Fans of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons can hear their songs this weekend at The State Theater with a performance by December ’63, a tribute band.
Founder of the group, Nick Davies, said the group is first and foremost a Frankie Valli tribute band.
“We don’t pretend to be the Four Seasons and we let our own personalities shine on stage,” he said.
They try to get as close to the Four Seasons as possible without pretending to be them, Davies said.
The music, he said, is some of the best ever written.
Davies said he put the show together with his father more than four years ago. It was about the time when the movie version of “Jersey Boys” was in theaters and the Broadway show had been successful for a while.
He thought it was perfect timing, not only because of the popularity of the musical, but the music is timeless and fun to perform.
It’s the music he was brought up with, Davies said.
“I have my parents to thank for that,” he said.
He was raised on the music of The Beatles, Billy Joel, Elton John and Frankie Valli, he said.
The show has a live band including a group of musicians who have been playing together a while and add their own flair, he said.
“It’s such a great treat to perform with them,” Davies said.
For the particular show that’s coming to Elizabethtown, they stick with the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. There’s another version of their tour that includes Earth Wind and Fire and Michael Jackson music.
The lineup always has to include audience favorites such as “Sherry,” “Walk like a Man” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” Davies said.
There are some die-hard fans that always ask about some of the lesser-known songs, he said.
But there’s so much music that it’s impossible to include it all in one show, he said.
Sometimes, Davies said, they’ll switch around some of the lesser-known songs to even the playing field for die-hard fans.
Audiences might think they only know the hit songs, but once the group starts singing, they realize the Four Seasons sang more songs than they realized, he said.
“The show itself is 90 minutes of pure fun,” Davies said, adding the group is made up of four best friends on and off stage.
The performance also includes audience interaction, he said.
Crowds usually have a variety of older and younger fans, he said. Most of the audience is made up of fans who grew up with the music, but Davies said there also are many younger faces in the crowd.
They’ll sometimes notice younger audience members that look like they were brought there by their parents, he said. But by the end of the show, they are up dancing and having fun.
“It’s heartwarming to know this music spans generations and makes people feel that happiness,” he said.
When the parents can see themselves in their children during the concert, Davies said he knows the group is doing their job right.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. Saturday and doors open at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $40 for floor seating, $30 for reserved seating and $15 for balcony seating.
The State Theater is at 209 West Dixie Avenue in Elizabethtown.
For tickets or more information, call 270-234-8258.