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This Is The ’60s: Q&A With Lead Singer/Bassist Daryn Owen

December 10, 2012

This Is The '60s Dec. 15 Knight Theater Charlotte NC

The ’60s rank as one of the most fascinating decades in American history. Pop culture from that era — including music, TV, movies and fashion — captured the roller coaster of changes.

Now the essence of that dynamic decade has returned! This Is The ’60s is a multimedia experience that will immerse audiences in the most exciting and groundbreaking decade in modern history.

Catch This Is The ’60s on Saturday (Dec. 15) at 8 p.m. at Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts,  430 S. Tryon St. Tickets start at $24.50.

The show blends historic film footage, still images and animated graphic designs of the era with note-for-note live music renditions of the greatest rock hits of the decade.

This Is The ’60s is a Baby Boomer’s dream come true, offering a flashback to the glory days of love beads, incense, peace signs, and some of the best music in rock history. To the younger audience, it’s the ultimate introduction to the roots of rock ‘n’ roll and an intimate look at the birth of the peace movement, civil rights, and other important causes that continue to resonate today.

Daryn Owen of This Is The '60s.

Daryn Owen of This Is The ’60s.

Daryn Owen, the show’s lead vocalist and bassist, answered a few of our questions via email:

How did the show come about?

Our producer Jim Duffy is also a TV documentary writer/producer. He was developing a TV series to pitch to the History Channel about the music and pop culture of the 1960s. He realized the topic would make a better live stage presentation than a TV show, so he re-worked it into a multimedia concert that blends live music with historical film footage, dance, animation and fashion. The whole storytelling nature of the show is pretty unique.

The show breaks down into five segments. What are some of the challenges to singing the different styles?
The challenge is capturing the essence of the original artist. We are paying tribute to each one, so we strive to recreate the spirit of the tunes and the era as closely as possible. We need to be versatile since the artists range from Peter Paul & Mary to Jimi Hendrix. There was an amazing range of popular music in the ’60s!

What is your favorite song in the show?
“Eli’s Coming” by Three Dog Night in the Flower Power section of the show.

Who got to select the film clips and commercials?
That was done by the producer and the production designer, Greg Duffy (Jim’s son). They viewed hundreds of hours of historical footage, news reels, and commercials to select the best clips. Greg also designed and animated a lot of the motion graphics that run during the songs. There are four 22-foot high HD screens running simultaneously, so there are a LOT of visual elements in this show.

Lightening round: Choose your favorite…
The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
Beatles.

Janis Joplin or Joni Mitchell?
Janis.

Jimi Hendrix or Jim Morrison?
Jimi.

Crosby, Stills & Nash or Peter, Paul & Mary?
CSN.

Led Zeppelin or The Who?
Zeppelin.

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