This Friday night, the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will be echoing with the sound of pure, classic rock and roll as The Lovin’ Spoonful, a widely-acclaimed band from the 1960s, are scheduled to take the stage at 7:30 p.m.
With roots in folk music, success in rock music, and a love for country music, The Lovin’ Spoonful offers something for everyone. The five member band is famous for hits such as “Do You Believe in Magic” and “Summer in the City.” During the last 48 years, they have produced several chart toppers and have dozens of records to their credit. The Lovin’ Spoonful aims to present a show that will entertain all music lovers. “The people who visit our shows can expect to be fully entertained by our music,” said North Carolina native and The Lovin' Spoonful band member Steve Boone. “We take it back to the basics and try to deliver a quality sound for the listeners.”
Boone, who has been with The Lovin' Spoonful since the band first formed in 1964, said that he is looking forward to playing in Franklin on Friday. “In the book that I am writing, set to come out next year, I talk about how Woodstock was one of the worst things to ever happen to rock and roll,” he said. “It became more about the event and that atmosphere than the actual music and the connect between the fan and the artist. I am much more appreciative of venues that allow for a more intimate feel. I am excited to play in Franklin because I think it will allow us to put on a show with a higher quality of sound and overall experience for fans.”
After touring for just a few short years in the ’60s, The Lovin' Spoonful broke up for each of the members to pursue solo careers, some of which lasted 20 years. In 1990, the band got back together and after a two-month rehearsal in the Berkshire Mountains, the group started touring anew, visiting more than 150 cities and countries worldwide and reaching out to a whole new audience in addition to those that have enjoyed their music over the years.
“There are positive and negative aspects of touring today compared to when we first started,” said Boone. “The equipment is much better today compared to the mid-’60s. It lets us offer a better quality sound overall. But on the downside, music today has become more about theatrics and smoke and mirrors rather than the sound and message of the music. We still try to stay away from all that extra stuff and make our shows all about the music.”
Since 1990, The Lovin' Spoonful have toured every year, averaging anywhere between 15-30 shows a year. According to Boone, the group is building up to a 50-year anniversary tour, which is in the works for two years from now.
The Lovin' Spoonful fans can expected to be entertained by the classics that shot the band to stardom in the 60s during Friday's show. “We play a lot of our classic hits and include history of the songs,” said Boone. “Our fans really seem to like the interaction between the band and the audience. We mix in a few new songs, and as we get closer to the 50 year anniversary, we hope to be able to add new music to the shows. I think people who come to the shows leave knowing more about music than they did when they came in.”
On March 6, 2000, The Lovin’ Spoonful was officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The group received this honor alongside great artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, and James Taylor.
The Lovin’ Spoonful’s tours continue to take them across the U.S. and beyond, and this year they have chosen to make a stop in Western North Carolina. Tickets for Friday's show start at $15. To purchase tickets or to find out more information about the show, visit GreatMountainMusic. com or call (866)273-4615.