Summer of Love
- Throughout 2017, Glen Burtnik’s Summer of Love Concert will be Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love – 1967, focusing on musical highlights of that year (as well as great songs from 1968 and 1969) which unofficially kicked off with the release of The Beatles Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band plus the release of many seminal rock albums including The Doors: The Doors, Jefferson Airplane: Surrealistic Pillow, The Rolling Stones: Between The Buttons and Their Santanic Majesties Request, Procol Harum: Procol Harum, The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Are You Experienced a plus iconic singles like “Creeque Alley” by the Mama’s and The Papa’s, “San Francisco” by Scott McKenzie, “The Letter” by The Box Tops, “To Sir, with Love” by Lulu, “Darlin’ Be Home Soon” by The Lovin’ Spoonful, “I Was Made To Love Her” by Stevie Wonder, “Happly Together” by The Turtles and many others…1967 was a pivotal year of social and cultural change that saw the birth of the rock festival in the Monterey Pop Festival that made stars out of Joplin, Hendrix and Otis Redding as well as the birth (and death) of the “Hippie” and the anointing of the “Flower Child”. That summer hundreds of thousands of young people traveled to cities like New York, Chicago and most significantly the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco to “turn on, tune in and drop out”, to meet the like minded at gatherings called Be-In’s, to find new ways of expression and to experience the music that was changing the world. Fashion changed, society changed, politics changed and rock music became an art form. The Summer of LoveConcert will take you back to 1967, as well and ’68 and ’69, to “Relive the Memories, Share the Spirit (with family and friends) and to Celebrate the Songs of the Woodstock Generation – The Music that Changed the World”.
- Glen Burtnik, alumnus of Styx and the original Beatlemania (he played Paul), touring bassist/vocalist with the current version of ELO, major label recording artist and hit songwriter (“Sometimes Love Just Love Ain’t Enough” – Don Henley/Patty Smyth, “Spirit of a Boy, Wisdom of a Man” – Randy Travis, and others) brings you the Summer of Love Concert. The Summer of LoveConcert focuses on iconic rock music from the period of time generally between the 1967 release of The Beatles revolutionary album Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band and the famous Woodstock Music and Art Festival in 1969. Comprising 12 or more performers including a horn section, strings, keyboardists, percussionists, background vocalists and an incredible rock rhythm section, The Summer of Love Concert recreates “note for note and absolutely live” the songs and the psychedelically flavored spirit of the Woodstock Generation. “I’ve always had a playlist on my IPod named The Summer of Love. I’m actually a hippie at heart. The music of that era is probably what moves me the most,” said Burtnik in a recent interview. The Summer of Love Concert includes music from artists like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Santana, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Jefferson Airplane, The Association, The Turtles, The Beach Boys, Scott McKenzie, Mamas and the Papas, Country Joe, Ravi Shankar, Procol Harum, Joe Cocker, Melanie, The Spencer Davis Group, Cream, The Youngbloods, and many more nuggets and surprises from artists like The Rascals, Chicago, Otis Redding, Sly and The Family Stone, The Strawberry Alarm Clock, Barry McGuire and more! The songs run the gammet from the psychedelic songs to rockin’ album tracks to a sprinkling of now hip Top 40 pop from that era. Jean Mikle, feature writer for the Asbury Park Press and Pulitzer Prize finalist writes “The Summer of LoveConcert, led by Glen Burtnik… was, for me, one of the highlights of this year’s concert going experience…..and……..I go to a LOT of shows.”
- To further enhance that experience, The Summer of Love Concert can also feature Marc Rubinstein’s Pig Light Show which is recognized as one of the most famous psychedelic light shows in rock history and is well known for its use in the late 1960’s as the house light show at Bill Graham’s legendary New York City concert hall, the Fillmore East.