In case you haven't heard, a Monkees convention in honor of Davy will be held at the Sheraton Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey on March 1-3, 2013. This is the first Monkees convention on the East Coast since The Monkees' resurgence in the '80s. A website for the David T. Jones Memorial Monkees Convention went live a couple of weeks ago, and tickets are available now. Micky and Peter are both scheduled to appear, along with other guests, including numerous memorabilia dealers and displays. Courtesy of Brad Waddell over at monkees.net, here are some more details:
Dear Fellow Monkees Fans and Friends,
Join fellow fans from all over the world to mark the one-year anniversary of Davy Jones' passing with a celebration of the former teen idol's life, and his band, at the The David T. Jones Memorial Monkees Convention, March 1-3, 2013 at The Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, 2 Meadowlands Plaza, East Rutherford, New Jersey. Tickets are now on sale at: http://monkeeconvention.com/tickets.html
There will be live concert performances, special guest interviews, autograph and photo opportunities, question and answer sessions; a mammoth Monkees music & memorabilia marketplace and rock & roll flea market, art, exhibits, film and video showings, the "David T. Jones Message of Hope" book project, plus much more.
Headlining the memorial convention are former Monkees Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork. Other Special Guests of Honor includes actor Christopher Knight, who played Peter Brady in the Brady Bunch, on which Davy Jones appeared, plus other Brady Bunch actors; TV personality Butch Patrick, who is best known as Eddie Munster from "The Munsters" - Butch appeared in one of the Monkees' TV episodes; singer Ron Dante, who was the lead singer in the Archies and was one of Davy Jones' record producers; singer Gary DeCarlo who was the lead singer in the band Steam ("Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye") and appeared with Davy Jones on Davy's last PBS TV concert appearance; actresses Donna Loren and Arlene Martel, who each appeared in Monkees television episodes; and world famous rock & roll artist Shannon, known for her "7 Faces of Beatles" collection will be introducing her "7 Faces of Davy" collection specifically for this event. Other guests are being added.
Performing live over the three-day extravaganza will be members of Davy Jones' touring band along with popular Monkees tribute bands including "The Characters," who played many of the Monkees Conventions through the years and also backed up Micky, Davy and Peter; "The Blue Meanies," who performed at a Davy Jones tribute at NY's BB Kings club; and "Loose Salute" who specialize in Mike Nesmith songs. The very rare Monkeemobile will also be on display.
The David T. Jones Memorial Monkees Convention is being presented with the blessings of Davy's family, and funds will be raised to support the former Monkees' favorite charity, The Davy Jones Equine Memorial Fund. Jones was an avid horseman and this charity ensures the continuing care of the horses he so loved.
This event is open to all ages, and the hotel is offering special reduced convention rates for guests wishing to stay overnight. Join fellow fans and music lovers from all over the country and overseas as they take the Last Train To Clarksville (actually the Meadowlands) to be a Believer! The weekend guarantees fun-filled activities and attractions with Music, Memories, Monkees and much more.
The David T. Jones Memorial Monkees Convention is produced by Phyllis Paganucci of Then & Now Events in association with Charles F. Rosenay's Liverpool Productions. Davy, Micky and Peter were all the special guests at the very last national Monkees Convention produced on the East Coast in 1987, and this production team has reunited after twenty-five years to bring fans the ultimate celebration possible in memory of Davy Jones.
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