“Those Were The Days” – William Florian plus trio

Posted Thursday, November 5th

November 5, 2015

Media Contact:
Jane Onojafe
925.931.4855
jonojafe@cityofpleasantonca.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“Those Were The Days” – The Spirit and Songs of the 60’s.  William Florian plus trio.  Former lead singer of the famous ‘60s group The New Christy Minstrels, in concert.  Matinee only: Sunday, November 29, 2:00 p.m. at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton. Reserved seating tickets $15- $25.  Tickets available at www.firehousearts.org, 925-931-4848, or at the center Box Office, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton.

An upbeat musical journey through America’s greatest folk songs of the 60s. The concert includes songs Florian performed as a lead singer of the famous New Christy Minstrels, plus the beloved music of Peter, Paul & Mary, John Denver, Pete Seeger, The Mamas & The Papas, and more. Uplifting original songs are also included on the bill, presented with amusing stories in an intimate theater show.

Press Release

“Those Were The Days”: The Spirit and Songs of the 60’s

Starring William Florian, former lead singer of The New Christy Minstrels
Pleasanton, Calif.  William Florian and his trio present an upbeat musical journey through America’s greatest folk songs of the 60’s on Sunday afternoon, November 29, at 2:00 p.m. The concert at Pleasanton’s Firehouse Arts Center includes songs William performed as a lead singer of the famous New Christy Minstrels, plus the beloved music of Peter, Paul & Mary, John Denver, Pete Seeger, The Mamas & The Papas, and many more. Numbers include California Dreamin’, Today, Annie’s Song, Green Green, Kisses Sweeter Than Wine, and Blowin’ in the Wind, to name just a few.

Uplifting original songs are also included on the bill, mingled with amusing stories from William’s lifetime of writing and performing “across this great land.”  He includes reminiscences of the Beatles coming to America (prompting his first guitar purchase), the folk and rock ‘n roll bands he performed with in the 60’s, his time as a lead singer with the famous New Christy Minstrels in the 70’s, and many of his most memorable experiences over a rich musical adventure that’s still unfolding today with his latest songs, appearances, and recordings.

For this concert, William Florian is joined by his trio, including back-up guitar, percussion, and female vocals.

One recent reviewer notes: “William Florian is a perfect combination of musician and storyteller, blending wonderful music with humor and memoir. Our sold-out audience loved every minute of it, from the opening bars to the encore, and is begging for a return visit.” – Lauren Wolk, Cultural Art Center of Cape Cod.

Reserved seating tickets are $15 – $25.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.firehousearts.org, by calling 925-931-4848, and in person at the Box Office, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton.  Box Office hours are Wednesday – Friday 12:00 noon-6:00pm and Saturdays 10:00am-4:00pm, and two hours prior to the performance.

The Firehouse Arts Center is dedicated to inspiring passion through the arts.  The center is comprised of the 227-seat Firehouse Theater, the 2000 square foot Harrington Gallery, classrooms and rehearsal space, the grand atrium lobby, and the famous interior glass bridge.  With world-class performing and visual arts, exciting interactive programs for all ages, and a state-of-the-art venue which opened in 2010, we combine the sophistication of the culturally rich Bay Area arts landscape with the hospitality and intimacy of our own home town.  The Firehouse Arts Center is located at 4444 Railroad Avenue in downtown Pleasanton.  Media:  Jane Onojafe, jonojafe@cityofpleasantonca.gov, or 925-931-4855

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