Originally Published: November 1, 2018 9:40 p.m.
MacDougal Street West is bringing its Peter, Paul & Mary Experience to the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center this weekend.
A local band made up of Prescott and Prescott Valley residents, MacDougal Street West consists of Mary Alberts, Rick Shore, Ron Skelton and Bill Rice. When putting the show together, they know they need to have all the hits, but are always continually learning new songs that Peter, Paul & Mary put out and work to capture their feel and sound while making it their own, Alberts said.
“Peter, Paul & Mary were together for 50 years and they had many, many albums and they have so much material out there and so many wonderful songs so it’s always hard to choose,” she said. “It’s tough, sometimes, picking and choosing, but we absolutely love working on the songs.
Alberts said her favorite song to perform is “Early Morning Rain.” The Friday, Nov. 2 show is going to have a 16-year-old in the audience who includes “Puff, the Magic Dragon” as one of his favorite songs and it’s his birthday, she said. MacDougal Street West plans to mention his birthday during the show, Alberts said.
Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and are available online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the door one hour prior to the performance.
Sometimes, the show can be a surprise to people who think they’re only going to hear the hits like “Puff, the Magic Dragon” or “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” but they’ll hear a lot more than that, Alberts said. In fact, they’ve had to add to medleys in both sets because whenever they get done with a show, someone always says they’ve left out one of their favorites, she said.
Alberts said that she loves how the band is able to touch people’s memories and heartstrings. After the show, people will come up to them and say how they were taken back to specific times in their lives.
“We just love touching people,” she said. “Sometimes people actually come up to us with tears in their eyes saying ‘I didn’t really realize how much I missed that music,” she said.
For more information about MacDougal Street West, visit www.macdougalstreetwest.com. The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center is located at 117 E. Gurley St.