The Historic Riviera Theatre presents the legendary Count Basie Orchestra, directed by Scotty Barnhart, on Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m.
Born in Red Bank, N.J., in 1904, William Basie was not always the fabled "Count." He began as Bill Basie, an itinerant pianist who made his living pounding keys in theaters featuring silent movies, and touring on the Theater Owners Booking Agency circuit. While the media of the time crowned Benny Goodman the "King of Swing," the real King of Swing was undoubtedly The Count.
Basie's achievements would transcend the Swing Era. The Basie orchestra evolved into one of the most venerable and viable enterprises in American music, as meaningful in its legacy and continuing productivity as any musical organization of the 20th, and now 21st, century.
Ticket prices are $33 for adults, $30 for seniors, and $15 for youth.
For further information, call the Riviera Theatre box office at 716-692-2413, or order online at www.rivieratheatre.org. The venue is located at 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda.