The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts will host Vinyl Radio, featuring Chuckatuck native Tim Buppert, at the Birdsong Theater next weekend.
The 8 p.m. show on Saturday, April 2 will feature classic 1970s rock.
Joining Buppert in the tribute band are Chip Martin, Ronnie Kimball and Ron Wallace. They will cover a “who’s who” of artists from the 1970s, including the Eagles, America, CSN&Y, Bad Company, The Doobie Brothers, Boston, Aerosmith, Styx, Queen and Led Zeppelin.
Buppert made a living as a singing drummer from the age of 18 until moving to Nashville in 1991, when he put drums aside to focus on a career as a songwriter. While performing his songs at the Bluebird Café, Buppert was asked to sing demos for hit songwriter Don Schlitz. Fast forward 25 years and he has sung on over 8,000 recordings including albums by Trisha Yearwood, Michael Peterson, Kevin Sharp, Billy Ray Cyrus and Rodney Atkins and on jingles for Pepsi, Luvs diapers, TNN and many more. ‘others.
Vinyl Radio came together organically after the four musicians were asked to perform at a party with friends. After the first party, word quickly spread with more requests and offers and it ignited the drummer’s childhood dreams.
“After that first gig, we were all like, ‘Wow, that was kind of fun. But we also said that if we’re going to do this seriously, we have to decide what the band is going to be about, so we kind of decided to do a homage to the 70s and there’s so much to choose from in that decade.
Kimball has shared the stage with superstars like Huey Lewis, Greg Khin, The Knack, Elvin Bishop and Tommy Tutone. He was the lead singer/leader of his recording group AOR Workforce on Scotti Bro./CBS Records.
Chip Martin cut his teeth on classic 1960s pop sounds like the Beatles, Rolling Stones and other British invasion bands as well as American artists like the big bands of Motown. Later, it was the sounds of bands like the Eagles, Crosby Stills and Nash, and America that caught the attention of the already traveling singer-songwriter. He has a gold record for his song “Forget About Love” recorded by country star Mark Wills and has a song that is the title track (“Love Me or Leave Me Alone”) on Randy Meisner’s latest CD (formerly of the Eagles).
Wallace has one of Music Row’s most recognizable and sought-after voices, earning him a spot on Nashville’s A-list session singers. Touring with the then newcomer, Tim McGraw found him a spot on McGraw’s first video. Wallace has recorded for Sony/Columbia and can be heard on recordings by country heavyweights Don Williams, Ty Herndon and Faith Hill, including his #1 single “Take Me As I Am”.
“You’ll end up leaving younger than you showed up,” Buppert said of the two-hour show slated for next weekend. “It will be everything from Aerosmith to Zeppelin.”
Spectators are encouraged to wear 70s rock band t-shirts or ties to receive $1 off beer or wine purchases. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $25, $28, $32, and $35 for reserved seating through the SCCA Box Office at 757-923-2900, online at SuffolkCenter.org/vinyl-radio/ or at 110 W. Finney Ave.