VIC, STEVIE: Together Again for the First Time

VicSMTBY George Halas

They have two of the most recognizable names in Fox Cities’ music.

In addition to his many concert appearances and his recorded work, singer Stevie March-Torme is well-known for his afternoon radio show on 91.1 The Avenue.

According to their legion of fans, Vic Ferrari is the best rock band in Wisconsin.

Drawing from the title of a collaboration between Mel Torme and Buddy Rich, The Grand Opera House in Oshkosh will present the debut of “Vic Ferrari and Stevie March-Torme: Together Again for The First Time” on Saturday, March 5th, at 7:30 p.m.

The show will feature songs that neither typically plays live.

“We’re coming from pretty diverse places, but we found common ground. We both like the Beatles,” March-Torme said. “We found more than enough to do together, and there will be surprises throughout.”

In addition to opening the second set with “Suite: Judy Blues Eyes,” by Crosby, Stills and Nash, the show will also feature The HD Horns – Ken Skitch, Jack Naus and Chris Felts – on tunes like “Lady Madonna,” and “Let ‘Em In.”

“I think it’s going to be a tremendously fun show,” March-Torme said. “I am looking forward to doing something I don’t normally do. It’s us doing a bunch of really great pop rock songs. This is going to be a lot of fun for me because I get to play guitar and piano, but the most attractive thing is that Vic Ferrari has six great singers and I will get to sing some harmonies. If you are a fan of classic rock and classic pop songs, i.e. Kenny Loggins, Chicago, Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Beatles, Van Morrison, et cetera. This is going to be a really cool concert.”

“We’re very happy with the way people have turned on to this show,” said Vic Ferrari vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Mike Bailey. “The show has a really nice vibe and there is a lotta’ magic to it.”

The idea emanated in part from Bailey watching a video of March-Torme’s 2014 Beatles-McCartney tribute, “Here, There and Everywhere,” at The Leach Amphitheater in Oshkosh.

“I don’t know if there is anything more frustrating for a musician than to put in all that work and preparation, and then have it rain,” Bailey said. “I said, ‘let’s do it the right way.’ Do it indoors, under control and make a song list that fits both of our bands. We don’t get a chance to play gigs like this very often, so this is very cool.”

For those of you who turned out for his Paul McCartney tribute concert two summers ago at the Leach Amphitheater, we all know how that ended.

“Really, really wet!” March-Torme recalled. “I feel there’s some unfinished business here and I can guarantee that you won’t need your umbrellas inside the Grand.”

Both are very excited about the possibilities. For Vic Ferrari, their artistic growth, best exemplified by the always evolving Vic Ferrari Symphony on The Rocks performance, continues with “another brand of the band.”

“The rehearsals have been really fun, and this has been very healthy for the band,” Bailey said. “Stevie comes to rehearsals prepared and makes us step up our game.”

“I feel very lucky that I can do fun things like this,” March-Torme said. “We’ll see how this show goes. If it works out, we both see it as something we can do together in the future.”

While the show is very close to selling out, as SCENE went to press, there were still tickets available. For ticket info, go to:

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