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The Hit Men former stars of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

The Hit Men, booked by Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency

Bring their concert tour to Washington DC this Sunday, May 31st!

The Hit Men 202-369-1063Mark Sonder, Chief Entertainment Officer at Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency, is delighted to be working with Gerry Polci and Lee Shapiro. They may not be household names but back in the 70’s, you bought all of their records. You heard them on the radio. Saw them on TV. Went to their concerts. So who are they? They’re the former stars of the hit-making factory known as Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

These guys toured the world with Frankie. Recorded numerous hit albums with him. And sang the lead vocals on songs like “Oh What a Night” – the biggest Seasons hit of all time. When they met in 1973, they were two boys from New Jersey barely out of their teens, and the Four Seasons hadn’t had a charted hit record in years. Along with Valli and songwriter/ producer Bob Gaudio, Gerry Polci and Lee Shapiro successfully transitioned the group’s sound from ‘60s doo-wop to ‘70s pop with mega-hit songs like “Who Loves You” and “Oh What a Night”.

Spurred by the runaway success of “Jersey Boys”, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical based on the Four Seasons’ career, these former Seasons, who are now in their late 50s and early 60s, decided to re-unite — along with an A-list group of musicians who wrote, recorded and performed with Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, Elton John, Jim Croce, Chicago, Luther Vandross, The Ramones, Carole King, and other mega-star acts of the era — and give touring one more shot. They now call themselves The Hit Men, and their next tour stop will be at The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club in Bethesda, MD (just outside of Washington DC), for one show only at 7:30pm this Sunday, May 31st.

Their show is an amazing look back through rock and roll history, including fascinating back stories of what it was like being on the road and in the recording studios with Frankie, Tommy, Carly, Cat, Jim and Elton. And, of course, there are all those amazing hits…with The Hit Men performing great songs from the Four Seasons songbook (from “Rag Doll”, “Dawn”, and “Walk Like a Man”, to “Can’t Take My Eyes Of You”, “Marianne” and “Sherry”), plus other mega hits that members of The Hit Men helped make famous back in the day such as Cat Stevens’ “Peace Train”, Jim Croce’s “Leroy Brown”, Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” and Tommy James’ “Mony Mony”.

Says music director and former Four Seasons member Lee Shapiro, “This show is a chance for everyone to relive the glory days of rock and roll with a great group of guys who actually lived and breathed the experience. You’ll walk out of the theatre exhilarated, excited and wanting more. We guarantee it.”

Tickets for The Hit Men in concert are on sale now at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club box office. Call 240-330-4500 or go to before they sell out.

The Hit Men, from left, and a very partial list of credits include: Jimmy Ryan (Carly Simon, Elton John, Jim Croce, Paul McCartney); Russ Velazquez (The Ramones, LL Cool J, Chicago); Lee Shapiro (Four Seasons, Barry Manilow, The Shondells); Larry Gates (Bon Jovi, Carole King, Phoebe Snow ); Gerry Polci (Barry Manilow, Four Seasons and lead vocalist on “Oh What a Night”)

Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency 202-369-1063About Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency:

Created in 1985 to fill a growing need for music, entertainment, speakers, headline entertainers and supportive production in corporate and association meetings, conventions and special events plus facilities, casinos and concerts, the company in its 30 years, has worked in the US, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, South America, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Contact: +1-540-636-1640 or msonder(at)marksonderproductions(dot)com

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Special Events Institute Appoints Mark Sonder


The Special Events Institute Welcomes To Its Faculty

Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP

SEIlogoThe Special Events Institute (SEI) is pleased to welcome industry leader Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP of Mark Sonder Productions, an award-winning worldwide entertainment agency, to its faculty beginning with this term. Mark will be instructor and course contributor of the Event Marketing course, which is one of the essential program elements of the five-course Certificate Program.

“We are pleased to have Mark join us,” said Jill Moran, CSEP, founder and executive director of SEI. “Mark has made a huge impact on the industry creating a successful entertainment company, a premier NYC-based Destination Management Company and sharing his wealth of information through his book, Event Entertainment and Production. He has already provided a new and innovative perspective to our program by sharing his expertise in events and business management and we look forward to his tenure with us at SEI and the impact he will make on our students,” continued Moran.

Mark Sonder 202-369-1063Sonder serves as a mentor to professionals enrolled in the program and helps guide them through the eight-topic course, which covers the impact of marketing on the event management process. Sonder was named “Meeting Industry Guru” by Successful Meetings and Meeting News Magazine and has lectured worldwide. He has also contributed to the programs at Harrah’s Hotel School at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and Master of Tourism Administration at The George Washington University.

“I applaud a higher education organization like The Special Events Institute for their role in instructing the meeting and event planners of tomorrow and they honor me by their appointment to their faculty,” said Sonder upon learning of the invitation to instruct at SEI.

Contact Information for the Special Events Institute
Jill S. Moran, CSEP
Executive Director

Special Events Institute
671 Main Street
Medfield, MA 02052
Ph: 508-359-7778 Fx: 508-359-7808

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