UNDER THE STREETLAMP
March 28-April 1 at 8 p.m.
Under the Streetlamp’s electrifying and inspiring music is thrilling audiences across the globe. Originally established by members of the Chicago company of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys, this fraternity of gifted performers breathes new life into your favorite Doo Wop, Motown, and old time Rock n’ Roll hits. Streetlamp’s unique blend of harmonies and slick dance moves make it impossible to resist the urge to sing and dance along to songs from the heydays of AM radio.
After their run with Jersey Boys, the founding members spent the next year cultivating their brand, playing sold-out shows in Chicagoland venues. Soon, the boys caught the eye of a local producer who believed their nostalgic rebirth of retro Rock n’ Roll could have a home on PBS, where their music would reach millions across the country.
In the fall of 2011, Under the Streetlamp, LIVE! was filmed and the following spring, it started airing on PBS stations nationwide. With Under the Streetlamp, LIVE! a hit, Streetlamp launched its first tour in the spring of 2012 at Club Nokia, in Los Angeles. The band spent the next few months playing to enthusiastic crowds in historic venues across the country and were thrilled to open for the legendary Temptations that fall.
The second PBS Special, Under The Streetlamp, Let The Good Times Roll, was filmed in 2013 and much like LIVE!, found a home on PBS. Following the success of the second Special, Streetlamp found themselves on the road again—this time across the pond for a three-week tour in Belgium and the Netherlands. Back in the States, the band made an appearance on the Military Channel’s Wounded Warrior Telethon hosted by Alan Alda and Joe Mantello.
They were honored to open the 2014 season at the world-famous Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and played the renowned venue Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia. Streetlamp took their brand of retro music to Mexico, and spent time in the recording studio mentored by Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams and Marshall Thompson of the ChiLites. The next year was devoted to touring and generating new material. And in November of 2015, Streetlamp’s music from their holiday album Every Day’s a Holiday, premiered on Sirius XM Radio.
In the spring of 2016, Under the Streetlamp; Rockin’ Round The Clock was filmed, once again at the famed Star Plaza Theatre. PBS stations around the country and Canada are still airing Rockin’ Around the Clock today!
Also in 2016, Under the Streetlamp made their pops symphony debut with the Desert Symphony, in Palm Desert, California. Since that first symphony appearance, Streetlamp has had the pleasure of performing with some of the most well-known symphony orchestras in the country including the Utah Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Oklahoma City Symphony, and the world-famous Detroit Symphony, just to name a few. In the spring of 2016, the band began talks with MediaVision about collaborating on a new program for public television. This exciting two-part docuseries, Harmonies for Healing, centers on a singing competition in Northwest Indiana. Mentored by Under the Streetlamp, singers of all ages, genders, backgrounds and ethnicities battled for a chance to perform in concert with the retro quartet. Featuring all the amazing talent and drama of other music competition series’, the guys made sure to approach the contestants with kindness and inspiration, instead of criticism. This moving, musical event was built on the premise that music has a healing power that can be tapped into when faced with life’s ups and downs. The docuseries debuted on PBS stations around the country in 2017. Harmonies for Healing is still airing today.
The past several years have been especially eventful for Streetlamp, with the release of a new holiday album, Hip to the Holidays, plus memorable performances at the famed Milwaukee Summerfest Music Festival and with the world-renowned Nashville Symphony. In April 2019, the group released their latest studio album, Under the Streetlamp, The Hits: LIVE!, and made their New York City debut with an unforgettable performance at Sony Music Hall.
When the pandemic hit in 2020, like most artists, Streetlamp found themselves postponing their nationwide tour. The guys decided this was the year to put out their fourth PBS Pledge Special, Oh What a Night! The Best of Under the Streetlamp! The guys also held Zoom get-togethers with their fans and celebrated New Year’s Eve with Under the Streetlamp: Sing in the New Year, a virtual concert for fans. As 2021 began, Streetlamp held a virtual concert, Under the Streetlamp: Would You Be My Valentine. And when the summer rolled around, the guys were back on the road playing shows, getting fans back on their feet!
Now, it’s 2022 and that means 10 years have passed since Under the Streetlamp first aired on PBS stations around the country. Proving that once you are a member of Under the Streetlamp, you are always a member of Under the Streetlamp, past members are showing up to take the stage with some of the newest members! It isn’t unusual these days to see more than four guys singing and dancing on stage at any given time. This anniversary year will bring the guys together like never before….new material…new members…and new moves!
Streetlamp has been able to keep a fresh vibe with new twists along the way. The mission and objective has always remained very clear, to breathe new life into timeless songs in order to excite audiences and ensure everyone leaves a live concert with a smile or sings along when hearing their music on the radio, streaming or CD. With irresistible charm and rapport, of a modern-day Rat Pack, Under the Streetlamp proves why retro never sounded so now.