Ten people will have the chance to sing karaoke with the Monkees’ Micky Dolenz, lead singer on classics including “I’m a Believer,” “Last Train to Clarksville” and the Monkees’ theme, the day before he performs a rock ‘n’ roll show at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ Donnell Theater.
The concert is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. Tickets cost $36 to $65 and can be purchased at the Marathon Center box office, 200 W. Main Cross St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or one hour before showtime; by phone at 419-423-2787; or online at www.marathoncenterarts.org
The Sept. 27 karaoke session will run from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Marathon Center’s Gardner Family Lounge, with the event’s proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
It costs $450 to sing two songs with Dolenz, and additional attendees can get in for $100. One hundred people can attend the event, and all of them must already have tickets to the concert.
The $450 VIP ticketholders will receive pictures, autographs, a VIP lanyard and more.
Dolenz, who has been in show business as an actor and singer since he was a child, told The Courier the karaoke event offers him a chance to stretch his singing experience, since the participants don’t always pick Monkee tunes.
For the following day’s concert, Dolenz said fans can expect a setlist heavy on the Monkees’ hits, along with several of their album cuts.
He says he plays the tunes exactly as fans remember them, opting out of performing medleys or changing the musical arrangements.
The concert will feature other rock ‘n’ roll staples that tie into Dolenz’s career, including a song from the Monkees’ first opening act in the 1960s, the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Dolenz will also perform the song that he used to audition for “The Monkees” television program in the 1960s, Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode,” which landed him the gig as the band’s drummer and one of its lead singers.
His sister, Coco, will perform backing vocals and percussion at the show, as well as taking lead on a few songs, and performing a duet or two with her brother.
Dolenz says he is blessed to have worked with all of the individuals involved with the Monkees project, which includes the sitcom’s writers, directors, actors, crew and producers along with songwriters like Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Neil Diamond, Carole King and Gerry Goffin.
This material was good enough for The Monkees to receive 46 percent of a Gold Derby survey on the next rock group that should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
While Dolenz is flattered and appreciates the fans’ efforts to recognize the band, he says it’s not a big deal if the Monkees aren’t inducted, instead praising the Hall of Fame’s “wonderful, wonderful charity work.”
For more information, contact the Marathon Center or visit www.mickydolenz.com