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Summer of Love Comes to the Stadium Theatre

Glen Burtnik’s Summer of Love brought some Peace, Love & Great Music to the Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre in Woonsocket, RI on July 29th. The Saturday evening show kicked off with Stephen Still’s classic “Love the One You’re With” and for the next two hours showered the audience with hits from the era of Woodstock and beyond.

The show consisting of 16 dynamic performers that included featured vocalists, a horn section, strings, keyboards, background vocalists, violinist and an incredible rock rhythm section enhanced by psychedelic lighting and video show kept the packed house engaged with lots of audience participation.

The Summer of Love show was perfectly fronted by singer, songwriter musician Glen Burtnick who has a resume that includes being an original Beatlemania on Broadway cast member, former member of the band Styx, The Orchestra (ELO sequel) and many current projects including The Weeklings. In addition to performing lead on many of the numbers, Glen was constantly introducing a revolving door of featured artists taking on the roles in full costume of Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, Grace Slick, Joni Mitchell and Sly Stone to name a few.

During an interview with RI Blogger, Co-owner & GM of the show, Tony Pallagrosi explains that he and Glen produce only 15 – 20 “Summer of Love” shows a year, making it a truly special event for both the audience and performers. The entire cast are all busy with their own creative careers but still enjoy getting together for those special shows to re-create that Summer of Love magic!

The show appropriately closed with an encore of the Turtle’s tune, “Happy Together” performed by the entire cast and supported by the Stadium Theatre’s audience on their feet in a sing along. If you missed this show you will want to be sure to catch the next time the show comes to town. Fortunately for us, the Stadium Theatre makes it a point to bring back fan favorites on a regular basis, with that said, Glen Burtnick’s Summer of Love is certain to pay the Stadium Theatre & RI a visit in the future.

To learn more about the Summer of Love show visit www.summerofloveconcert.com. For all upcoming events at the Stadium Theatre visit www.stadiumtheatre.com

Here are a few images taken by RI Blogger’s resident photographer Kerry Quinn


Glen Burtnik – Vocals/Guitar/Bass/Band Leader

JaQuita May – featured vocalist (here as Tina Turner)

Freedom Bremner – featured vocalist

Reagan Richards – featured vocalist

Joe LaFragola – Lead Guitar/Vocals

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