Friday, August 1, 2014
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The hits keep on coming

Hit Men 606The Hit Men featuring former stars of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons perform at the Harris Center for Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, on Sunday, June 8 at 2 and 7 p.m.

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It’s not the cast from Jersey Boys; it’s not a Jersey Boys tribute show and not a Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons cover band. Members of this amazing supergroup of musicians, vocalists, arrangers and composers actually were the Four Seasons who sang with Frankie Valli. They were the Shondells who sang with Tommy James. They are the authentic rock and rollers whose legacy includes hundreds of hit records from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. They now call themselves The Hit Men and are bringing their famous sounds and energy to Harris Center for the Arts.

Remember Gerry Polci and Lee Shapiro? They may not be household names now but back in the ’70s, you bought all of their records. You heard them on the radio, saw them on TV, went to their concerts.

They’re the former stars of the hit-making factory known as Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. These guys toured the world with Frankie, recorded numerous hit albums with him and sang the lead vocals on songs like “Oh What a Night” — the biggest Seasons hit of all time.

When they met in 1973, they were two boys from New Jersey barely out of their teens, and the Four Seasons hadn’t had a charted hit record in years. Along with Valli and songwriter/producer Bob Gaudio, Gerry Polci and Lee Shapiro successfully transitioned the group’s sound from ‘60s doo-wop to ‘70s pop with mega-hit songs like “Who Loves You” and “Oh What a Night.”

The show is an amazing look back through rock and roll history, including fascinating back stories of what it was like being on the road and in the recording studios with Frankie, Tommy, Carly, Cat, Jim and Elton.

Tickets are priced at $25 to $39 with premium $49. Tickets are available online at harriscenter.net or from the Harris Center ticket office at 916-608-6888 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket.

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