The Sixties: Music, Mayhem and Miracles

The BIG Picture of That Famous and Infamous Decade


The Beatles. Civil Rights. Viet Nam. The Space Race.

This multi-media presentation goes beyond the music by making the timeline the co-star of the show, presenting the songs in historical context, and allowing audiences the COMPLETE memory of the sixties (where were you when...), without a doubt the most culturally impactful decade of the 20th century. The Beatles turned popular music on its head, the United States was suffering from extreme political polarization: civil rights, Viet Nam, gender equality, social injustice, and we were on our way to the moon!

"The Sixties: Music (The Beatles, Motown, Rolling Stones), Mayhem (assassinations, riots, Viet Nam),  and Miracles (Civl Rights Act, Apollo, Women's Movement)" is a one-man multi-media performance series of (mostly) music, sights, sounds, celebrities, politics, fashion, pop culture and news-of-the-day, presented by Gary Rue. Mr. Rue offers up the news of the times (international, national, regional AND local), offers poignant commentary (often hilarious, Gary fancies himself at times a comedian), and introduces the hits of the day.

From the stage, Gary enthusiastically employs video of retail product advertisements of the era, along with news items, ad hoc film clips and television show trailers, complete with his off-the-wall spin. 

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Available as a solo performance (shown) or with a quintet of musicians.
Demographic: All ages, but especially folks who were coming of age in the 60s (ages 65-75)
Ideal for academic presentation: History, music and political science departments.

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Topics Covered: The Beatles, The Viet Nam War, The Civil Rights Movement, The Space Race

Sampler Song List

 Theme From a Summer Place (Percy Faith), Cathy's Clown (Everly Brothers), Hit the Road Jack (Ray Charles), Runaway, Soldier Boy (Shirelles), Loco-Motion (Little Eva), He's a Rebel,The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Sukiyaki, (Kyu Sakomoto) It's My Party (Leslie Gore), Sugar Shack (Fireballs), Be My Baby, A Change Is Gonna Come (Sam Cook),You've Really Got a Hold On Me (Smokey Robinson), I Wanna Hold Your Hand (Beatles), Suspicion (Terry Stafford), It Hurts To Be In Love (Gene Pitney), The house of the Rising Sun (Animals), The Girl From Ipanema (Astrid Gilberto), I'm So Proud of You (Impressions), Dancing In the Street (Martha and the Vandellas), Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter (Herman's Hermits), Sounds of Silence (Simon and Garfunkle), Yesterday (Beatles), My Girl (Temptations), Ballad of the Green Berets (Sgt Barry Sadler), Alice's Restaurant (Arlo Guthrie), STOP! In the Name of Love (Supremes), Woodstock (Joni Mitchell), Monday, Monday (Mamas and Papas), The Last Train To Clarksville (Monkees), Ruby Tuesday (Rolling Stones) , Happy Together, (Turtles), Incense Peppermints Strawberry Alarm Clock), Respect (Aretha Franklin), (Sittin' On the) Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding), Hey Jude, I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Marvin Gay), The Age Of Aquarius (Hair), Crimson and Clover (Tommy James and the Shondells), Everyday People (Sly and the Family Stone).


Touring Production Staff & Crew
Production Stage Manager: Alona Crowley
FOH Audio Engineer:               Joe Kokal
Monitor Engineer:                      Zach Thayer
Lighting Operator:                     Samantha Olson

Design Team
Multi-Media Design:                Matt Maas

Lighting Design:                         Samantha Olson 
Set Design:                                    Gunther Gullickson 
Costume Design:                        Pam Robertson

Booking:                                       Gary Rue
Business Manager:                  Chanel de la Cruz                  
Licensing and Clearance:     Dan Satorius