2010-03-19 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

America Brings Their Hits

An Evening with America, with special guest Barnaby Bye, comes to the Theatre at Westbury on Sunday, March 21 at 7 p.m.

Soft rock band America gained stardom during the mid 1970’s to the early 1980’s and continue to tour today, giving over 100 shows a year around the country. The band’s first single, “A Horse With No Name” was released in early 1972 and is their most popular song to date. The song topped the charts in several countries around the world and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. In 1975 the band released the single “Sister Golden Hair,” which also reached number one on the charts. America is also well known for their songs “Ventura Highway,” “Tin Man” and “You Can Do Magic.”

In 2006, America was inducted into the Vocal Hall of Fame and the following year they released their first studio album in more than 20 years titled Here & Now. In an effort to aim the album toward both younger and older audiences, the label decided to bundle the new album with a second disc comprising live performances of every track from History: America’s Greatest Hits. In the runup to the album’s scheduled release on January 16, 2007, America attracted publicity unknown to it since the early 1980’s. In addition, early positive reviews of the album suggested a possible critical reappraisal of the group’s work and legacy and it was thought that the album could be responsible for making 1970’s soft rock popular with the newer generation of music fans.

Throughout the mid-seventies, Barnaby Bye rocked sell out crowds where ever they performed. The band reunited in 2005 with all the original members and their show sold out at a record pace. The chemistry is undeniable between twin brothers Billy and Bobby Alessi (“Oh Lori” / “Seabird”), Peppy Castro (formerly of the Blues Magoos / “We Ain’t got Nothin’ Yet”), and Mike Ricciardella (formerly of the Illusion / “Did You See Her Eyes”). Barnaby Bye hit the charts with a number of great hits including “Tumblin’ In,” “Can’t Live this Way” and “Jessie Girl.” A recent European tour served to further fuel the creative fire. With the release of their third album, Thrice Upon A Time in 2008, the group was launched into an incredible new era drawing new fans as well as veteran followers.

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