The Kingston Trio plays Southern Ground Amphitheater – July 21
This Saturday, July 21, Fayetteville will be taken back to the original West-coast folk music stylings of The Kingston Trio; with opening act, Shades of Blue.
The Kingston Trio is one of the few groups today that has survived the many changes in the world of music. They have remained consistent in their sound, which probably explains their resurgence in popularity over the last few years.
The original Kingston Trio was formed in 1957 by Bob Shane, Nick Reynolds and Dave Guard, while the three were attending college in the San Francisco area. Using only acoustic guitars and banjos, and singing simple yet memorable melodies, they revolutionized popular music, reawakening America to its own rich folk music heritage. The release of “Tom Dooley” in October of 1958 began the “folk music revival” and set the stage for Dylan, Baez, Peter, Paul & Mary and the entire protest movement of the 60’s. Later hits, including “Greenback Dollar” and “Where Have all the Flowers Gone” would help land The Kingston Trio as the number one vocal group in the world, a musical and cultural phenomenon whose record sales and concert draws were matched only by The Beatles.
In 1961, after two Grammy awards and numerous gold records, Dave Guard left the group and John Stewart was introduced, maintaining The Trio for another six years. In 1967 Bob, Nick and John disbanded The Trio to pursue individual careers. “Pop music tastes were changing again,” says Shane: “that whole ‘rock revolution’ thing spread from San Francisco across the country, and took a lot of our audience with it. But folk music is timeless, so I figured I might as well keep it alive.”
With the blessing of founding member Bob Shane, The Kingston Trio today still exists with longtime members George Grove and Bill Zorn, and relative newcomer Rick Dougherty. The Kingston Trio’s trademark three-part harmony and clean, crisp sound keeps them touring 30 weeks out of the year. As Bob Shane put it, “There is a tremendous demand for our type of acoustic music, and not just from those who remember The Kingston Trio. All people want is for us to sing a song, tell a story, and make it good.” In 2011, they received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 53rd Annual Grammy Award show.
Before The Kingston Trio takes the stage, Shades of Blue will make their second annual appearance to Fayetteville to play a lively set of jazz and blues music. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to make their entire set, beginning at 8 p.m.
Good seats are still available for The Kingston Trio, and range from $15 - $25. The next show will be 60’s British pop group, The Zombies on July 28.
Tickets to all shows are available via the website at SouthernGroundAmp.com and at the Historic Train Depot in Downtown Fayetteville.
The Southern Ground Amphitheater is owned by the Downtown Development Authority and managed by the Main Street Tourism Association of Fayetteville.