ROCK ISLAND — Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse has announced Simply Diamond, a Neil Diamond Tribute, will perform at 1 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. July 10.
Brian La Blanc, a singer and songwriter from New York City, has been performing both solo and with different bands over the past 30 years.
For the past two years, following the advice of Paul Shaffer of the Late Show with David Letterman, La Blanc embarked on a new musical venture, the Neil Diamond tribute band, Simply Diamond.
Praise for La Blanc’s performances include Shaffer, “I’ve seen four of the biggest Neil Diamond tribute acts, and this guy (La Blanc) blows them all away.” Joey Reynolds, who worked with Diamond at Bang Records, said, “I can’t tell the difference between Brian and Neil. If I closed my eyes I’d swear that Neil is here with me in the room.”
La Blanc started his career working with Rupert Holmes, a prominent writer, composer, lyricist, arranger and Tony award-winning playwright. He recorded an album with his brother in the early 1980s, produced by Felix Cavaliere from The Young Rascals.
Some of the projects La Blanc has worked on involved Toto lead-singer Bobby Kimball and legendary singer Ronnie Spector. He has performed at many well-known venues in New York City and across the country including a television appearance on the original Star Search. Brian and his band have also opened up for many national touring acts, including Grammy winners, The Blind Boys of Alabama and Survivor.
Circa ‘21 will present a matinee and evening performance July 10. The doors for the matinee open at 11:45 a.m. with a plated lunch served from 12 to 12:45 p.m. and the show begins at 1 p.m. The doors for the evening performance open at 5:45 p.m. with the five-entree buffet open from 6 to 7 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:15 p.m. Tickets for the matinee are $44.76 per person and $50.42 per person for the evening show. To reserve tickets, call the Circa ‘21 box office at 309-786-7733, ext. 2, or visit the box office at 1828 Third Ave., Rock Island.