Hailed as one of the best concert films ever made, THE BAND’s Last Waltz was filmed on Thanksgiving day in 1976. It was day-long event advertised as the “farewell appearance” of the influential musical group.
The event saw The Band joined by more than a dozen special guests, including Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood, Bobby Charles, Neil Young and The Staple Singers. The entire show and many interviews and anecdotes were captured on film by director Martin Scorsese.
On Saturday, November 24th – some of the area’s home gown best will take the stage as the Westcott Theater and The REBEL 105.9 present the music of THE LAST WALTZ, live in concert for one show only.
Syracuse’s Last Waltz will feature Los Blancos as THE BAND with additional keyboard duties handled by Scott Ebner (Ripcords/Tipphillbillies). Gary Frenay will serve as Music Director, and the list of guest musicians (20+) continues to grow and currently includes: Jason Barady (Floodwood), Kim Monroe & Chris Eves, Donna Colton, Rex Lyons (The Ripcords), Tim Herron, Artie Lenin, Pete McMahon (Super Delinquents), Jess Novak (on fiddle), Dugan Henhawk (Whiteboy & the WagonBurners) Ed Zacholl (Z-Bones), Joe Whiting, and Mark Hoffmann.
The music of The Last Waltz will follow the concert film format in relation to song selection, timing, and instrumentation. The film’s non-musical interludes and backstage footage also be shown during the concert. The music of The Band has historic musical significance world-wide and the same reverence is given by many musicians and music fans right here in Central New York.
A portion of the proceeds with benefit The Westcott Community Center. The Westcott is partnering with a local brewery for this special evening, if you bring a non-perishable food donation your first beer is on EMPIRE BREWING.
Doors open at 8:00PM for the 9:00PM show, tickets are priced at $20 in advance, and go on sale at noon Friday, Nov. 2nd at Sound Garden in Armory Square, thewestcotttheater.com and upstateshows.com.
Canned Heat's performance that was originally scheduled for September 16th has been cancelled. All tickets purchased will be refunded. Be on the lookout for a makeup date in the near future.
We're now taking submissions for the 2013 BIG BREAK Competition! Be sure to sign up your band by clicking the link above and filling out the form! Win cash prizes & free studio time!
Be sure to check UpstateShows.com for all of the great shows happening in and outside of The Westcott Theater This Summer!