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Riviera Theatre presents Mel Tillis, monthly organ concert series with Clark Wilson, The Irish Rovers

by jmaloni

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Thu, Feb 6th 2014 01:55 pm

The Historic Riviera Theatre presents country music legend Mel Tillis on Saturday, April 5, at 8 p.m., for one performance only.

Tillis started performing in the early '50s with a group called The Westerners - while serving as a baker in the Air Force, stationed in Okinawa. In 1956, Webb Pierce recorded a song written by Tillis titled "I'm Tired." This launched hiss musical career.

Tillis has recorded more than 60 albums. He has 36 top 10 singles, with nine going to No. 1 (including "Good Woman Blues," "Coca Cola Cowboy" and "Southern Rain"). The Grand Ole Opry inducted Tillis as a member June 9, 2007. In October of 2007, he became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Ticket prices are $45 for adults, and $40 for seniors.

The Riv presents the first of its 2014 monthly organ series featuring Clark Wilson accompanying the silent film, "Why Worry" starring Harold Lloyd. The event takes place Wednesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m.

A native of Ohio, Wilson began his musical training at age 9. While growing up, he accompanied numerous stage musicals and was organist at several churches. At this time, he was listed in "Who's Who in the Midwest" and "Men of Achievement." He has received both the Technician of the Year and Organist of the Year awards from the American Theatre Organ Society.

Tickets are $10. Students under age 18 are admitted free.

Finally, The Riv presents The Irish Rovers Sunday, March 9, at 3 p.m., for one performance only.

These iconic Irish performers are on their last U.S. tour and will be stopping at the Riviera Theatre for one last performance.

Ticket prices are $30-$35 (plus handling fees).

The Historic Riviera Theatre is located at 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. For more information, call the Riviera Theatre box office at 716-692-2413, or order online at www.rivieratheatre.org

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