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    Sunday, April 14, 2024

    The Kate welcomes Pure Prairie League

    Pure Prairie League (submitted)

    I’m not suggesting that some of the rock acts from the 1970s are getting too old to tour, although very few of them still have many original members. If they wanna play and can still bring it — why not? We love these songs!

    Still, it’s a bit eerie to see some of the newer clauses among the expected demands in the backstage hospitality riders for these groups. An excerpt:

    ∎ 12 bottles Amstel Light beer

    ∎ 12 bottles Aquafina water

    ∎ Enough white and wheat bread, sliced turkey, ham and roast beef to make sandwiches for 12 people

    ∎ 1 Batesville Primrose Blonde steel casket

    ∎ 1 EMT team

    ∎ 1 mimeographed copy of a nondenominational Prayer for the Dead

    ∎ 2 pints Ben & Jerry’s Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream

    In any case, here and on other pages in this week’s Night & Day guide, you’ll see bets for several “legacy acts” coming through the area. Friday, for example, country rock pioneers Pure Prairie League return to The Kate in Old Saybrook. Multi-instrumentalist John David Call is the remaining founding musician, but he’s surrounded with superb players devoted to the band’s legend — so when you hear “Two Lane Highway” or “Amie” or “Let Me Love You Tonight,” it’s going to sound just as you remembered. Back when the world was young.

    Pure Prairie League, 8 p.m. Friday, Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook; $73; thekate.org, (860) 510-0453.

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