An All-American Rock and Roll Reunion Comes to The Mendel Center Mainstage

During the rock and roll British Invasion of the 1960s, two groups notably carried the American flag and dominated the charts with hit after hit. These incredible hit making machines are coming to southwest Michigan for a night of great music and great memories. Jay & the Americans and Gary Lewis & the Playboys will be at The Mendel Center Mainstage in Benton Harbor, Michigan, for one show only on Friday, September 22, 2017, at 8 pm.

With a staggering 18 charted hits and five Top 10 records, few bands ever reached the heights of JAY & THE AMERICANS. The group has been experiencing resurgence in their popularity after re-forming with three original members and returning to stages all over the country. “This Magic Moment,” “Only in America,” “Cara Mia,” “Come a Little Bit Closer,” “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Let’s Lock the Door,” “Walkin’ in the Rain,” and more will be faithfully re-created, accompanied by a live rhythm section and brass section.

GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS co-headline with equally impressive credentials of 8 gold singles, 4 gold albums, and a string of monster hits including “This Diamond Ring,” “She’s Just My Style,” “Count Me In,” “Everybody Loves a Clown,” and the list goes on. The band also made the transition to the silver screen, having appeared in several movies of the era. (It didn’t hurt that Gary’s father is comedy legend Jerry Lewis.)

Tickets for Jay & the Americans with Gary Lewis & the Playboys are on sale at, and through The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-8700, option 1, and in person weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm. Discounts are available for seniors, students and children, active military members, and veterans.

Gather your friends for a rock and roll reunion. Groups of 10 or more receive special discounts when orders are placed through The Mendel Center box office or online. Contact the box office about reserving private pre- and post-show party areas and transform your show experience into an informal class reunion, birthday party, a gathering of good friends, or other celebration.


About The Mendel Center Mainstage 

The 1,559-seat Mendel Center Mainstage Theatre offers state-of-the-art acoustics and comfortable seating in elegant surroundings. Amenities include free parking, handicap accessibility, and an array of special services including valet parking, catering and bar service for private pre- and post-show events, booster seats for children, assistive listening devices, non-spill cups for beverages inside the theatre, and premium seats in the Stage Side section.

The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). Its GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.

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