An Overview of the Show!
Created with excerpts from the article “The Kingston Trio, The Brothers Four, and The Limeliters LIVE! at MPAC” from the New Jersey Stage – by Spotlight Central originally published on 10/09/2019
The lobby lights blink, and we make our way inside the gorgeous MPAC auditorium where tonight’s first folk group takes the stage — The Limeliters — featuring current members Andy Corwin on bass and vocals, Steve Brooks on vocals and guitar, and Daniel Boling on guitar and high tenor.
Opening with the hilarious “Generic Uptempo Folk Song,” The Limeliters stand around a single microphone and delight the packed house as they sing,… The crowd responds with joyful cheers and whistles, at which point Corwin introduces the group members and the musicians launch into “There’s a Meetin’ Here Tonight,” a number which features upbeat strumming and strong vocal harmonies.
Here, The Limeliters perform a song which went on to become a worldwide hit for singer Mary Hopkin and her producer, Paul McCartney — “Those Were the Days.” The crowd happily sings and claps along on the well-known, “Those were the days my friend/We thought they’d never end/We’d sing and dance forever and a day” chorus.
Following the group’s hilarious rendition of a soft drink jingle sung by the original Limeliters, Corwin explains how the television show, Breaking Bad, included a Limeliters’ song which went viral on the internet. Here, Danny Boling’s pure and sweet voice is featured on “Take My True Love By Her Hand.”
“The group’s powerful harmonies are again featured on Lee Hayes’ “Lonesome Traveler,” before the trio concludes their portion of tonight’s concert with their rendition of Phil Ochs’ “The Power and the Glory.” Singing with passion and conviction, “Her power shall rest on the strength of her freedom/Her glory shall rest on us all,” The Limeliters lift audience members to their feet in appreciation.
After a brief set change, The Brothers Four — bassist Bob Flick, guitarists Mike McCoy and Karl Olson, and guitarist/banjoist Mark Pierson — take the stage in their matching red shirts.
With voices ringing out strong and clear as they sing into four individual microphones, the quartet opens with “I Hear America Singing,” accompanied by twangy banjo, acoustic guitars, and bass.
The crowd applauds when they recognize “Green Fields.” Sung with feeling and emotion, the gorgeous harmonies — lush and low — bring audience members to their feet.
The quartet concludes their set with a medley of train songs including “City of New Orleans,” “Blue Water Line, “The Wabash Cannonball,” “This Train,” and “Rock Island Line.”The crowd stands and cheers for this classic American quartet.
Following intermission, bassist Paul Gabrielson takes the stage to greet the audience.
He introduces the current members of the Kingston Trio — Mike Marvin, Tim Gorelangton, and Don Marovich — who open with “Hard Travelin.’”
Singing together on a single microphone, “I been doin’ some hard travelin’/I thought you know/I been doin’ some hard travelin’/Way down the road,” the trio trades lead vocals on the verses to energetic strumming.
Three-part harmony rings clear as the voices are softly accompanied by bass and guitars. “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” “Reverend Mr. Black,” “The Sinking of the Reuben James” “A Worried Man,” …
Mike Marvin takes center stage and his voice and guitar skills are featured on “Scotch and Soda” as he’s accompanied by Paul Gabrielson who shines on a bluesy, jazzy bass solo.
Then, the entire group returns for a Kingston Trio selection which, as Marvin explains, “won a Grammy in 1958” — “Tom Dooley.”
The crowd sings along on the catchy “Hang down your head, Tom Dooley/Hang down your head and cry/Hang down your head, Tom Dooley/Poor boy, you’re bound to die” chorus.
The audience cheers for this nostalgic performance and the trio concludes its set with the fast-picking and upbeat “I’m Going Home” where they say goodbye to the crowd crooning, “Well, no matter where I wandered/I know I’ll always find a welcome/At the end of every journey/There’ll be friendly people waiting.”
Following a hearty standing ovation, The Limeliters and The Brothers Four join The Kingston Trio on stage for an encore of three classic folk songs — “500 Miles,” “Michael Row the Boat Ashore” and “This Land Is Your Land” — inspiring audience members to stand while they sing along and cheer at the end.