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"Baby Boomers Magical Music Tour" will be April 5-7 at the Shoestring Theatre, 380 S. Goodwin St., Lake Helen.
Anne Sollien, who will produce the theatre's Memorial Day show for the third time this year, usually joins her husband, Bob Sollien, to perform the music of their parent's generation -- swing, big band along with Cole Porter and Gershwin. But Mr. Sollien got to thinking that his own generations' music needs to be celebrated as well.
So, they will take a trip back in time to visit the baby boomers' folk music that emerged in the '50s and grew into the folk and pop music of the early '60s and '70s.
An opportunity to enjoy the tunes that help shape a new era and a new generation -- a generation of music that had more of a social and environmental conscience -- but kept it (for the most part) upbeat and fun.
So, Mr. Sollien gathered some "old" friends -- Cyndi Hansen, Ray Wood, and Cindy Hunt -- and some wonderful young people -- Alexa and Rob Baldwin, Sara Humbert, Kevin Lynch, and Rob Rathbun -- and put together a group of singers, instrumentalists, one key board and four guitarists to create the little group of performers for this Juke Box event.
Many will recognize the members of the group: Ms. Hansen has been the accompanist at several Shoestring Musicals, several of the others have performed on Shoestring's stage and at the Athens in many shows. Mr. Lynch and Mr. Baldwin have played together for several years, including at the Elusive Grape in downtown DeLand. Ms. Hunt sings and plays guitar with the praise team at Trinity United Methodist Church in DeLand. She also performs in a country-western band which tours in the area.
The group will perform acoustic versions of the music of Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Bob Dylan, The Kingston Trio, the Spaniels, the Shirelles, Peter Paul & Mary, The Mamas and the Papas, The Beatles, The Turtles, The Beach Boys, Elton John, James Taylor, Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Simon & Garfunkel.
The shows are at 8 p.m. Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7. Adult tickets are $15 and students are $8.
For more information or to make a reservation, call (386) 985-1655.