Vision 4 Moore presents the first of THREE concerts in the 2022 Cooper Ford Concert Series! THE NATION'S MOST AUTHENTIC BILLY JOEL TRIBUTE - THE STRANGER featuring Mike Santoro. Our non-profit partner for this event is Meals on Wheels of the Sandhills - thank you for supporting our community!
Mike’s obsession with accuracy, tonality and faithfully recreating the sound of every Billy Joel song as it’s heard on the record is what has helped drive the band to the national level it has reached.
“Every song Billy has ever written is loaded with his own homage to the artists and bands he admired growing up and you clearly hear it in his vocal recordings. From Ray Charles, Lennon and McCartney to The Stones to Frankie Valli to The Righteous Brothers and so many others. What you’re hearing in Billy’s entire catalog is the evolution an artist who began as a classically trained pianist at the age of 3, and then in his early teens suddenly the Beatles happen. Talk about a perfect storm! I feel it’s just as important to capture that kind of energy and sound but with soulfulness, and as close as possible to the way Billy did it - yet without overdoing it”.
Coupled with the raw energy of a live show, his drive to perform is all born from his appreciation for every fellow Billy Joel fan that comes out to see The Stranger and joins in celebrating his music. Mike has said “its like a communal experience, me and the band on the stage are just part of a big family having a party. I’m really fortunate to have been afforded the opportunity to have this “job”, and being backed by what’s often been called “‘one of the best live bands out there, bar none’”.
In the words of Billy Joel himself to Mike after their meeting and talk together, “Thank you for keeping my music alive”.
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Join the fun outside at COOPER FORD (located 10 minutes from the Pinehurst traffic circle) in Carthage. This outdoor event will be held rain or shine - no refunds will be issued. Bring your chairs, beer/wine sales and the Meat and Greek and Wildfire Pizza Food Trucks will be on-site. No outside food/beverage/coolers permitted and no pets please. A valid form of ID IS REQUIRED to purchase alcohol - no exceptions.
Gates open at 6:00 pm ~ show starts 7:00 pm - Moore County's own Julia Golden opens the show!
Tickets $27 in advance ~ $32 at door ~ $12 Students (13-17 with ID) ~ 12 & under FREE