Culver City Observer -

By Steven Lieberman
Observer Reporter 

Rock Band America to Perform at Cerritos Center

Best Known for "Horse With No Name" and "Ventura Highway"

 

January 25, 2018



Legendary folk rock band "America" featuring the highly-talented harmonizing of duo Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley will be making a stop on their tour at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) on February 2.

Formed in 1970, their recording success has continued to delight audiences by performing over 100 shows per year. Their anthem is "Horse With No Name," but also are known for "Ventura Highway," "Sister Golden Hair," "Tin Man," "Daisy Jane," "Lonely People," among many other great hits.

They make every song they sing sound great with their most unique and recognizable sound and close vocal harmonies.

The band started out as a threesome when they all met at London Central High School in London, England (all three are Americans) and also included Dan Peek who left the band in 1977 and then died in 2011 at age 60. He co-wrote and sang lead on many songs. Bunnell and Beckley have triumphed in carrying the torch for their fallen friend and former bandmate.

They dubbed themselves "America" because they did not want anyone to think they were British musicians trying to sound American.

Along their early career path in the mid-'70's while still in England, they were fortunate to secure the services of Beatles producer George Martin who played a major role in boosting their success on a few albums.

Over four decades into their career, the duo continue to record material and tour with regularity and were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Some of their songs have reached Top Ten on the Billboard Charts, including "I Need You," "Ventura Highway," "Tin Man," and "Lonely People."

And you are sure to hear all of these hits when they take the stage at the CCPA. They are also known to tell background anecdotes about many of their compositions.

Then on February 3, one of Russia's top companies, Moscow Festival Ballet, dances into the spotlight as they will present the all-time favorite love story "Romeo and Juliet' and the romantic tragedy "Carmen." This ballet troupe was founded in 1989 by legendary Bolshoi Ballet dancer Sergei Radchenko.

Finally, on February 9, Christopher "Great Scott!" Lloyd (Doc Brown from "Back to the Future") revs up the excitement to 88 MPH in an electrifying show filled with anecdotes about the making of the box-office hit. Lloyd will share behind-the-scenes tales and his experience working with Michael J. Fox and Steven Spielberg. A screening of the iconic film will be followed by and audience-led Q & A.

For more information about these shows and other up-coming shows, go to:

http://www.cerritoscenter.com

 

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