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Kingston Trio comes to Lynn for one show Oct. 26

LYNN ? The Kingston Trio is one of the few groups touring today that has remained consistent in its sound.The group, which includes members George Grove, Bill Zorn and Rick Dougherty, will be at Lynn City Hall on Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. for one show only.The original Kingston Trio was formed in 1957 by Bob Shane, Nick Reynolds and Dave Guard, while the three were attending college in the San Francisco area.Using only acoustic guitars and banjos, and singing simple yet memorable melodies, they revolutionized popular music, reawakening America to its own rich folk music heritage. The release of “Tom Dooley” in October of 1958 began the folk music revival and set the stage for the likes of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul & Mary.The Kingston Trio was the number one vocal group in the world, a musical and cultural phenomenon whose record sales and concert draws were matched only by The Beatles.Grove, who has been a member of the Kingston Trio for 31 years, said he still loves every minute of it.?It’s always special to us to get on stage,” he said. “We’re having so much fun. We go back into the old repertoire and perform a song that people haven’t heard so we bring a new old element into the show all the time.”The Kingston Trio’s trademark three-part harmony and clean, crisp sound keeps them touring 30 or 35 weeks out of the year. Grove’s orchestral arrangements allow The Trio to perform with symphony concerts, which have become a fan favorite. The Trio’s busy touring schedule has resulted in an increasing number of new fans, both young and old.?Our criteria for new songs is it has to sound like old songs,” Grove said. “Folk music is songs that tell a story?it’s the history of the American people.”Grove, who is an avid Red Sox fan, said he loves performing in the Boston area.?The Boston area is always a lot of fun,” he said. “I like to say I’ve sung every damn song every damn where for every damn body.”For you Red Sox fans ? here’s some little known information about the Curse of the Bambino and the Kingston Trio.Grove claims the Kingston Trio is responsible for breaking the curse.?A few years ago the Red Sox invited us to sing the National Anthem when the team took on the Yankees in the quest for the pennant. We guaranteed the Sox a win,” he said. “We sang the National Anthem and followed it up with Charlie on the M.B.T.A. The Sox beat the Yankees in that series. We broke the Curse of the Bambino.”Grove, who is a die-hard Red Sox fan, said he would have his Red Sox jacket on tour with him and be rooting for the Sox.?I live in Las Vegas,” he said. “My son and I go to bars in Las Vegas wearing our Red Sox paraphernalia and scream.”Mayor Chip Clancy’s Chief of Staff Jamie Marsh said he expects this concert to be a big success for the city and bring people into downtown.?From our perspective, we are happy to kick off our second season back on the Boston area entertainment map with the Kingston Trio,” he said. “This event is unique in that not only are we providing nationally recognized entertainment in the City of Lynn and the resulting economic spin off, but the proceeds go to a great local cause at Saint Pius Church.”Tickets, which range in price from $24 to $74, are available at www.ticketmaster.com, in the Community Development Office (Room 311 in City Hall) and by calling 781-581-2971.

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