National Tour Celebrates 60+ Years of Music
ASHWAUBENON, Wis. – Fans of legendary folk icons The Kingston Trio can re-discover their timeless music all over again. In celebration of nearly 65 years of music, the iconic folk group performs their best-loved songs as part of the ‘Keep The Music Playing’ national tour, performing at the Ashwaubenon Performing Arts Center on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 7:30 PM.
All three current members, Mike Marvin, Tim Gorelangton and Don Marovich, have intrinsic links to and experience with the original group: Mike is the “adopted son” of founding member Nick Reynolds, who was also his musical mentor; Tim, a close friend since boyhood, is one of the few musicians outside the Trio who has recorded with Nick Reynolds; and Don – who is also a long-time Wisconsin resident – toured with the Trio. Many of their personal memories recall the iconic trio’s performances and journey as folk music made its extraordinary ascent to the pinnacle of popular culture – and the top of the music charts.
They’ll perform such timeless classics as “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” and “Tom Dooley”.
Cited as an influence by recording artists as musically and generationally diverse as Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Eagles to comedian and banjo player Steve Martin to contemporary artists such as the multi-Grammy® nominated Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers, The Kingston Trio occupies a unique, preeminent position in American musical history.
“It was Nick Reynolds’ and my fondest hope that these great musicians would carry on the Trio’s musical legacy,” commented original Kingston Trio member the late Bob Shane, who along with the late Dave Guard and the late Nick Reynolds formed the original Trio.
“I am proud to continue The Kingston Trio tradition and to share the music Nick, Dave, Bob and John performed and to get audiences everywhere up and singing with us,” noted Mike Marvin.
The Kingston Trio was one of the most prominent groups of the era’s pop-folk boom that started in 1958 with the release of their first album and its hit recording of “Tom Dooley”, which sold over three million copies as a single.
The Trio released 19 albums that made Billboard’s Top 100, 14 of which ranked in the top 10, and five of which hit the number 1 spot. Four of the group’s LPs charted among the 10 top-selling albums for five weeks in November and December 1959, a record unmatched for more than 50 years, and the group still ranks in the all-time lists of many of Billboard’s cumulative charts, including those for most weeks with a number 1 album, most total weeks charting an album, most number 1 albums, most consecutive number 1 albums, and most top ten albums.
Tickets to The Kingston Trio at the Ashwaubenon Performing Arts Center start at $40 and can be purchased online at ashwaubenonpac.org or by calling (920) 494-3401.
The Kingston Trio last performed at the Ashwaubenon Performing Arts Center in 2018.
For more about The Kingston Trio and the ‘Keep The Music Playing’ tour visit www.kingstontrio.com.
ABOUT THE KINGSTON TRIO MEMBERS
Taken in as part of the Reynolds family as a teenager, Mike learned his music ropes at the foot of Nick Reynolds, his late “adopted father.” With Nick’s approval, Mike was present at Trio rehearsals during the years when the Trio was the biggest act in the world. Under Nick’s tutelage, Mike learned backstage support, how Nick and the Trio picked songs, how the Trio managed their tours and many other critical insights. Mike was a member of the Trio’s inner circle and with the opportunity to expand his musical horizons, learned from the Trio’s manager Frank Werber everything from booking an act to conducting an orderly rehearsal to running a complicated business in an orderly fashion.
After years of touring as a folksinger with band mate Tim Gorelangton, Mike branched into movies. Mike pioneered the editing of ski films, including the seminal 1972 90-minute ski movie.
“Earth Rider” featuring the legendary ski-parachute jump off Yosemite’s El Capitan. This was the birth of extreme skiing in America. It was also the first time music was edited and inserted, note for note, as a driving force in cinematic imagery as Mike implemented the music of John Stewart, Leo Kottke, and The Kingston Trio in Earth Rider and three subsequent feature films. Mike is also an author, artist and architectural designer. Today Mike shares his time between Los Angeles and the southern Oregon coast as he, besides singing and performing with the Kingston Trio, fulfills his official role as the Chief Executive Officer of the Trio.
In the Kingston Trio, Mike plays a Martin D-28 guitar and Deering Plectrum Banjo. His voice is best described as “Patron Tequila Baritone.” He has been playing and performing for over 50 years. Mike is native of Lake Tahoe and Tahoe City and fourth generation Californian.
Like Bob Shane and Dave Guard, Tim was born in Hawaii. Dad was an Air Force pilot and the family lived all over the United States. Ask Tim and he’ll tell you, “This whole country is my home town!”
Tim started playing woodwinds in high school and ended up serving in US Army Headquarters bands in San Francisco and Stuttgart, Germany. Music was in his family heritage. His father was from Honolulu and was a terrific ukulele player. Mom was a California girl who was prone to bursting into song around the house.
Tim has played in folk and bluegrass groups in Northern California and Nevada for years. A seasoned singer/songwriter, he wrote “Colorado Sun,” which climbed to number 11 in the regional western US.
His heroes include, Pete Seeger, John Stewart and Tom Paxton. Tim is one of the very few musicians outside the Kingston Trio that Nick Reynolds ever recorded with.
Tim’s main goal is to ensure that the group’s music remains true to its original intentions. He’s the Trio’s Chief Musical Director, arranger, and cat wrangler.
Tim plays the Martin J40 6 String, Vega Pete Seeger Longneck Banjo, and the Guild F512 12 String.
Raised in a family of musicians, in Gary, Indiana, Don Marovich started playing guitar in seventh grade – practicing every day, before long, a music journeyman was on his way.
In high school, Don sang with the Indiana barbershop group, The Chorus of the Dunes, competing nationally to place 2nd and 3rd in consecutive contests. This proved a formative experience: through the barbershoppers, Don mastered singing and hearing harmonies.
In the seventies, having relocated to Arizona, Don continued his music career, starting a very popular group in the Phoenix area that was the subject of a one-hour music special that aired in 36 states on ABC television. Thereafter, he switched to a private event format for major resorts, private country clubs, and socialite events in the southwest. He also added a solo career to his portfolio and produced his first original album entitled “All I Can Do”. In 2012, Don was discovered by The Limeliters and was hired to be their tenor.
In addition to being a professional musician, Don, who has a BS degree in secondary education from Indiana University and a Masters of Education Administration from the University of Phoenix, also taught school from 1991 through 2013, then retiring to tour with The Limeliters. He plays acoustic, electric, bass, and tenor guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and percussion.
It is with great enthusiasm that Don has now joined The Kingston Trio as their tenor.