Tony’s Starlight’s Neil Diamond Experience – Hot August Night

A multimedia live music tribute to the anointed one

This August is the 44th anniversary of Neil Diamond’s masterpiece Hot August Night and to celebrate we will perform a special tribute to this album as part of the Tony Starlight Neil Diamond Experience.

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Why is Hot August Night So Important?

“Any great concert performance elevates the source material. Most concerts today are a visual medium and although they might put on a great stage production with dancers, explosions and video screens, you’d never listen to the concert independently because its basically indistinguishable from the recordings (or IS the recordings.) From the first song on Hot August Night, “Crunchy Granola Suite”, the music is the star and the versions unanimously outshine the original recordings. The emotion of performing to and connecting with a live audience is a special gift that not all artists have. Hot August Night captures Neil at just the right time, where he has a writing and performing history that makes him professional but he is not yet an icon caught in the trappings of fame and fortune. There’s a hunger and urgency to the performance that it is rare to capture on tape.”

It’s my favorite Neil Diamond album for these reasons. This 43rd anniversary is significant because the original artist is still touring and there’s only a handful of artists who can still be so vibrant 40+ years after their pinnacle. By the 50th anniversary Neil will be 81 and it’s unlikely he’ll be touring or have much voice left to sing his style of songs. Neil Diamond is one of the elite few like Sinatra, Elton John and The Beatles that transcends generations. Three or four generations can come to a concert and each can connect to the music on their own terms.”

-Tony Starlight

For many years I have boasted of having the best Neil Diamond Tribute there is and now we just made it better. Musically, the tribute is faithful to the source material. Vocally, it’s eerie how much Tony sounds like Neil in his prime. The best part, though, is the humor that this tribute has.

While some tributes may take themselves a bit too seriously (Bob Jacobs IS DIAMOND!!!) Tony Starlight’s Neil Diamond Experience takes the best parts of Neil Diamond’s compelling music and the culture that surrounds it and sets it slightly askew. Simulated figure skating, self-loving monologues, glittery man-blouses all make for a fun evening for fans and those who won’t admit they are fans. In fact, people who hate Neil Diamond have been known to accidentally enjoy this show!

Check out Tony’s Blog for two recent pieces about Mr. Diamond
Never In Blue Jeans
Did You Ever Read About a Frog Who Dreamed of Being a King?

August is Hawaiian Month at the Tony Starlight Showroom — Wear your island apparel with pride!

Tony Starlight: Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
Craig Bidondo: Pianist
Micah Hummel: Drums
TBD: Bass
Barbara Ayars: Vocals
Nick O’Donnell: Electric Guitar

Sean Chiles: Lighting director
Aaron Berryman: Sound and video

Tickets

Tickets to all shows sold in advance. Walk-ups day of show may be available. Call (503) 517-8584 for tickets after 5 pm on day of show.

Premier Dinner & Show $74 (private table close to stage)
Standard Dinner & Show $64
General Admission / Show Only $30 (Bar-height seating, limited small-plate menu available, $10 minimum per guest)

For parties of eight or more, please call (503) 517-8584 to make your reservation. There is a 5% discount for parties of 8 or more. There is a 10% discount for parties of 16 or more. Subject to availability.

Clicking “Purchase Tickets” directs you to the Arts People website, where you’ll select seats, choose entrees, and pay by credit card. A $2.50 order fee is added to each ticket. At the Showroom, a $4 per person dinner service charge is added to all guest checks. This does not apply to show-only guests.

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Entree choices for this performance

You will be asked to make your selection upon purchase.

A) Korean-style barbecue chicken and kālua pork
B) Tofurky brand barbecue Chick’n and Tofurky brand sesame garlic tempeh (Vegan/gluten-free)

All entrées served with macaroni salad, summer grilled vegetables, tropical fruit, white rice, bread, house salad, and dessert.

Arrival Timeline

Dinner & Show Package
Seating begins no earlier than 6 PM
Dinner Service begins approx. 6:45 PM
Please call if delayed after 6:45 PM
Show begins at 8:00 PM

General Admission Show Only Seating
Seating begins no earlier than 7 PM
Arrive any time between 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Enjoy beverages from our wine and cocktail menus, and small plate menu

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