Studio City, CA, September 17, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- On October 15, 2015, Rockabilly Jump Swing band Maureen & the Mercury 5 will meet their guitar hero - surf guitar legend Dick Dale - when they open for him in concert at Burbank hot spot Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill. The show marks the end of Dick Dale’s 25-city tour and tickets sold out as soon as they were announced. With new sound system and new management, Joe’s can now add Dick Dale to a growing list of celebrity performers including Badfinger, Brian Setzer Alum Bernie Dresel and Foo Fighter’s spinoffs, Chevy Metal.
This is just one more memorable event in M&M5’s history with Joe’s. The band was actually born there, mentored by the late Blues/Swing/Rockabilly promoter Mark Tortorici. After the demise of the infamous Derby (featured in the movie “Swingers” along with many of Maureen’s dancer pals), Tortorici made Joe’s the center of Swing & Rockabilly music and dance in Southern California, and once he invited Maureen to dance she was hooked. Soonafter, M&M5 played their first show.
Maureen, whose voice draws comparisons to Dusty Springfield, Ann Margret, Amy Winehouse & Chrissy Hynde, also just became the first female music director in late night talk show history as Maureen & the Mercury 5 were cast as the house band for the new live-to-tape program, “After Dark with Julian Clark at The Second City.” M&M5’s single, “The Keepin’ Kind” (from the album by the same name on Swingtone Records / Universal Music Group) is the theme song for the show, which producers hope to be at the center of a bidding war between networks and internet companies like Netflix and Hulu, following in the footsteps of Second City creations “Saturday Night Live” and “SCTV.”
As a writer, Maureen has hundreds of song placements in film and on TV, notably in the Oscar-winning “The Descendants” starring George Clooney. Concert performances include Carnegie Hall, Osaka, Tokyo, Moscow and St. Petersburg with renowned vibraphonist Gary Burton. She has performed for 100’s of fans from Paris Club Balajo to Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Festival, from the historical Queen Mary Ship to Disneyland but the band is especially excited to open for Dick Dale since M&M5’s repertoire is inspired by the music of the late 50’s and early 60’s.
On a very personal note, though, M&M5 and Dick Dale share a common cause: healthcare reform in the U.S. “I’ve always loved Dick Dale’s music and the passion behind it,” says Maureen. “...now I have limitless admiration for his quest for better healthcare in America.” Dick Dale and wife Lana are both coping with serious medical challenges and the financial hardships resulting, and hope this recent tour can inspire government to make the necessary changes to assist other Americans like them. Says the 78-year old Dick Dale, “We’re like Johnny Appleseed, crossing the country and sowing the seeds of survival....I can’t stop touring because I will die. Physically and literally, I will die.”
For more information, industry comps or to schedule an interview, please contact Frankie Addams at Swingtone Records via email at email@example.com. EPK and calendar can be found at www.maureenandthemercury5.com.