BCPAC Brings Starship to Bradford

Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, will bring its classic rock and roll sounds to the Bradford Area High School Auditorium for a 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016 performance.

This is the seventh show announced by the Bradford Creative & Performing Arts Center (BCPAC) for the upcoming season.

The legendary San Francisco band, featuring Mickey Thomas, almost needs no introduction. They had a hand in shaping rock and roll music for nearly four decades. Many may remember Starship rose out of the shadow of their parent group, Jefferson Starship, and before that, the Jefferson Airplane.

“I’m really excited about this show,” says BCPAC executive director, David Fillenwarth. “This band is known for putting on a great performance, and it answers the plea of area residents who want to see and hear a classic rock band.” Fillenwarth added, “We’re going to hear the full catalog of hits from their storied history and a couple of added surprises.”

The band produced iconic 1980s songs including, “We Built This City,” “Sara,” “Layin’ It on the Line,” “Find Your Way Back,” “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” and “Jane.”

Thomas joined the then Jefferson Starship in 1979, after the departure of singer Grace Slick and singer-guitarist Marty Balin. The group made various personnel changes, eventually touring as Starship.

During the 1980s, Thomas served as the main vocalist, performing several duets with Slick, who rejoined in 1981. When Paul Kantner left in 1984, Thomas became the band’s solo leader.

From 1985 to 1989, Starship recorded some of its biggest hits, some with Slick, who left again in 1988. After her departure, Starship reached the Top 40 charts with “It’s Not Enough.”

In 1990, Thomas changed the group’s name to “Starship featuring Mickey Thomas,” and the group has made periodic tours since then.

Tickets are priced at $45 each and will be available for season subscribers in July, and for the general public August 3rd. Additional information will be forthcoming at the BCPAC office 814-362-2522, or online at BCPAC.com.

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