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6:31 PM Wed, Dec. 12th

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute puts own spin on music

The music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons seems to be all over the place as of late, from the film "Jersey Boys" to TAD Management's "December '63" tribute coming to the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center on Friday, August 7. Packed full of personality, the group puts their own spin on the music that keeps audiences coming back.

The group's Valli, Rhys Gilyeat, said he's been involved in music since he was young, noting that his mother is a musical director. He said performing a tribute to Frankie Valli was his idea because of his own versatility.

"I always had the range," he said. "It was inevitable that I'd be doing this kind of music."

And to distinguish themselves from the original Four Seasons, Gilyeat said he and the performers of "December '63" put their own spin and twists on the songs. He said they've taken some of the bigger numbers and turned them into ballads while making other medleys unique.

Gilyeat said the group packs the show full of personality and lets the music speak for itself. But he also said they're fun to watch and they love to be up on stage. The group is so popular that Gilyeat said some people come to see the show six or seven times. He related how he loves the audience, calling connecting with it a lot of fun.

Mentioning his favorite songs in the Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons discography, Gilyeat said, "I have a weak spot for 'Big Girls Don't Cry,'" and "I love our version of 'Fallen Angel,'" which he noted is a crowd favorite.

As for Prescott, Gilyeat said he's been to the area before, and it's one of his favorite places to perform because of how kind audiences have been.

"They love coming to see us," he said.

"December '63" will be at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St. on Friday, August 7 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and can be purchased online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 928-777-1370, or at the door one hour prior to performance.

Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.