The Reock & Roll Revue is returning to Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre for a weekend of performances of the band’s latest show, “The Band and Music From Big Pink,” a tribute to the classic group of the late ’60s and early ’70s. The theater gets rocking on Friday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m., with additional shows on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on Mercer’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
Reock & Roll Revue has developed a devoted following at Kelsey, having performed to sold-out crowds in the past, including last summer’s performance of the Allman Brothers’ “Eat a Peach” album, as well as tribute concerts for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Who, and The Beatles.
This winter’s musical and video journey chronicles the collaborations between Bob Dylan and members of the group that later became known as “The Band,” as they turned a house known as Big Pink into their very own recording studio. They will cover music featured in the albums “The Music From Big Pink,” “The Band,” and “Stagefright.”
Said band leader Tom Reock: “In the history of recorded music there are only a few bands or artists that can claim to have shaped the direction of the music for their generation. It is rare when a band that receives such acclaim has gone virtually unnoticed in the popular narrative. The Band changed the direction of the recording industry without compromising their music, and changed the musical landscape for years to come.”
Reock and Roll Revue features Mario DiBartolo of Hamilton, Jerry Steele of Princeton, Joe D'Angelo of Pennington, Bud Belviso of Hamilton, and Tom Reock of Hamilton, with special guest Brian T. Leahy of Hamilton on keyboards. The horn section will feature Chandler Scales of Hamilton and Elias Argabrite of North Jersey.
The Reock & Roll Revue was formed in 2004 as an outlet for Tom Reock to perform original and other eclectic cover songs, while still performing with Trenton rock and blues legend Ernie White. In 2008, the band decided to undertake a stage presentation of The Beatles' “White Album,” at Kelsey Theatre, which was so successful they followed it with tributes to several other notable bands from the ’60s and ’70s.
Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333 or online at www.kelseytheatre.net. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Free parking is available next to the theater.