Tom Petty was a legend, and in a year where we’ve lost a lot of voices, his death has hit music lovers particularly hard. If you’re missing his music, we suggest honoring his legacy at “Free Fallin’: Celebrating the Music of Tom Petty,” 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Harbor Square Theatre. Here are five reasons to make it to the show.
1. An unbelievable lineup. You might not be listening to Tom Petty in the flesh, but the amazing lineup of local musicians involved in this tribute are hardly second fiddle. With a lineup that includes Andy Reeves, Chris Gillin Schwartz, Ed Dobbs, Nate Kennedy, Chris Barber, C Lynne Smith, Jeff Schwachter, Kate Delaney Chew, Dan Barry, Bernadette Matthews, Michael Curley, Buzz McCafferty, Tim Carney, Jimm Ross, Ric Rutherford, Joe Schwartz, Charles Place and Marnie Lengle, it’s sure to be a can’t-miss performance.
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2. An old school theater. “Free Fallin’” will be held at the Half Moon Stage of the recently renovated Harbor Square Theatre. This particular stage is from the original theater. It features an art deco look and feel, and yet it’s hardly antiquated. With modern, comfortable, reclining seats, it’s a particularly great place to kick back and catch a show.
3. Cocktails. This isn’t your mama’s movie theater or show venue. Skip the popcorn and Milk Duds, and grab yourself a hand-crafted cocktail from the Harbor Burger Bar before heading into the show. Or check out the theater concessions, where there is a variety of wine and beer available right alongside the M&M’s.
4. Proximity to fun. There’s no reason for the fun to end when the show does. Afterwards, keep basking in the memory of Tom Petty and head to a Stone Harbor staple like The Reeds at Shelter Haven for a glass of wine at Sax, or Fred’s Tavern for a post-show beer. Both are located about a block from Harbor Square Theatre, so save your Uber for the ride home.
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5. It’s Tom Petty, for crying out loud. Is there a better reason to head to a show than the music that will be performed? At “Free Fallin’,” expect to hear Tom Petty classics like “Learning to Fly,” “Walls,” “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” “Don’t Do Me Like That” and “Won’t Back Down”. You’ll hear stripped down versions with acoustic guitars, mandolins and banjos, while others will play with electric guitars, keys, drums and bass … but it will all be Tom Petty.