The Monkees: Davey Jones Tribute at Cinema Arts Centre

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There will be a tribute to The Monkees: Davey Jones Tribute at Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30.

Speaker: Freeport Music Archivist Bill Shelley

$9 Members / $13 Public / Includes reception. Tickets can be purchased online, at the box office during theatre hours or by calling Brown Paper Tickets toll free at 1-800-838-3006

The Monkees may have started as a gimmick, but they ended up being one of the most beloved bands on the 1960s. This lively event will blend song promos, ads, and films of rare live performances to create a salute to the group, with time at the end for fans to share their memories and insights. Among the songs that will be featured are The Monkees theme song, LastTrain to Clarksville, I’m a Believer, Pleasant Valley Sunday, Daydream Believer, A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You, (I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone, Valleri, and many more!  This one-night-only celebration of the music and fun that The Monkees brought to their fans screens on Tuesday, April 17 @ 7:30 pm as part of the Rock Legends Live! monthly series from Shelley Archives at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave, Huntington 631-423-7611

 Although Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Mickey Dolenz were hired for the television show to act the part of a band, each had the talent and dedication to go beyond the limits of their contract by working hard to make their fictional band into a reality. The show started out as four crazy musicians who lived in a bachelor pad and behaved in ways that echoed those of the Beatles in A Hard Day’s Night and Help!, then morphed into a real band that is credited to have been among the first groups to create music videos that soon were copied by all the bands. A year after the show started, The Monkees were able to perform together in live concerts, creating a commercial success. In 1966, they outsold the Beatles in the U.S. The Monkees’ first four albums went straight to #1 on the Billboard charts and multi-platinum sales. Their early songs were written by a variety of talents that included Harry Nilsen, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Neil Diamond, Carole King & Gerry Goffin, Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart, and Michael Nesmith. By the third album, Headquarters, they were all creating their own songs. No Monkees Fan will want to miss this amazing evening of great music and zany fun. (Approx: 75-90 min.)


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Tuesday, 7:30 P.M., June 19, 2012 – Allman Brothers Band

Tuesday, 7:30 P.M., July 24, 2012 – Jethro Tull OR Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band, Charlie Daniels, and Southern Rock

Tuesday, 7:30 P.M., August 21, 2012 – ABBA

Tuesday, 7:30 P.M., September 4, 2012 – Legends of Country Music of ‘60’s and ‘70’s Tuesday, 7:30 P.M., October 23, 2012 – Elton John

Tuesday, 7:30 P.M., November 20, 2012 – Yes – (Week of Thanksgiving)

Thursday, 7:30 P.M., December 27, 2012 – Traffic and Santana


As a filmmaker, Shelley has been shooting professionally since the 1970’s when he captured on film and video the following bands playing in small bars and clubs before they became famous: The Stray Cats, Twisted Sister, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. Shelley later associated with rap group Public Enemy, then known as Spectrum City. After they became established, they honored Shelley by asking him to join their cablevision television studio and become an honorary member of The African American Media Network. They even gave him the nickname “Dollar Bill,” due to his lack of funds at that time. He directed their Andreus 13’s videos “Paranoid,” “Channel Zero,” and “Conspiracy,” among others.

Shelley Archives Inc. was started in 1985. After working with Readers Digest Entertainment in 1990, the company’s end product was nominated for an Emmy in 1993 for the three part series “Legends of Comedy.” The program was broadcast on the Disney cable network, and home video sales exceeded a record breaking one million copies sold.

Today the company has more than 100,000 reels of original 35mm and 16mm films in its archive and over 10,000 hours of rare concerts, television shows (from Europe & USA), promos, interviews, out-takes, and home movies. Preservation of films and music clips is a main focus of the organization, as well as the desire to compensate the artists. The archives include rare films of such diverse subjects as jazz musicians, rock and roll performers, cartoons, comedies, Hitchcock, newsreels, travelogues, westerns, horror films, mysteries, musicals, African American subjects, television shows, sports, and feature films. The archives even include an extensive collection of silent films.

 In 1982-3, Bill Shelley was working at the Brill Building for the sound studio Studio One, who was taking over and gutting the famous (song)Writer’s Wing, unused since ’69. Told that anything that remained would be trashed, he found and rescued reels of 16mm promo footage, acetates, reel-to-reel recordings, and photos.

 CAC is proud to have nurtured Bill Shelley’s efforts since 2009 and provided Shelley Archives with a home base and a loyal and enthusiastic audience.


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