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Alexandria Area Arts Association prepares for ‘1960’s invasion’

The 1960s are invading the Alexandria Area Arts Association (AAAA) with a live concert featuring The Sensational Sleepers on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m.

The Sensational Sleepers: Beatles Plus features music from the 1960’s British Rock Invasion, including The Who, The Beatles, The Byrds, The Hollies and many more.

The Sleepers feature Gary Rue, Gordon Oschwald, Tilly and Victor Johnson playing songs of the 60s, including We Gotta Get Outa This Place, Hippy Hippy Shake, A Hard Day’s Night, Do You Love Me, Look Through Any Window and many more.

Between 1965 when The Sleepers formed and now, they have done stints as sidemen with many of the American foundational groups of the 60s, including The Coasters, The Drifters, Platters, and as the core quartet for Gene Pitney.

Besides their experience on the national scene, The Sleepers have been members of local, regional and national acts including Rue Nouveau, Zoo Parade and City Mouse. The group began playing together in 1965.

“It’s so exciting to bring this eclectic mix of 60’s hits to Alexandria,” said Benjamin Klipfel, AAAA executive director. “As musicians, The Sleepers are deeply rooted in the great music of the 60s, and this event provides a wonderful time machine to this generation of music that changed the world.”

The 70-minute concert will feature a mix of music and multimedia and is one night only.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door and can be purchased weekdays by calling the AAAA Box Office at (320) 762-8300 or in person at 618 Broadway Street in Alexandria. The box office will open for walk up tickets at 6:30 p.m. on October 11.

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