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  • Jun 24 2015 Peekskill's Paramount Theater Marks 85 Years With The Marshall Tucker Band

    Peekskill's Paramount Theater Marks 85 Years With The Marshall Tucker Band


    Photo Credit Peekskill Dailyvoice


    By Cassandra Huerta

    PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- The Paramount Theater in downtown Peekskill first opened with a gala event on June 27, 1930, and to celebrate its 85th anniversary, the theater will hold another gala celebration on June 27, 2015. 

    The historic venue will celebrate that anniversary with a live concert from the Marshall Tucker Band with opening act Sundown, a historical slide show and an exhibition of vintage photos from the Paramount’s storied past, a special commemorative playbill for concertgoers, raffles and an auction for authenticated signed guitars from some of music’s biggest stars, and more. 

    The Marshall Tucker Band will bring out all its classic hits for the Paramount’s 85th, from “Heard It In A Love Song,” “Can’t You See” and “Fire On The Mountain” to “Take The Highway” and more favorites.

    For Paramount CEO Kurt G. Heitmann, head of Red House Entertainment LLC which took over the operation of the theater in May 2013, the celebration of the 85th anniversary is deeply personal. “I was born and raised in Peekskill. Keeping this beautiful theater alive and thriving is a calling and an honor.”

    Local businesses and organizations are already on board to celebrate this  milestone for the city of Peekskill and the Hudson Valley. Confirmed sponsors include Alliant Insurance, D Bertoline & Sons, Croton Auto Park, N Dain & Sons, Franzoso Contracting and Energy Solutions, NY Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital, and Wheelabrator Technologies.

    In addition to the concert, festivities will include a red-carpet reception starting at 5 p.m., with a special appearance from the Peekskill High School jazz ensemble, led by band and music teacher John Hahn, and a plaque presentation commemorating the anniversary of the Paramount Theater.

    A number of autographed guitars will be raffled or auctioned at the event, all in... read more







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For a band classified by many as Southern rock, The Marshall Tucker Band never seemed satisfied with just rocking.  From their beginnings in the early '70s, their sound took plenty of changes musically -- swinging, grooving, jamming and going country -- and always stretched the boundaries.  Always a confident live act, MTB brought their A game to their South Carolina Music Hall of Fame Concert, recorded at Spartanburg S.C.'s Memorial Auditorium on Sept. 19, 1995.  Stellar sound quality enhances every detail, from the excitement of the crowd to lead singer Doug Gray's spirited drawl to multi-instrumentalist Jerry Eubanks' talented turns on flute, sax and Hammond organ.  MTB keep the energy high high from the start to finish with highlights aplenty, drafting fellow legends Charlie Daniels (dig his fiery fiddle work on "Long Hard Ride") and Allman Brothers stickmen Jaimoe and Butch Trucks, who join in with Daniels on the moving tribute to deceased guitarist / songwriter Toy Caldwell, "Searchin' for a Rainbow."

 -James Haag





One of the major Southern rock bands of the '70s, the Marshall Tucker Band was formed in Spartanburg, SC, in 1971 by singer Doug Gray, guitarist Toy Caldwell (born 1948, died February 25, 1993), his brother bassist Tommy Caldwell (born 1950, died April 28, 1980), guitarist George McCorkle (born 1947, died June 29th, 2007), drummer Paul Riddle, and reed player Jerry Eubanks. The group's style combined rock, country, and jazz and featured extended instrumental passages on which lead guitarist Toy Caldwell shone. The band was signed to Capricorn Records and released their debut album, The Marshall Tucker Band, in March 1973. They gained recognition through a tour with the Allman Brothers Band and found significant success during the course of the '70s, with most of their albums going gold. Their peak came with the million-selling album Carolina Dreams and its Top 15 single "Heard It in a Love Song" in 1977. Since then, the group has continued to write, record, and tour, and entertain fans from around the world. Friend them on Myspace and Facebook!

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