The Last Waltz Celebration Featuring The THE BAND Band With the TTBB Horns and Special Guests
October 19 at 8:00 pm
The Last Waltz, the legendary 1976 farewell concert by the iconic roots rock group The Band, featured more than a dozen guest artists including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, and Dr. John, and showcased many of The Band’s classic hit songs, such as “The Weight,” “Up On Cripple Creek,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “Ophelia,” and “It Makes No Difference.” The THE BAND Band, the most musically satisfying tribute to The Band on the scene today, will be joined by the TTBB Horns and a host of guest artists representing the music of some of the special guests who performed at The Last Waltz.
Gary Solomon, co-founder of The THE BAND Band, was a 19 year old kid from New York when he found himself in the audience at The Last Waltz at San Francisco’s Winterland Arena on Thanksgiving Day in 1976. “I was in the right place at the right time,” Solomon says. “I knew then that The Last Waltz would prove to be a concert for the ages. Immediately after the show, I wrote in a letter to my friends back home that ’I have just come from the most incredible musical happening I have ever experienced, or probably ever will.’ I was so blown away by the experience of being at The Last Waltz, I wanted to tell the whole world about it. I guess I still do.”
Solomon has been leading the tribute band he co-founded with lifelong friend Jack Kraft, gaining critical acclaim since they started touring in 2007. “It began as a labor of love, but after a few local gigs, it started taking on a life of its own. Soon we had an agent, and we were taking it on the road. Now it’s been over 10 years, and people have taken notice. Our fans are as passionate about The Band as we are, and our shows feed off that common love for this great music.”
The five core members of The THE BAND Band – Jack Kraft, Gary Solomon, Vinny Nicosia, Josh Radin, and Loren Korevec – are all singers and multi-instrumentalists, providing the skill and flexibility required to cover the myriad sounds that can be heard on any given Band recording. “We don’t play our versions of The Band’s songs, we play their versions,” Solomon offers. “We want to preserve the authenticity of their sound, their arrangements, and most importantly, the spirit of their live shows.