STAMFORD, Conn. -- Stamford's Avon Theatre is hosting a special show called "Garage Bands of the 1960s" in November.
Music Archivist Bill Shelley is set to host the event at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Avon Theatre Film Center at 272 Bedford St. in Stamford, according to a news release.
“'Garage Bands' were predominately started by groups of teens or young 20’s that first recorded at home, in basements or garages," representatives said in the release. "Their equipment was limited to what their low budgets could afford. Somehow, they produced demos that wound up on the national charts and became huge hits. Some of these groups had limited commercial success, some were 'One Hit Wonders,' and others got replaced with session players (professional studio musicians who got paid per song, often as little as $5/song). But they created a sound, a market, and a call to young musicians everywhere who saw that their dreams might be possible."
While the movement spawned dozens of bands including "The Electric Prunes," "The Seeds" and "The Blues Magoos," the Avon Theatre event will focus on the beginning of the garage band sound, according to the release.
"Their sound is so captivating that a new generation of musicians, Lo-Fi bands, is rejecting current technology to try to duplicate the sound of the original garage bands," representatives said in the release. "Some of the music that will be included in this program will be The Kingsmen with 'Louie, Louie,' Paul Revere and the Raiders with 'Kicks,' The Sir Douglas Quintet with 'She’s About a Mover,' The Shadows of Knight with 'Gloria,' Tommy James and the Shondells with 'Mony, Mony' The McCoys with 'Hang on Sloopy,' The Standells with 'Dirty Water,' The American Breed with 'Bend Me, Shape Me,' and many more."
Tickets for the show are free for Carte Blanche members, $6 for members, $8 for students and seniors and $11 for non-members. Call the Avon business office at 203-661-0321 or the box office at 203-967-3660, ext. 2, for tickets.