On Saturday, September 25, at 7:30 pm, The Mendel Center Mainstage in Benton Harbor, Michigan, will host an evening of crisp harmonies and iconic American music when Folk Legacy Trio takes to the stage.
Three seasoned performers – Jerry Siggins, Rick Dougherty, and George Grove – from legendary groups have come together to form the Folk Legacy Trio, singing a catalog of favorite songs from the great folk era of the ‘50s through the mid-‘70s. Each of these remarkable talents brings years of experience to the Folk Legacy Trio in a display of vocal and instrumental excellence that has left audiences begging for more.
Packaging their repertoire as The Great American Folksong Book™, their signature dynamic harmonies take audiences on a journey to the past, breathing new life into the beloved songs made famous by such artists as Peter, Paul & Mary, The Kingston Trio, Gordon Lightfoot, Simon & Garfunkel, The New Christy Minstrels, Bob Dylan, John Denver, and many more.
About the group members
Jerry Siggins was formerly with the legendary doo-wop group The Diamonds for 27 years. He has found himself on the stages of Disneyland to performing arts centers around the country singing everything from folk music and barbershop to Celtic folk and doo-wop, all with his enthusiastic and commanding style.
Rick Dougherty, formerly of The Limeliters and the Kingston Trio for 26 years, has written dozens of songs, arranged for vocal groups and even directed opera (under duress, he says), and hit the international stages ﬁrst as Glenn Yarbrough’s replacement in The Limeliters for fourteen years and later adding his ringing tenor voice to The Kingston Trio for twelve years.
George Grove, former member of The Kingston Trio for 41 years, went from being a background picker at The Grand Ole Opry almost directly into a four-decade career as banjoist extraordinaire with the legendary folk/pop group.
Along the way, all three gentlemen became close friends with and performed on the same stages with the best-known names of the folk and the folk-rock eras: Peter Paul & Mary, Tom Paxton, Judy Collins, Barry MacGuire, The New Christy Minstrels, The Brothers Four, The Chad Mitchell Trio, The Mamas & The Papas, The Association, John Sebastian, Josh White Jr, The Limeliters, Glenn Yarbrough, The Kingston Trio, and Pete Seeger.
These are the friends and memories Folk Legacy Trio brings to life with the memorable and exciting music of the Great American Folksong Book™.
The Folk Legacy Trio’s outstanding performances earned them the cover shot on an issue of the Vegas Voice, followed by sell-out crowds at their Las Vegas shows. Bringing fans from their previous groups with them, they have already established a solid fan base that is eager to hear them in their new configuration.
This is a group that brings years of performance experience to the stage with stories, humor, and harmonies that ring through the room. It’s the very best of the great folk era in a show that sweeps audiences to their feet.
General admission tickets by seating zone for Folk Legacy Trio start at $35. They are available online and through The Mendel Center box office at (269) 927-8700, option 1, weekdays from 2 to 6 pm. In-person box office hours are 2 to 6 pm Tuesdays through Thursdays. The box office is located in The Mendel Center Grand Upton Hall lobby at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, parking lot entrance 3 off Yore Avenue. Published ticket prices do not include applicable fees.
Mendel Center Performance Series memberships continue to be available with the purchase of three or more season performances. Membership benefits include ticket discounts, early access to newly announced shows throughout the season, and priority ticket purchasing for the 2022-2023 season. For more information about season memberships, contact The Mendel Center Box Office or visit The Mendel Center website.
Mendel Center 2021-2022 Season Sponsors
Stage Side Sponsors: Honor Credit Union, JVIS USA, Kruggel Lawton CPAs, Meijer, Silver Beach Pizza, Silver Harbor Brewing Company, Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council, Sturgis Bank, TCF Bank, TPC Technologies.
Platinum Sponsors: Adent’s Landscape Supplies, Inc., Berrien Community Foundation, CK Catering, Hungerford Nichols, CPAs + Advisors, Imperial Furniture, Insurance Management Services, Pier 33, United Federal Credit Union
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Preferred Partner Hotels: The Inn at Harbor Shores and The Boulevard Inn & Bistro
Posted August 13, 2021