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Gavan Rousseau’s amazing tribute to Frankie Valli &The Four Seasons
It’s difficult to believe that Frankie Valli, lead singer of The Four Seasons, was born in 1934, before Elvis, Buddy Holly, and almost any other 50s or 60s recording star you can name. Yet he still tours, performing his trademark hits, in 2018.
Friends since the 50s, Valli, and songwriter Bob Gaudio, formed The Four Seasons in the early 60s, and thanks largely to Gaudio’s catchy songs and Valli’s unique falsetto vocals, guided the quartet to superstardom. During a spectacular career, they sold more than 100 million records, toured the world, and along with The Beach Boys, remained popular and relevant during the “British Invasion” of the 60s and 70s. They were inducted into the rock-n-roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
“Frankie Valli”, 25-year-old Sudbury, Ontario, based Gavan Rousseau’s exciting tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, has been a hit with audiences across Canada, the Texas gulf coast and in Mexico. Rousseau’s vocals and showmanship shine as he performs the group’s hits with a style and confidence that belies his young age and makes audiences feel they are discovering them for the first time.
Clearly, Gavan’s inspiration was ”Jersey Boys”, the hit movie and stage play about the life and times of The Four Seasons. But “Frankie Valli” is instead a sixties-style concert, presenting a nostalgic look at The Four Seasons’ amazing body of work. Songs featured in the show include “December ‘63”, Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Dawn”, “Walk Like A Man” and of course the group’s huge, breakthrough hit “Sherry”. Beautiful music, smooth vocals, in a word, unforgettable.
On January 13th, Frankie Valli is at The Luna Lounge, in Bucerias, followed by shows January 15th at La Pina Colada, in Guayabitos, and January 16th at Incanto. Details are available on the venue websites and elsewhere in The Tribune.