Hal Blaine’s 90th Birthday Bash!

A collaboration of MIFA Victory Theatre, Mr. John Kane, Holyoke Community College: Community College Public Humanities Center, and Mass Humanities.

Date: February 27, 2019, at 7:00PM

Venue: Leslie Phillips Theater (FORUM) - Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA

Tickets: This event is free, Reservations Required.


Birthday Celebration for Holyoke’s own legendary drummer Hal Blaine in a showing of the 2015 American documentary film The Wrecking Crew!

Music lovers will be astonished at the influence The Wrecking Crew wielded over rock and pop music in the 1960s and early 1970s. These unsung instrumentalists were the de-facto backing band on hit records by The Beach Boys, Phil Spector, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, Elvis, The Monkees, and many more. These dedicated musicians brought the flair and musicianship that made the American “West Coast Sound” a dominant cultural force around the world…www.magpictures.com

Rated PG

Film running time: 101 minutes (1hr 41mins)

Copyright Licensing by SWANK Motion Pictures, INC.


About Holyoke’s own Hal Blaine: Hal Blaine may well be the most prolific drummer in rock and roll history. He has certainly played on more hit records than any drummer in the rock era, including forty Number One singles and one hundred fifty that made the Top Ten. Eight of the records he played on won Grammys for Record of the Year. Blaine, who was born Harold Simon Belsky on February 5, 1929, in Holyoke, MA, became a professional drummer in 1948 and joined teen idol Tommy Sands’ band in the late Fifties. He was the most in-demand session drummer in Los Angeles during the Sixties and early Seventies, and a list of musicians he played with reads like a who’s who of popular music…www.rockhall.com


Join us after the film for cake and conversation! Enjoy live music by Robert Ferrier & his HCC Student Combo. Robert is Professor and Coordinator of Jazz Studies at HCC and Adjunct Faculty of Jazz Studies, Jazz Guitar at UMass Amherst.

~ Exclusive Hal Blaine T-shirts will be available for purchase! ~

$1.00 Raffle Tickets for your chance to win a $20 gift card to 110 Grill Restaurant.