Concerts & Shows
America - In Concert
For the first time in their 48 year career, the legendary group AMERICA will headline a concert at The Stanley Theatre in Utica. The date is Friday, May 11th and the concert will be a benefit fundraiser for The Stanley and The Herkimer County Historical Society. Founding members, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell (along with former band mate Dan Peek) met in high school in London in the late 1960s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their signature song "A Horse With No Name”. America became a global household name and paved the way with an impressive string of hits following the success of their first #1 single. Forty plus years later, these friends are still making music together, touring the world and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound.
America's journey has found them exploring a wide variety of musical terrain. Their best-known tunes, include "Ventura Highway," "Sister Golden Hair", "Tin Man," "I Need You," "Don't Cross The River," "Lonely People," and were cornerstones of 1970’s Top 40 and FM rock radio. Yet beyond their impressive catalog of hits, listeners would discover there was always much more to America.
America's albums--six certified gold and/or platinum, with their first greatest hits collection, History, hitting four plus million in sales--displayed a full range of the trio's talents. America displayed a flawless blend of genres and styles as wide-open as the great American plains.
Enjoying massive success early in their career, America earned their stripes amidst the craziness and chaos of the 70’s. The trio won the Grammy® for Best New Artist in 1972 and began working with George Martin and Geoff Emerick in 1974. This successful team went on to record seven albums and several Top Ten hits, including “Tin Man” and “Sister Golden Hair”.
By the mid-70s, inter-band conflicts combined with an exhaustive touring and recording schedule exacted its toll on the group. With Peek’s departure from the fold in 1977, Gerry Beckley & Dewey Bunnell rose to the challenge and carried on as a duo. A renewed dedication to the craft of songwriting helped rocket America to the upper reaches of the pop charts in 1982 with their smash single, "You Can Do Magic." Their recent recordings have continued as illustrated by landmark releases such as 2000’s Highway 3-disc box set, 2002’s Holiday Harmony, an album comprised of seasonal classics and live showcases, 2007's Here & Now, 2009’s Live In Concert: Wildwood Springs and 2011’s Back Pages.
From their formative years, America has been a band capable of transcending borders with its uplifting music and positive message.
Tickets go on sale on Monday, Dec. 4th for members of The Stanley Theatre and The Herkimer County Historical Society and will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, December 5th. Prices range from $35.00 - $45.00 - $65.00. Additional service charges may apply. To purchase tickets come down to the box office Monday through Friday from 10:00am - 4:00pm, give us a call at (315) 724-4000 or go to Ticketmaster.com. For more information about America please visit VenturaHighway.com.