The music of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band is coming to Altoona.
Matt Ryan & American Dream will perform "Bruce in the USA," a tribute show to the legendary rock band on the Mishler stage for one night only, Jan. 25.
"Bruce in the USA" started in Las Vegas about 10 years ago, and grew into a national touring act, said Ryan, who also played Bruce Springsteen in the Vegas show "Legends in Concert."
Matt Ryan, as Bruce Springsteen, and Dave McLaurin, as Clarence Clemons, perform in “Bruce in the USA.”
"It's kind of an inspiring character because you never really get bored," Ryan said. "We mix our set up a lot. We do about a two and a half hour show, and in that two-and-a-half hours from night to night, we can really switch it up; we're constantly learning new music, new tunes. So it's kind of an endless library of very, very well-written songs, and so from a musician's perspective, it's not only challenging but it's also interesting. It's not like a lot of other artists. These songs are deep."
"Bruce in the USA" is presented by P&J Productions, the professional production and entertainment company of Neil Port and Will Jones.
"They sound and look like Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band when Bruce was in his prime, at like 35. They're actually incredible, and if people go to P&J's Facebook page or just go on YouTube and type in 'Bruce in the USA,' they'll see just how incredible these guys absolutely are," Jones said. "These guys are professional entertainers. These musicians have played on studio albums with famous recording artists. These guys, they're top notch."
If you go
What: Matt Ryan & American Dream's "Bruce in the USA"
When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25
Where: Mishler Theatre, Altoona
Tickets: $25, includes box office handling fee. Tickets are available through the Mishler box office at 944-9434 or www.mishlertheatre.org.
The musical backgrounds of the American Dream band members include playing with such well-known artists as Queen + Paul Rodgers, the Ojays and Aretha Franklin, Ryan said.
They "are very decorated and not kids," and "because of this kind of music, we're able to really dig in and enjoy playing," he said.
For those involved in the tribute show, "a bit of a labor of love" took place "only because of these great songs," Ryan said.
The love isn't just on stage either.
"And that was another thing, our audiences are just so positive, we can get 1,500 people drunk and we don't need security, everybody is hugging and high fiving and singing along. It's like, we're in a positive environment so there are a lot of things that really don't have anything to do with us, but have everything to do with this character and these songs that seem to bring out the best in people."
On the Net: www.bruceintheusa.com
Mirror Staff Writer Amanda Gabeletto is at 949-7030.