Stars of sunny ’60s pop groups are celebrating the summery weather with their Happy Together Tour, which returns to the Calvin Theatre in Northampton on Sunday at 7 p.m.
It’s being billed as a “feel-good concert” and “a rollicking great time,” and features The Turtles (or half of them, anyway — The Archies’ vocalist Ron Dante will be filling in for original member Howard Kaylan, who’s been sidelined by medical issues), The Association (pictured above), The Cowsills, Mark Lindsay (formerly of Paul Revere and the Raiders), Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), and Gary Puckett & the Union Gap.
Folks who’ve already seen the tour this year mention the quick-moving nature of the night — it’s all about the hits — and the camaraderie that seems to exist among the performers, who each get their own short set before joining up for the big “Happy Together” finale.
Based on the tour’s previous stops, the set list is sure to include The Turtles’ “She’d Rather Be With Me,” “You Showed Me” and “Elenore” (plus The Archies’ “Sugar, Sugar” since Dante is in the house), The Association’s “Windy,” “Along Comes Mary,” “Cherish” and “Never My Love,” The Cowsills’ “The Rain, The Park and Other Things,” “Love American Style” and “Hair,” Chuck Negron singing Three Dog Night’s “Joy To the World,” “One” and “Mama Told Me Not To Come,” and Mark Lindsay’s “Arizona” and “Kicks,” plus much more.
And while the show is definitely all about nostalgia, it should be noted that The Cowsills are currently raising funds via PledgeMusic for a brand-new studio album in the here and now.