Hey man, it’s the ‘Summer Of Love’ this Saturday at the Talent Factory

Marlys Barker Nevada
Journal Editor
Carol Montage

This upcoming weekend is going to be big at the Talent Factory … big on love and big on length of show.

In honor of the 50-year anniversary of the 1967 phenomenon in Haight Ashbury, San Francisco, area residents and fans are invited to a three-hour show, “The Summer Of Love.” Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m., and Talent Factory owners Larry and Cindy Sloan guarantee you’ll get your money’s worth.

“For those that didn’t get the chance to be a ‘flower child’ the first time, they can live the life of a hippie for three hours (Saturday evening),” Larry said. “This show is a celebration of love and music! All the music will be authentic music, performed on or around the 1967 scene.”

Three acts are involved in putting on The Summer Of Love show.

Mr. Mojo Risin, a Doors tribute band, will pay homage to the early Doors music, celebrating the release of the first Doors album 50 years ago.

Rocky Raccoon, a Beatles tribute band, will perform early Beatles music from the mid-to-late 1960s.

Carol Montage will perform a tribute to The Women Of Folk Music in the 60s. She will perform songs by Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and others.

“I’m a child of the ’60s and ’70s,” Larry said, “and this music is what accompanied almost all my experiences as a kid growing up in the ‘love’ years. The music takes me back to a free and easy time, when we made love, not war. Although many of those I ran around with at that time ended up getting drafted or joining the military.”

The Sloans have hosted a streak of musical tribute artists, and they say the shows appear to be very popular. “If these go well, it could be the ‘niche’ we’ve been looking for, to set us aside from all the other venues. Of course, we’ll always carry top national comedians, illusionists and other variety acts, but we could build a solid reputation of a tribute music center for Iowa,” he said.

This will be the first time the Talent Factory has had a multi-act tribute show. “We have had the band, Rocky Raccoon, before and they were great,” Larry said. “That’s what gave us the idea to do a tribute show with multiple artists represented. It was serendipitous that the 50-year anniversary of the Summer Of Love came along to make it a perfect fit.”

Tickets for the show are $20 in advance/online, and $25 after 1 p.m. the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased at www.iowatalentfactory.com or at the door, the day of the show.