Originally Published: April 27, 2018 5:58 a.m.
The Kingston Trio, one of the most prominent groups to come out of the pop-folk boom that began in the late 1950s, is performing at Yavapai College this weekend.
Proceeds from the concert benefit the Young Life West Yavapai program, a faith-based mentoring organization that helps youth, including teen mothers, according to a news release from John Mackin, the area director of the charity. In the release, he said partnering with the music group is a great help in raising money and bring awareness of the organization’s mission.
“The Kingston Trio has poured their hearts into supporting Young Life and our work with teens,” Mackin said.
On a national tour to mark the original Trio’s 60th anniversary, this Kingston Trio is comprised of Josh Reynolds, son of original Trio member Nick Reynolds, as well Mike Marvin, who is Nick Reynolds’ adopted son, and Tim Gorelangton. All three have experience with the original group. Josh Reynolds and Marvin were raised by Nick Reynolds, and Gorelangton is one of the few musicians who recorded with him.
The show is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28 and the group will be performing many of their best-loved songs. There is also a meet and greet at 7 p.m. for those with VIP tickets, priced at $25, in addition to the cost of the tickets for the concert. The concert tickets range from $30 to $55 and can be purchased online at www.ycpac.com or by calling the box office at 928-776-2000. A $3 fee is added to each purchased ticket.
According to the release, the benefit continues The Kingston Trio’s tradition of giving back to various charities in the communities where they perform. They’ve helped groups that have served at-risk youth, victims of disasters and senior nutrition. Josh Reynolds said he was impressed with Young Life’s work.
“When they asked us if we could do more benefits, our response was, ‘we’ll do as many as you want us to, we all have daughters and sons,” he said.
The Kingston Trio has been cited as an influence by numerous performing artists, including Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Steve Martin and Mumford & Sons.
In 1958, The Kingston Trio’s hit recording of “Tom Dooley,” from the group’s first album, sold more than 3 million copies as a single. Altogether, the original Trio released 19 albums that made Billboard’s Top 100, with 14 of them in the top 10 and five at number one.
Josh Reynolds said, “I am proud to continue The Kingston Trio tradition and to share the music my father, Dave, Bob and John performed and getting audiences everywhere up and singing with us.”
For more information about Young Life, visit westyavapai.younglife.org.
By Jason Wheeler, follow him on Twitter @PrescottWheels, reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037.