Magazine publishers turn tribute concert promoters

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Nostalgic Magazine to bring trio of tribute concerts to Mizner Park

Staff report

Bruce Berns and his wife Marcia have an affinity for all things nostalgic.

It’s the basis of their magazine Nostalgic Magazine, which highlights photos from decades ago.

“The magazine used to be Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra,” he said. “Now, it is Bruce Springsteen and Linda Ronstadt.”

The Baby Boomer generation flocks to the publication, which has been around for the past decade. It is free and can be found at delis, diners and markets around Palm Beach County and North Broward County.

“People love it,” Berns said. “We make it fun, it’s never serious. We aren’t political and we aren’t religious.”

A few years ago, Berns had the idea to get some of the readers together with a tribute band concert.

“People loved it and it fit into what we were doing,” he said. “We said, ‘This is a great way to get people together.’”

Last year, he brought a Beatles night to Mizner Park paired with an expo for local businesses to participate in.

The expo and show attracted about 3,500 people, he said.

This year, he is bringing three tribute bands to Mizner Park Amphitheater.

The trio of tributes starts March 12 at 7 p.m. with The U.S. Stones, followed by Absolute Queen at 7:30 p.m. on March 20 and Almost ABBA at 7:30 p.m. on March 28.

“While our tribute concerts reflect the tastes and times of our readership base, this ‘tribute trio’ promises to appeal to fans of all ages,” Berns said.

Food trucks with offerings such as lobster rolls, Greek food, wood fire pizza, vegan fare and Good Humor ice cream will be on-site for each show, along with several cash bars.

The first event will also feature a community networking event geared to Baby Boomer and active adult attendees. It is free and open from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

About the bands:

U.S. Stones

The U.S. Stones is the ultimate American Rolling Stones tribute band, featuring Doug Baird and Eric Anderson both portraying the classic “Glimmer Twins” Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.  The U.S. Stones not only captures the looks, moves and styles of The Rolling Stones, but also fully recreates the Stones concert experience.  A six-piece band augmented with percussion, horns and backing vocals, The U.S. Stones delivers a high energy show.

Absolute Queen

Absolute Queen is a realistic Queen show that replicates the songs and effects and music note for note live. Lead singer and Welshman Martyn Jenkins fronted the European Touring Queen show “Night at the Opera” for years in Europe, playing for The Queen Fan Club and performing for Brian May and Roger Taylor.

Almost ABBA

Almost ABBA is widely known as the No. 1 tribute to ABBA, and has been touring for 18 years. This costumed, choreographed sound-a-like show recreates the nostalgia of ABBA like no other. South Florida-based Almost ABBA has performed for the PGA, NBC, Universal Studios, The Grand Prix, the U.S. military troops and also at the release of the movie, Mama Mia! Tickets start at $40 per show.

Tickets to the concerts can be purchased individually or as a package to include all three shows.  Tickets are $40 per person, per show, for the VIP Seated Section (first 15 rows) and $20 per person, per show, for General Admission (bring your own chair and sit behind the VIP section).  Purchase a VIP Package (includes seated section in first three rows at each show) for $100 per person; or General Admission Package for $50 per person to include general admission seating at each of the three concerts.

For tickets and more information, visit www.NostalgicMusic.net.