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     event, keeping attendees six feet apart.   Pilots). Mamrak says they’re picking the
     Mamrak says the tribute band shows have   best of the best, and now it’s time to see
     been successful, having sold out almost   if these acts can draw even larger crowds
     every event within the mandate’s param-  than they already have been.
     eters. Recently, a Styx tribute band—fea-  It’s a similar story for the Levoy
     turing two of the original members that   Theatre in Millville. Tribute bands have
     played with Styx themselves—graced the   been a part of the Levoy’s regular pro-
     stage for a sold-out show.           gramming since 2012, says Phillip Van   Landis Theater has Led Zeppelin fans in mind this summer with Zozo, left, performing
        Another prosperous event was the   Embden, who in tandem with his daugh-            on June 25 and girl band Lez Zeppelin booked for July 9.
     Meatloaf tribute band, Pot Roast, based   ter Lauren Van Embden, handles the
     out of Los Angeles.                  booking at the Levoy.
        “I swear to you, it was him on stage—  “In a typical year, we have 12 to 20 trib-  if somebody has seen the real deal, they   artist doing all the hits.”
     his looks, his body, his mannerisms, the   ute acts and they’re very popular,” Lauren   don’t feel like they’ve just seen a knockoff,”   The Levoy recently hosted Broken
     whole thing,” says Mamrak.           Van Embden says. “There’s a vast range of   she says. “They leave our theater saying,   Arrow, a Neil Young tribute band fronted
        With the state mask mandate now   options out there in terms of quality, from   ‘That was as good as the real thing.’ ”  by Joe Mass, whom Van Embden says “is
     gone and restrictions on seating lifted,   amateur, for-fun hobbyists who put bands   Phillip Van Emden notes that the   just plain awesome—looks like Neil Young
     the Landis can now entertain even more   together because they like to pay tribute   members of tribute bands are all fans—  in his heyday, sounds like Neil Young,
     guests for their future events. And there’s   to an artist, to middle-of-the-road bands,   fans taking it to the next level. “The thing   plays better than Neil Young.” In the com-
     truly something for everyone, regardless   to top-of-the-line, super high-quality acts   about tribute bands,” he says, “is that they   ing months, the Levoy will be featuring
     of your music preferences. In June and   who look like the person, sound like the   help people recreate the experience they   tribute acts like Resurrection (Journey),
     July alone, the theater will host tribute   person—you close your eyes and you think   had. If you look at a typical tribute band,   Yellow Brick Road (Elton John), and Live
     acts as diverse as Promised Land (Bruce   you’re actually at their concert.”   it might be [paying tribute to] a band that   & Let Die (a symphonic tribute to the
     Springsteen), The Soft Parade (The     She says the Levoy tries to stick to the   was big in the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s—bands   music of Paul McCartney.) n
     Doors), Romeo Delight (Van Halen), Zoso   latter, so that the audience feels like they’re   that have morphed into other things or
     and Lez Zeppelin (both Led Zeppelin   seeing “more than a bar band,” though   have gone out of business—and what   You can find more information on the
     tribute acts), Rock of Ages (Def Leppard),   she’s quick to add there’s nothing wrong   made them famous was a series of hit   Landis Theater at and
     Bad Animals (Heart), Terrapin (Grateful   with that, either. “What we’re selling is a   songs. So, the tribute bands give an audi-  more information on the Levoy Theatre at
     Dead), and Lounge Fly (Stone Temple   little more sophisticated experience, so that   ence the chance to see a facsimile of an

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