Song’s of the 70’s
The Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi
Friday, March 30th, 8:00pm
All-ages ’til 11pm, 21+ after that
$10 suggested donation
Vashon Events is pleased to present Songs of the Seventies – a fundraiser to showcase music of this awesome decade, performed by almost two dozen Island musicians. Join us on Friday, March 30th at 8pm at the Red Bicycle Bistro and Sushi. Proceeds from the event will support Vashon Events – Vashon Island’s community arts, culture, and charity events website that highlights all things entertainment.
Take a journey with us, back to the 70’s – a decade of some of the best music ever. Island musicians will either play the tune as close to the original as possible, or interpret the song in their own unique style. Proceeds from the event will support Vashon Events – Vashon Island’s community arts, culture, and charity events website.
For many people, the 70’s were arguably the best decade in living history.
The Beatles break up in 1970, but all four members continue to impact the decade with successful solo careers. The early seventies are marked by the deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison who all die at the age of 27.
Pyschedelic music declines, but morphs into hard rock, progressive rock and heavy metal. Touring bands move from playing clubs and theaters, to playing sports arenas. Big time bands, many of them formed in the ’60’s, such as the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Grand Funk and Led Zeppelin travel in private jets and play to thousands in arenas and outdoor stadiums.
A clear distinction emerges between Top 40 radio and FM album oriented rock radio stations. Car stereos become common, first with FM stereo radio, then 8-Track tapes, followed by cassette tapes.
This diversity of music distribution channels, along with an expanding market allows for a wide variety of new rock styles to emerge. The early seventies are dominated by singer songwriters and soft rock. Glam or Glitter Rock shines briefly in the first half of the seventies. Live albums are popular, with huge hits for Rare Earth, Peter Frampton, and Kiss. Reggae moves out of Jamaica to become a world wide genre. Disco dominates the radio and dance floors in the late seventies. Punk rock, a throwback to sixties garage rock, emerges in the late seventies as a reaction to arena rock, progressive rock and disco. Punk becomes New Wave as bands move beyond guitars and drums, and begin incorporating synthesizers.
Elvis Presley dies in 1977 at age 42. Huge crowds begin flocking to his Memphis home, Graceland.
Although those of us who had the privilege of living through it might be a bit biased. I mean we did have David Cassidy pinned to our bedroom walls (and ceilings), got to wear bellbottoms, didn’t wear seat belts and drank cordial out of cool coloured metal cups.
It was a also, however, a decade of massive change and divide. The Vietnam War consumed the nation, and large parts of the world, yet we still enjoyed picnics in the park and the Sunday night family roast.
So if you remember singing along to Dancing Queen, falling in love with John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever and being allowed to stay outside until the street lights came on, then you’ll enjoy this show with songs from the glorious 1970s.
We are officially full up on performers for the night! We can’t take on any more songs at this point, thanks everyone for signing up for the show!
A Song For You
Diamonds and Rust
Help Me Make It Through The Night
I Am Woman
Ice Cream Man
Just The Way You Are
Killing Me Softly
Let’s Stay Together
Love Has No Pride
Message In A Bottle
Tangled Up In Blue
The Best of My Love
Wasted Days & Wasted Nights
Wish You Were Here
Won’t Get Fooled Again