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126 Star Starred
Regent Theatre
at Massachusetts Ave. 7 Medford Street Arlington, MA 02474
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Carpenters Tribute Concert "Closer To You"
32 ratings
4.2 average rating
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38 events
7 reviews
6 stars
attended Jul 20 2012

What a wonderful evening! Judy Pancoast's Karen Carpenter tribute was marvelous, her passion for the Carpenters (especially her little anecdotes of meeting them) was infectious, and her band (especially her keyboard playing music director) was...continued

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Karen and Ken Red Velvet
34 events
4 reviews
17 stars
attended Feb 10 2012

Good show. Judy really made it very personal.

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lulu belle
107 events
70 reviews
16 stars
attended Feb 10 2012

The show was wonderful; in addition to her singing, Judy had interesting stories to tell. An overall great show.

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“[Judy’s] velvety voice, phrasing and conversational delivery of a song are all products of years spent listening to the timeless recordings of the Carpenters. Her passion and joy for the material make Judy the perfect vocalist to pay tribute.” —Randy Schmidt (author, Little Girl Blue: the Life of Karen Carpenter)


2011 Grammy nominated vocalist Judy Pancoast and Musical Director Michael Pierce present Closer to You A Live Tribute to The Carpenters. The Historic Regent Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts will provide the perfect setting for celebrating the timeless love songs of The Carpenters, including such classics as “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “I Won’t Last a Day Without You” and, of course, “Close to You.” Pancoast was just 11 years old when her older sister told her about a song she’d heard on the radio, and said that the girl singing it sounded “just like you.”  That was the summer of 1970, and when Judy finally heard “(They Long to Be) Close to You” it was the beginning of a childhood adulation that would last well into her adult years.  She spent her adolescent and teen years listening nearly nonstop to the music of the brother and sister duo who called themselves “The Carpenters,” and she became one of the charter members of their fan club at age 12. Judy’s natural rich alto voice blended well with Karen’s, and she spent countless hours in front of a mirror with a hair brush “microphone” mimicking her idol’s voice.  Later, while a music major at the University of Maine, she was advised to “stop trying to sound like Karen Carpenter,” but although she managed finally to all but erase the traces of Karen’s styling, the influence had already had its impact.

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