Saturday, October 28, 2017
Summer of Love
Join us as the 50th anniversary celebration for the Summer of Love continues, with a sing-along led by pianist Billy Philadelphia. This is the show Billy did at S.F. Botanical Gardens last summer. All the songs are from 1967, and include Happy Together, White Rabbit, Both Sides Now, etc. Spec. adm. $15.
Billy Philadelphia is one of those rare performers who is equally at home on stage or behind the scenes. He was Musical Director for several Bay Area television shows including a year and a half on KRON-TV’s SFO with Steve Jamison (for which Billy wrote and recorded the theme song), over 60 appearances on KGO-TV’s AM San Francisco, and numerous shows with Bill Raferty on Good Time Cafe, last seen nationwide on A&E. On these shows he had the opportunity to accompany such artists as Andy Williams, Nell Carter, Little Richard, Vanessa Williams, Ben Vereen, James Galway, et. al.
He accompanied the incomparable Dame Edna in her hit show, The Royal Tour, at Theatre on the Square in San Francisco. He accompanied actress Mariette Hartley in her cabaret debut at the Plush Room, as well as singer/performers Rita Moreno and Andrea Marcovicci. He served as musical director for shows at San Jose Repertory Theatre, Marin Theatre Company and Aurora Theatre. Billy also had a long-running spot as the “Man About Town” on the Frank and Mike Show on KNBR-AM.
He has led bands of all kinds in numerous Bay Area clubs, cabarets and hotels, as well as opening for Van Morrison, Maria Muldaur, The Lettermen, Leon Redbone and Flo & Eddie. His credits also include playing with Chuck Berry, Commander Cody and Asleep at the Wheel.