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Last Waltz in Poway

Thirty-two well-known local artists recreate one famous night of classic rock and folk tunes.

By Melissa Phy

Last Waltz in Poway

Poway Center for the Performing Arts

Poway Center for the Performing Arts

Get set to relive the ‘70s—when bell-bottoms were de rigueur, hair was long, and the music was “far out.” The Last Waltz, a Martin Scorcese-directed documentary on the ’70s rock group The Band, will be translated to the stage on November 16 at the Poway Center for Performing Arts. Local acts will perform hits like “The Weight” and “Georgia On My Mind.”

“This is a show that we’ve been waiting for years for the right venue to come along to be able to do it—this is the perfect place,” says singer Jeff Berkley of the folk duo Berkley Hart, who’s hosting the night with singing partner Calman Hart.

Following a sold-out success last year with O Berkley Where Hart Thou?, a number of acts will be at the performance that takes a variety-show approach on a legendary concert.

Expected performers of the night include the Black Crowes’ Marc Ford, singer-songwriter Gregory Page, and former Johnny Cash band member “Cactus” Jim Soldi, now a part of Back to the Garden.

“It’s a fantastic concert: 32 different musicians in a variety format,” says the performing arts center’s executive director, Michael Rennie.

Rennie, a fan of the classic rock tunes that will resonate throughout the intimate theater during the show, called the effort to bring The Last Waltz to Poway a “labor of passion.”

“We’re a very intimate theater,” Rennie explains. “No seat is more than 70 feet from the stage.”

Sounds like the perfect distance for an intimate last waltz.

The Last Waltz’ sole performance is at 8 p.m. on November 16 at the Poway Center for Performing Arts. The lobby opens at 6 p.m. for a pre-show. Tickets range from $22 to $42 and can be purchased at

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