet a fixture during the golden age of Top Forty radio.

Over a period of two years in the mid-Sixties, the New York-based group charted a string of ten Top Forty hits, seven of which placed inside the Top Ten at a time when the competition included Motown, the Beatles and countless British Invasion bands.

The Lovin’ Spoonful’s tuneful, poppy singles have stood the test of time and at least one of them, “Do You Believe in Magic,” remains a defining rock and roll anthem.

The four original members–singer/guitarist John Sebastian, guitarist Zal Yanovsky, bassist Steve Boone and drummer Joe Butler–came together in Greenwich Village. The folk-music scene was in full swing, but the electrified sounds of the Beatles and the other pop bands of the day had also caught their attention.

Retaining their folkie roots while exploring new directions, the Lovin’ Spoonful adapted folk-style fingerpicking to electric instruments. Their folk-rock hybrid was particularly evident in the unusual combination of autoharp and electric guitar on “Do You Believe in Magic.”

What really set the Lovin’ Spoonful apart from the mid-Sixties pack of one-hit wonders was their daring eclecticism. No two singles were written in the same style. Between 1965 and 1968, they tackled jug-band music (“Good Time Music”), ragtime (“Daydream”), country (“Nashville Cats”), folk-pop (“You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice”), hard rock (“Summer in the City”) and orchestrated pop (“She Is Still a Mystery”).

The consequences of a 1966 arrest of two band members led to the band’s gradual dissolution, with Yanovsky leaving in 1967. Sebastian, the group’s founder and leader, quit in 1968.The group’s final album featured only Joe Butler from the original group. John Sebastian launched a successful solo career that found him giving one of the more memorable performances at Woodstock in August 1969.

Many years later, in 1980, the Lovin’ Spoonful came together one more time to perform a cameo in Paul Simon’s film One-Trick Pony. In 1991 a long awaited settlement with their record company inspired Joe and Steve to contact Jerry and start up The Lovin’ Spoonful again. 

On March 6, 2000 they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.

Lost Colony CEO Bill Coleman says: “Last week we put tickets on sale for ‘1964: The Tribute’ which will open the series on June 15.  We’ve already sold hundreds of tickets for that event.  The Lovin’ Spoonful is a band whose music was an important part of the soundtrack of many of our lives.  We couldn’t be more excited to have these Rock and Roll icons performing at the Waterside Theatre.”

The Lovin’ Spoonful will be live at the Waterside Theatre on Roanoke Island on July 20, starting at 8pm.

Tickets will go on sale to Roanoke Island Historical Association Members this Monday, March 10, and to the general public on Friday, March 14, for $30 each, with a limited number of VIP tickets available for $60, including premium seating and exclusive access to the VIP lounge.

You can purchase your tickets online here.


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Posted by Matt Artz

Matt Artz was a lead reporter and photographer for 'The Coastland Times' newspaper from 2000 to 2009, and has been published in the Outer Banks Sentinel, North Beach Sun, Outer Banks Milepost, among others, before launching OBX Entertainment, NC Film News, and Halloween Daily News in 2012. Matt and Sue Artz are also the founders of the annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade and the Halloween International Film Festival.

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