TRIBUTE BANDS PAY HOMAGE TO “MUSICAL GREATS” AT GRUNIN CENTER

The British Invasion Years kicks off a variety of tribute bands to appear at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College for the 2017-2018 season. Performances take place on the Main Stage, Grunin Center, OCC Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ (unless otherwise noted).

The British Invasion Years: Saturday, September 16, 8:00 p.m., $25 – $20. More than just The Beatles, The British Invasion Years is three shows in one! To start, you’ll hear classic songs by iconic Sixties British groups. The Beatles took the first step by swinging the door open and turning the music world on its ear. As a result, American fans began to thirst for more British music. England answered the call by sending its very best – all of whom were eager to fill the Fab Four’s shoes. Then, the American musical “response” followed, with memorable hits by celebrated artists. Groups like The Beach Boys made us long to surf the waves, The Monkees made believers out of us and their TV show antics made us all laugh, and The Doors hypnotized fans with their unmistakable organ sound. This incredible musical trip back in time comes to a show stopping climax with music from the four lads who started it all: The Beatles! Experience this amazing nostalgic journey through the Sixties and celebrate the groovy generation!

The Everly Brothers Experience: Friday, October 27, 8:00 p.m., $25. The Zmed Brothers bring a genuine and youthful Everly Brothers Experience to the stage. Zachary and Dylan celebrate the genetic intimacy so ever present in the harmonies created by Don and Phil. When the guitar became electric, The Everly Brothers bridged the gap between country and R&B, creating Rock ‘n’ Roll that had never been heard before. With countless hits and classics, The Everly Brothers inspired artists like The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, The Kinks, and many groups that utilize the blend of two part harmony. Their career spanned three decades and they continue to influence artists around the world.

TUSK: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band – An OCC Foundation Benefit: Saturday, April 7, 8:00 p.m., $45 Concert only OR $100 VIP Reception & Concert (Black Box Theatre, 6:30 p.m., wine, beer, & gourmet hors d’oeuvres). Proceeds benefit Student Scholarships & OCC Repertory Theatre. TUSK covers all the great hits of Fleetwood Mac, which has featured the talents of Mick Fleetwood, Christine and John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and others over the years. The five seasoned, well-respected musicians comprising TUSK have been making music together in various combinations and styles, in original outfits and in cover bands, for over twenty-five years. It seemed only fitting that they should come together to form the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute, and pay homage to a group that dominated the charts during the band members’ formative years. Authentic-sounding and always respectful, TUSK leaves no stone unturned in replicating the sounds of one of the world’s best-loved, top-selling bands.

The OCC Foundation and The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts are partnering to host a benefit concert to support the students of OCC. Enjoy an evening of incredible music and food as you support the mission of the OCC Foundation. Despite the College’s best efforts to contain costs and maintain an affordable education, many students still have a tremendous need for financial assistance. Scholarships make the difference. Your support of this event can turn the dream of a college education into a reality for many Ocean County students! In addition to supporting the OCC Foundation, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the OCC Repertory Theatre Company. For more information on scholarships, please visit go.ocean.edu/scholarships.

Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles: Friday, May 18, 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $39-$35. Dinner Add-On Available: $25 Dinner in the Black Box Theatre catered by Prime 13. For more than two decades,Hotel California has touched the hearts of fans all over the world, by faithfully and accurately reproducing the Grammy Award winning sounds of the Eagles. See how a spirited blend of originality and the pursuit of excellence have taken the group to a level of international recognition normally reserved only for gold and platinum recording artists. Each concert presents an exciting showcase of The Eagles megahits such as “Take it Easy,” “Heartache Tonight,” and of course “Hotel California,” as well as selected titles from the solo works of Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh.

Purchase Tickets online http://grunincenter.org, call 732-255-0500, or visit the Box Office, Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Prices, dates, times, performers, and shows are subject to change. Subscription Rates and Military Discounts (active US military/eligible veterans) may be available.