Hamden Arts Commission

September 20, 2015, 2:00, Miller Cultural Complex, 2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden

Unique, Electrifying Hamden Concert, “Banjo Extravaganza”,

Will Feature Joel Schiavone and the Your Father's Mustache Band

Sixteen musicians from around the country will reunite in Hamden for a high energy, high spirited concert by Joel Schiavone and the former Your Father's Mustache bands.

The Hamden Arts Commission is honored to launch its 2015-2016 season of Sunday performances with this special event on Sunday, September 20, 2 pm at the Miller Cultural Complex, 2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden.

The reunion will feature a group of blazing banjo players, accompanied by tuba, trombone and washboard, who used to perform in one of the 13 national and international locations of the former Your Father's Mustache clubs. Owned by Schiavone, these clubs were an entertainment phenomenon in the 1960s and 1970s, dubbed by Time Magazine “the nightclub of the 1960s.”

Your Father Mustache's musicians also performed in the White House, in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and made several TV performances, including four stints on the Ed Sullivan show. The band has enjoyed two reunions in recent years, including a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall. Their third reunion will be in Hamden.

Schiavone was a New Haven businessman and real estate developer once known as “Mr. Downtown.” He was responsible for revitalizing downtown New Haven and for breathing new life into the Shubert and Palace Theaters. He was also a larger-than-life personality who once rode a camel onto the Shubert stage. His passion, however, has always been banjo.

Audiences, who will sing-a-long to favorite classic tunes such as “Bye-Bye Birdie” and “Heart of my Heart,” are guaranteed to emerge from the experience feeling giddily uplifted.

Tickets, which are $5 for seniors/$7 general admission, will be available at the door only. For information, contact the Arts Commission at (203) 287-2546; hamdenartscommission.org.

Please help support Hamden's own The Space! See the online fund raiser at their website.

Here's a link to the Thriller Flash Mob video from our summer concert on July 25, 2014!