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Meet Trish Thayer and Robert Shaw of Lonely Street Productions in Tucson

We’d like introduce you to Lonely Street Productions.

Lonely Street Productions, a nostalgia-based concert production company, was begun in 2005 by Robert Shaw, an actor, and singer, in Tucson, AZ. He conceived, produced and starred in concerts paying tribute to Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Eventually, the productions expanded to celebrate other artists and music genres and to feature other performers. The shows branched out to the Phoenix area, Prescott and Yuma, as well as to the Midwest, Texas and the east coast.

Our concerts are not impersonations but are salutes to the music and legacy of various artists which include history and anecdotes about them. The Lonely Street catalog now includes tributes to Bobby Darin, The Rat Pack, Hank Williams, Buddy Holly, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, the Everly Brothers, Patsy Cline, Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson, and many others. Some of our most popular concerts are the “Class of…” series where we celebrate the greatest hits from 50 years ago. This series began in 2014 with the “Class of ’64” and will continue next year with “Class of ’69.”

Has it been a smooth road?
There have been struggles! We are primarily a seasonal company, catering to the 55+ community who winter in Arizona. We are busiest from December through March, which needs to sustain the company through the leaner summer months. Expanding to other markets and securing more venues has helped with that.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Lonely Street Productions story. Tell us more about the business.
Lonely Street Productions is a full-scale national concert production company that specializes in dynamic family-friendly entertainment with broad appeal. The company has become known for bringing world-class, theatrical-style concerts to theaters, festivals, performing arts centers, and other prestigious venues all over the United States- with an emphasis on nostalgia and tribute performances. The company’s strong relationships with audiences and venues are the result of a commitment to outstanding customer service, from the very first booking inquiry until the cast has greeted each and every audience member following the performance.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
We have to grow with our audience. The music nostalgia changes as our demographic ages and younger retirees move into the communities where we play. Although many genres of music span generations, we know that those who grew up in the 40’s and 50’s often have a different musical taste from those who were teenagers and young adults in the 60’s and 70’s. We have a broad range of productions and are always creating new tributes.

Pricing:

  • Ticket pricing generally ranges from $20 to $35, depending on the venue.

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Denny Schreffler

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