The Kingston Trio returns to the Suncoast Showroom

Dec 18, 2001 2:31 AM

The Kingston Trio returns Friday through Sunday at 8 p.m. to the Suncoast Showroom. Tickets priced at $24.95, $29.95 and $34.95 (plus tax), are available by calling (702) 636-7075.

The Kingston Trio is one of the few groups today that have survived the many changes in the music world. Bob Shane, Nick Reynolds and Dave Guard formed the original Kingston Trio in 1957, while the three were attending college in the San Francisco area. Using only acoustic guitars and banjoes, singing simple yet memorable melodies, they revolutionized popular music, reawakening America to its own rich folk music heritage.

The release of “Tom Dooley” in 1958 began the “folk music revival” and set the stage for Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul & Mary and the entire protest music movement of the 60s. The Kingston Trio was the number one vocal group in the world, a musical and cultural phenomenon whose record sales and concert draws were matched only by the Beatles.

Although several members of The Kingston Trio have come and gone, their show will take you down memory lane, with such tunes as “Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley,” “Hard Traveling” and “The Ballad of Ruben James.”

The Kingston Trio consists of Bob Shane, an original member, George Grove and Bob Haworth.