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              TRIBUTE BANDS                                Continued from cover

     music beginning to take shape again here   and Clouded House, paying tribute
     in South Jersey.                     to Pink Floyd, The Pretenders, and
        This being the case, still most artists   Crowded House, respectively. In the time
     and bands have yet to get fully back on   since, however, tribute bands have taken
     the road, with some announcing exten-  on a significant life of their own, growing
     sive tours beginning in the fall and others   their own—often surprisingly large and
     lining up dates for early 2022. However,   dedicated—fan bases across the world.
     if you’re someone who keeps a close eye
     on the live music coming through the
     area, you may have found a recent pre-  “In a typical year, we have
     ponderance of a specific kind of act—the
     tribute band.                              12 to 20 tribute acts
        At venues like the Levoy Theatre
     in Millville and the Landis Theater in      and they’re very popular.”
     Vineland, there’s no shortage of such acts
     to be found on their respective lists of     —Lauren Van Embden,
     upcoming events.                                Levoy Theatre               Visit to purchase tickets for Journey Tribute Band Resurrection’s rescheculed
        The origin of the tribute band is dif-                                   performance on August 28, as well as other tribute bands through the end of the year.
     ficult to place exactly, but many agree
     that the trend began somewhere in the
     mid-1960s, when bands like The Buggs   After buying the Landis Theater right   one that we could afford.”       “For us, it was a way to come alive
     set out to capitalize on widespread, mas-  before COVID hit, owner Ray Mamrak says   He knew he couldn’t get a band like   after COVID when they first told us we
     sive Beatles fandom by performing that   they were strapped with a year’s worth of   Foreigner or other six-figure acts, he   could open in a way that made sense,”
     band’s hits, dressed in similar regalia and   not being able to put on any live events.   says, but soon realized there was a poten-  says Mamrak.
     sporting similar on-stage personalities.   “What I was trying to do,” he says,   tially lucrative alternative in the world   Under the state mandate, the theater
     The mid-’90’s saw the rise of tribute acts   “is book a band that was good and that   of tribute bands that he could book at a   was initially allowed to sell 150 tickets per
     like Pink Fraud, The Pretend Pretenders,   people would want to come and see, but   much cheaper rate.                      Continued on next page

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