By Jesse Bertel

Relive the acoustic music and vocal harmonies of Peter, Paul and Mary when MacDougal Street West performs the songs that changed the world and are still relevant today at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at the Elks Theatre, 117 E. Gurley St., Prescott.

The band’s members — singer Mary Alberts, singer/guitarist Rick Shore, singer/guitarist Paul Auer and bassist Bill Rice — embody the roles of the original Peter, Paul and Mary band for this tribute performance while adding a touch of their own unique interpretations.

“Sometimes we have to adjust the vocals for whose voices are the best for the guys in particular songs, but yeah, we kind of stick to the roles,” Alberts said. “Some songs we do pretty much exactly the way they did because we love the arrangements and a few times the guys will add a little bit of their own flair.”

It was 61 years ago this year when Peter, Paul and Mary’s first album became a blockbuster hit. No American folk group lasted longer or amassed a more loyal following.

“We always try to do the most iconic songs that everybody knows and they expect to hear at every concert but Peter, Paul and Mary were together almost 50 years, so they have a huge amount of material to choose from,” Alberts said. “This show, we’re actually adding three songs that we have not done with this particular group since this Paul’s been on.”

MacDougal Street West is the country’s most sought-after Peter, Paul and Mary experience. They were even recognized by two of the original band members as a faithful interpretation.

“We were performing in a small coffeehouse in Tucson called Woodsongs and the guy who runs that has been in communication directly with Noel Paul Stookey, who was Paul, his first name is really Noel but he went by Paul. When he was writing to him he says, ‘Hey, I’ve got a Peter, Paul and Mary tribute coming.’ So Noel Paul Stookey actually went online and listened to some of our music. When he told me that, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m nervous now that he wrote this really nice compliment.’”

Stookey wrote the following compliment for the band in March 2022: “Caught a little of the West Village group, MacDougal Street West — kinda spooky honestly, hearing those vocal parts rendered so faithfully. Thanks for sharing P,P&M’s legacy of music.”

Peter Yarrow also expressed his appreciation for the tribute band. “Peter told our guy Rick, who pretty much plays his part, he said, ‘I want to thank you for keeping our music alive,’’’ Alberts said.

To find out more about MacDougal Street West, visit macdougalstreetwest.com.

For tickets and more information, call 928-777-1370, or visit www.prescottelkstheatre.org.

Jesse Bertel is a reporter/videographer for the Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter @ JesseBertel, email him at jbertel@prescottaz.com, or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2043.

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