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Phil Barone and The Cruisers to perform Doors music

By Norwalk Reflector staff • May 14, 2019 at 6:00 PM

SANDUSKY — Phil Barone, an area entrepreneur, is teaming up with The Cruisers for a special collaboration and Jim Morrison tribute concert June 8 at the Sandusky State Theatre.

Relive the sights and sounds of the psychedelic rock band The Doors with Phil Barone and The Cruisers. Barone is the owner of Rosie’s Italian Grille, Rosie’s The Rolling Chefs and president of the Toledo Food Truck Association

This unique tribute features nine talented local musicians, consisting of Pat McDonagh on lead guitar, Pistol Pete Robinson on drums, Mikey Blue Barone on harp, Mike Perzynski on bass, Zane Babylon on keyboard and Barone as Morrison. There also will be an accomplished horn section led by John Grafing on trumpet, Melanie Case on trombone and Bob Manley on saxophone.

Guests can expect to hear many of the greatest hits by The Doors and a few tunes only true fans will know. Lights and special effects will be provided by the Wet Sun Light Show.

The Doors — and Morrison — were known for their live performances that were energetic and even unpredictable. Barone brings Morrison back from the dessert with his charismatic reenactment of Morrison through music and personality.

“When I put on the leather pants, snakeskin boots, the belt buckles and the poet’s shirt, I go into the Lizard King world,” Barone said.

The festivities will take place June 8 at the Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. The tribute concert will begin at 8 p.m. and include an opening act by singer/songwriter Mikey Blue performing his original blues compositions.

Proceeds for the concert will benefit the Sandusky Children’s Museum. The interactive, science-based children’s museum is based in downtown.

“It’s a win-win situation. That’s a cool thing; we give the money to charity and we get to entertain people,” Barone said.

Tickets are available for purchase at www.sanduskystate.com. For more information, contact Phil Barone or the Sandusky State Theatre.

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