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By Steven Lieberman
Observer Reporter 

Don't Miss Concerts Are Coming

Johnny Rivers, Petula Clark, Kenny Loggins , Timothy Schmit and Richie Furay Headline at Saban Theater


November 16, 2017

Five concerts that you don't want to miss are landing at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills and The Rose in Pasadena.

On November 17, "Secret Agent Man" Johnny Rivers takes the stage at The Rose. A two-time Grammy Award winner with 17 Gold records, 29 chart hits, and more than 30 million records sold will bring his expansive catalogue of music to share with his adoring fans.

In 1964, when the British Invasion was in progress and American rockers were tough to find on the U.S. pop charts, Rivers was one of the first to regain a foothold. While other musical artists were being overshadowed by Beatlemania, Rivers first Top 10 record came right in the midst of this phenomenon. He had a unique formula and distinctive vocal style that combined rock n' roll with R&B played with a verve and simplicity that gave his music a contemporary edge.

Over the next four years, his funky sound gave him a steady stream of Top 10 records which made significant contributions to the history of rock.

Some of the hits he will be singing will be "Poor Side Of Town," "Secret Agent Man," "Memphis," "Baby I Need Your Lovin'," "Mountain Of Love," "Seventh Son," and "Rockin' Pneumonia," among many others.

Then, on November 19, Petula Clark, everybody's favorite star of stage, screen and just about everything in between will bring her famous and special songbook to the Saban Theatre.

She first broke into the limelight during World War II when, as a child, she entertained troops, both on radio and live in concert. Since then, she has never stopped recording. Her career spans 50-plus years and over 1000 songs, including the blockbuster hits "Downtown" and "Don't Sleep in the Subway." A Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipient, Clark has had 15 Top 40 hits in the USA (two of them reaching #1 on the charts), and has sold well in excess of 68 million records.

She has appeared in over 30 films (including Finian's Rainbow and Goodbye Mr. Chips), enjoyed success as a Las Vegas superstar, as well as appearing on Broadway, and achieving star status on stage in London's West End.

On December 2, Kenny Loggins will bring his remarkable four-decade-plus career with him as his tour makes a stop at the Saban Theatre.

He partnered with Jim Messina to form the duo of Loggins & Messina which rocketed Loggins to solo-stardom. He's been at the top of the charts to the toast of the Grammys (two), had smash hits on Hollywood's favorite soundtracks, rocked worldwide stages, and found his way into children's hearts while bringing his smooth, beautiful voice to 12 platinum albums of a variety of genres.

His gift for crafting deeply emotional music is unparalleled. Some of the top hits he will be bringing are "This is It," "Footloose," "Keep the Fire," "I'm Alright," "House at Pooh Corner," "Celebrate Me Home," and so many more.

Two living legends, Timothy B. Schmit and Richie Furay, will make a landing on December 3 at the Saban Theatre.

Schmit's career unfolds back to the halcyon 1960's. He was in his teens when he charted for the first time. At the turn of the decade, he joined POCO and helped steer the band into its pioneering fusions of country, rock and folk, and then in 1977 he became a member of the EAGLES, an association that has continued on and off for decades.

At the same time Schmit also collaborated with other artists and their songs including Toto's "Africa," Bob Seger's "Fire Lake," Crosby Stills and Nash's "Wasted On The Way" and multiple tracks by Steely Dan. He also has been an invitee to Ringo Starr's All-Star Band.

He also released solo albums including Expando in 2009 and his newest release Leap of Faith.

Richie Furay formed Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Bruce Palmer and Dewey Martin in 1967. Even though the band existed for just two years, its three primary songwriters gave birth to over 40 years of groundbreaking music and the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

In 1968, Furay formed POCO, one of the first "country-rock" hybrid bands, with Jim Messina, Rusty Young, George Grantham, Randy Meisner (replaced by Schmit), and Paul Cotton. They recorded six albums with Furay at the helm, including the classics "Pickin' Up The Pieces" and "Good Feeling To Know."

Furay has also enjoyed extensive success as a solo artist, and with the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band.

Then, Todd Rundgren will be entertaining for the New Years Eve celebration on December 31 at Saban Theatre.

Rundgren is one of the true multi-faceted wizards of music with his state-of-the-art contributions. As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist, and, most recently, interactive artist (re-designated TR-i), Rundgren has made a lasting impact on both the form and content of popular music.

His biggest commercial hits are "Hello It's Me," "Bang the Drum All Day," "I Saw the Light," "Love is the Answer," and "Can We Still Be Friends."


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