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May 9, 2013

Mahoney Brothers pay tribute to jukebox heroe

JOHNSTOWN — Tim Mahoney would never be offended if someone called him two-faced.

In fact, anyone attending the “Jukebox Heroes Live” performance will discover that he is a man of many faces.

The talented musician and singer, with his two brothers and a fourth performer, comprise the Mahoney Brothers, who will take the stage at

7:30 p.m. May 17 at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center in Richland Township.

Building on 10 years as one of the premier Beatles tribute acts in the world, the Mahoney Brothers decided in 1987 to expand their musical impersonation act to include many of their favorite early rock ’n’ roll influences. The result was “Jukebox Heroes Live.”

From Elvis to the Beatles, Willie Nelson to Neil Diamond and everything in between, the brothers encompass 50 years of musical magic in one exhilarating night.

“This a tribute show on steroids,” Mahoney said from his New Jersey office.

When asked if the show was reminiscent of the wide variety of acts who were crammed into one hour of “The Ed Sullivan Show” on TV, he laughed.

“Don’t be surprised if Ed doesn’t make a 30-second cameo appearance in Johns­town,” he said.

After their successful “Long Live The Beatles” production, the Mahoney Brothers diversified by initially adding a tribute to Elvis Presley.

“Elvis is always a winner,” Mahoney said. “While there are thousands of Elvis impersonators out there, there are only about five who should be doing it and my brother, Mike, is one of them.”

Tributes added to the show include The Beach Boys, Rick Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers.

“We spend countless hours working on our impersonations,” Mahoney said. “Our first priority is the vocals, followed by the music and then the visual.”

The Everly Brothers act has become a real crowd-pleaser.

“Maybe it’s so popular because we also are brothers and can duplicate the tight harmonies,” Mahoney said. “Or maybe people just don’t see too many tributes to the Everly Brothers and that’s why it’s such a hit with our audiences.”

The four front men, all musicians who play multiple instruments, will be backed by two other musicians on stage.

“We encourage audience inter­action right from the opening song,” Mahoney said. “If people know the words, they are welcome to sing along.”

The group has as many as 400 songs in its repertoire.

“I think we will do in the neighborhood of about 30 songs when we play Johnstown,” Mahoney said.

With all the attention Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” has gotten in regard to its being Boston’s unofficial anthem following the marathon bombings, Mahoney said it’s only natural that the song will be in the show.

“We did it recently at our show at Mount Carmel (North­um­berland County), and people stood up and sang along,” Mahoney said. “It was very emotional and inspiring.”

Multiple costume changes, including wigs and extensive makeup, bring the stars to life as the tributes progress.

“While we do a lot of stars and must make multiple costume changes, the show is deigned to be seamless,” Mahoney said. “While four of us may be performing, one or two may walk off stage and get ready to become the next jukebox hero.”

After more than 5,000 performances of their Las Vegas-style act all around the world, the Mahoney Brothers look forward to celebrating with audiences young and old.

Tickets are available from

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the box office or by calling 467-9070. Ticket prices are $28, $31 and $35.

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