Monkee business at Mandalay

Aug 21, 2001 4:32 AM

Hey, hey it’s the Monkees, appearing Sunday at 8 p.m. at Mandalay Bay. Featuring original members of the group, Peter Tork, Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz, concert tickets are priced at $35 in advance or $37.50 on Sunday.

In 1966, The Monkees were formed as a television series which premiered on NBC. During the show’s two year run, the Monkees’ records outsold The Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined.

The Monkees will provide a blast from the past with their greatest hits, “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m A Believer,” “Steppin’ Stone,” “Mary, Mary,” “Daydream Believer” and many more.

The Bay Rock summer beach concert series are held at the unique Mandalay Bay Beach Stage, where concert goers are invited to bring their blankets and sit on the beach or wade into the surf and listen to the music from the famous 1.6 million gallon wavepool. Bay Rock offers a truly unique concert experience.

Tribute to Bob Marley

Jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour plays tribute to reggae legend Bob Marley at 8 p.m., Friday, at Sunset Station’s outdoor amphitheater. Ritenour will be joined by singer Patti Austin, alto saxophonist Gerald Albright and guitarist Jonathan Butler. Tickets are $20, $25 and $30.

Ritenour has long been considered one of jazz fusion’s leading guitarists. Known as “captain fingers,” he first established his reputation as a sought-after session musician while in his 20s. In two decades he has released 25 solo and duet recordings, earned Grammy Awards and hits. His previous all-star tribute, A Twist of Jobim, paid homage to Antonin Carlos Jobim, the father of the bossa nova. In 1998, he included a bob Marley sample in the title track of “This is Love.”

Austin is a singer at the top of her game. With the ability to sing anything, she has explored different musical styles in her 25-plus year career. She made her professional debut at the world-famous Apollo Theater at age four when she accompanied her godmother, Dinah Washington, on stage. Later, she became the “queen” of the New York jingle and session scene; her voice has been heard on hundreds of commercials and she has sung background vocals for such artists as Paul Simon and Bette Midler.

MTV’s Loverboy, love it!

The popular MTV rock band, Loverboy, will perform at the Suncoast Showroom at 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets are $29.95 to $39.95.

In 1980, Loverboy introduced themselves to the world with their self-titled debut album that contained two huge hits, “Turn Me Loose” and “The Kid is Hot.” They quickly became one of America’s and MTV’s hottest bands.

From 1980 through 1987, Loverboy garnered four multi-platinum albums and numerous international gold albums. Their tours sold out arenas and stadiums nationwide. Loverboy’s red leather pants, bandannas, and big rock sound defined the group’s trademark image and high-energy live show.

Loverboy’s inception began in Calgary, Canada. Their debut album sold over 700,000 copies, a Canadian record. The release of the album in America went gold within a year. It went on to sell over two million records in the U.S. and four million worldwide.

In 1993, the band went back to the U.S. for 64 concert dates, and has toured every since.