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Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Stage Fright is a four-member band formed as a tribute to
"The Band" of the late 1960s and early 1970s
A year ago in August, Stage Fright played its first gig as a tribute to "The Band."

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, the four bandsmen will be on stage at the Warehouse Theatre, 3 Central Avenue, Wellsboro to perform songs written and played by "The Band," including their three biggest hits - "Weight (1968)," "Up On Cripple Creek (1969)" and "The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down (1969)."

Members of Stage Fright are: "Joe Callahan of Wellsboro on guitar; Sean Monroe of Horseheads, N.Y. on bass guitar; Mike Watkins of Addison, N.Y. on piano, organ, accordion, mandolin and fiddle; and Mike Nickerson of Corning, N.Y. on percussion. The four share vocals and do a lot of harmonies. Watkins, Nickerson and Callahan grew up in Tioga County, Pa.

"We have been doing this for a year in addition to holding down jobs and playing with other bands," said Callahan. '"Sean had wanted to start a tribute group for 'The Band' for a long time and recruited us. We rehearse at Mike Watkins' house, which is on a lake in the woods in Addison. The Band actually rehearsed at a home in the woods at Woodstock, N.Y.," he added.

"From 1968 to 1975, The Band was one of the most popular and influential rock groups in the world," according to Bruce Eder who wrote about them in an article published in the "All-Music Guide." "Their music was embraced by critics as seriously as the music of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones," Eder stated. "Their albums were analyzed and reviewed as intensely as any records by their one-time employer and sometime mentor Bob Dylan. And, for a long time, their personalities were as recognizable individually to the casual music public as the members of the Beatles."

The five members of "The Band" in 1968 included Rick Danko on bass, Levon Helm on drums and guitar, Richard Manuel on piano, Garth Hudson on organ and Robbie Robertson on rhythm guitar. In 1973, the group played "one major show at the race track in Watkins Glen, N.Y. before the largest audience ever assembled for a concert -- it was a demonstration of their place in the rock pantheon that the Band was booked alongside the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers Band," Eder wrote.

They produced the following albums, "Music From Big Pink," "The Band," "Stage Fright," "Cahoots," "Rock of Ages," Moondog Matinee," "Planet Waves" with Dylan, ""Before the Flood," "Northern Lights -- Southern Cross," a best-of album in 1976, "Islands," and their last, "The Last Waltz,"

This Gallery Music Series concert is BYOB so bring your favorite beverages and snacks. Tickets are $12. To reserve a table for four or more or for tickets, call 570-724-6220.

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