Boomers grew up with 'Mr. Lonely', "Blue Velvet' and a host of others

 The Rock n Roll Legends Shows returns to The Grand on Saturday September 27 with one of America's treasured love song singers, Bobby Vinton. Boomers grew up with his classic tunes, "Mr. Lonely", "Blue Velvet" and "Melody of Love" (a song that Bobby sings partly in Polish, in homage to his nationality).

Bobby's career has never had a break since the early '60's. He has toured consistently and even had his own showplace in Branson MO for a long stretch. He appears all over the country, most notably in Vegas.

An accomplished musician, having majored in musical composition in college, Vinton is proficient in piano, sax, clarinet, drum, trumpet and minored in oboe...ALL of which he will play on September 27.  Undoubtedly this will be a high energy concert.

All told Vinton has sold 75 million records and has 12 Gold Records. September 27th will be a family affair. Bobby is bringing along his long time accompanists; his son and daughter. It will be a memorable time for all who love his legendary songs of love.

For Lois Parker, head of Luray Productions, this will be her 4th concert at The Grand. She has touched a nerve and created a whole new market for those that grew up listening to rock n roll on the radio.

Opening for Vinton will be an 18 year old doo wop prodigy from New Jersey, Kid Kyle. Kyle appeared for one tune at one of Luray's earlier events. He came as quite a surprise to the audience that night, for as one might consider, the vast majority of Rock n Roll Legends' artists are senior citizens.

Kyle channeled the style and the moves of the early rock n roll legends and blew the audience away.  The 'Kid" has charisma.                800.37.GRAND  

And, speaking of The Grand...

 “Treasures and Tales of Italy’s Guardia di Finanza Art Recovery Team” makes U.S. debut in Delaware at Delaware's Center for The Performing Arts

Priceless antiquities. Ruthless grave robbers. High-tech counterfeits. International smuggling routes from Italy to the posh auction houses of London,  from the seedy underbelly of the black market to world-renown museums.

A groundbreaking exhibition of priceless works of Etruscan and Greco-Roman art and craftsmanship, on display at The Grand  from Oct. 3-Dec. 21.

The Guardia di Finanza, with headquarters in Rome, is Italy’s national law enforcement agency tasked with fighting financial crime and recovering stolen art and artifacts.

This exhibit, making its only U.S. appearance in Delaware, comes on the heels of several successful shows of recovered art in Italy. Italian authorities estimate that Italy loses more than 5,000 pieces of art to illegal smuggling every year.

Highlights of this exhibition include “Hercules and Hydra,” one of only the few surviving neck-amphora attributed to Lysippides, famed Greek painter of the 6th century BC, whose art was traded throughout Italy for small fortunes at the time.

Lt. Col. Massimo Rossi, chief in command of the Guardia di Finanza’s art recovery team, will be in Wilmington for the opening of the exhibition in October.

“The masterpieces that will be shown in Wilmington were recovered in cooperation with other national police forces outside of Italy, or by foreign museum organizations that believed them to be legal at the time of their acquisition,” Rossi said. “Some of these works of art were “grave goods,” beautiful pieces buried alongside the dead."

The exhibit will also include a few “master forgeries,” beautiful pieces of antiquity exposed as fakes by the Guardia di Finanza.

 “We are pleased to be the host for this intriguing exhibit of art from Italy,” said Steve Bailey, executive director of The Grand Opera House. “It’s fitting to have this amazing art from the Old World on display in one of the most beautiful buildings in our corner of the New World".

“Treasures and Tales” runs from Oct. 3 through Dec. 21. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; noon-7 p.m. Wednesday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for unlimited entrance cost $15. Private showings and group tours are available by reservation.      302-652-5577 or 800-37-GRAND.