THE GRASS ROOTS
November 18 | 4pm & 7pm
Resident $35 | General Public $40
The Grass Roots is an American pop and rock band that began as the studio based brainchild of songwriting duo P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, yet soon an actual group came into being that was one of the biggest touring bands of the late 60s. Between 1966 and 1975 they had a series of major hits, most notably "Let's Live for Today", "Midnight Confessions", "Sooner or Later", "Temptation Eyes", and "Two Divided by Love", which helped define the essence of the era's AM radio. During this period they charted 14 U.S. Top 40 hits, including seven gold singles and one platinum single, and albums that collected their singles almost effortlessly went gold. They are one of only nine bands that have charted twenty nine or more Top 100 Billboard singles. They have sold over twenty million records worldwide. They hold the all time attendance record for a one act, the US concert of 600,000 people on July 4th, 1982 in Washington, DC.
They have appeared on over 50 national television shows. Many of their hits are still seeing heavy rotation on oldies stations to this day. They achieved one platinum album, two gold albums, thirteen gold singles and charted singles a total of twenty nine times. In their home state of California, they were rock and roll legends and enjoyed heavy rotation of their songs as the local heroes. They managed to consistently satisfy their listeners through several lineups of musicians, all producing a great sound to carry on the tradition. The Grass Roots benefited from outstanding production and recording techniques compliments of Dunhill Records and their producers P.F. Sloan & Steve Barri. Their recordings stand up to the test of time.Since the disbanding of the original group in 1975, The Grass Roots have been seen in thousands of concerts across the country almost seamlessly to the present day. Rob Grill was the guiding light in the continued exposure of The Grass Roots music to old and new listeners alike. Since 1967, he weathered the trial and tribulations of the music business and led the group into the new millennium. He was the common thread for the positive output that the group has given music listeners around the world. He did this for over forty years until his passing on July 11, 2011. This is quite an accomplishment in any record book. This serves as a testament to a man who was a top level vocalist, songwriter, guitarist, manager, producer and owner. Through his many talents, he gained the respect of his peers and the admiration of music listeners around the globe. His estate retains full ownership of the group and he has left the legacy of The Grass Roots in the capable hands of Dusty Hanvey, Larry Nelson, Joe Dougherty and Mark Dawson to go forward into the years ahead.