Take a sentimental journey down memory lane, back to a time when bands were big, swing was the thing and jump jivin’ cats and kittens were Lindy hopping in every ballroom and dance hall in the land. Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians under the direction of Al Pierson will have the audience tapping their toes like it was 1944 when they take the stage in a special concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, at the Smith Opera House. Tickets for anyone born before 1947 are $2; tickets are $7 for those under the age of 55.
Since its founding in 1919, Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians has been one of the longest running acts in show business history, with more than 500 songs to its credit, including “Sentimental Journey,” “Auld Lang Syne,” “Apple Blossom Time,” and “Street Where You Live.” Setting the trend for dance bands in the ’30s, Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians later became synonymous with New Year’s Eve celebrations broadcast from the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. After Guy Lombardo’s death passed 1977, the baton and responsibility for the Guy Lombardo passed to Al Pierson and now the band plays to the great grandchildren of their original fans.
Tickets to “The Way It Was: An Evening with Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians” are available at The Smith box office, Area Records and Music, Martin Music, the HWS College Store, and the Lyons National Bank. Call 781-LIVE or toll-free 1-866-355-LIVE for more information.