As we reflect on the rich history of pop culture, it’s crucial to acknowledge the icons who contributed to its growth. Micky Dolenz, a versatile musician, actor, and TV producer, is one such icon, with a career spanning more than six decades. Dolenz’s participation in the upcoming MusicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza highlights his enduring appeal and the continuing fascination with the Monkees’ legacy.
The Boxboro Regency Hotel in Boxborough, Massachusetts, will host a celebration of music and pop culture from June 30 to July 2, 2023. The MusicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza offers a weekend of movie and TV car displays, concerts, celebrity appearances, and more. Among the event’s key attractions is Micky Dolenz, the last remaining member of the iconic pop-rock band, the Monkees. Fans can anticipate autograph signings, selfie opportunities (for a fee), and interactions with Dolenz, making it a memorable experience for all.
Dolenz’s illustrious career took off in the mid-1960s when he joined the Monkees, a band created for the eponymous TV series. The show, broadcast from 1966 to 1968, propelled Dolenz and his bandmates – Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork – to stardom. Their memorable hits like “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m a Believer,” and “Daydream Believer” secured the Monkees’ place in music history.
Beyond his time with the Monkees, Dolenz pursued a solo music career, releasing albums such as “Micky Dolenz Puts You to Sleep” (1991) and “Remember” (2012). He also voiced various animated series and transitioned into TV direction and production, demonstrating his adaptability in a dynamic industry.
Although the Monkees disbanded, they reunited multiple times, with their 1986 reunion sparking renewed interest in their music. The band continued to tour and record, releasing their latest album, “Good Times!” in 2016. Unfortunately, with the passing of Davy Jones in 2012, Peter Tork in 2019, and Michael Nesmith in 2021, Dolenz is the sole surviving original member.
The MusicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza will feature diverse attractions, from vintage cars to panels, presentations, and live music concerts. The Monkees custom Pontiac GTO, the Monkeemobile, will be on hand for photo ops! Other celebrity guests include Butch Patrick, who played “Eddie Munster” on “The Munsters,” and Richie Ramone, a former member of the punk band the Ramones. More guest announcements are expected on the event website, www.NEComicCons.com.
With daily and weekend passes available, attendees can enjoy various activities, including browsing vendors selling records, musical instruments, memorabilia, autographs, posters, books, and pop culture collectibles, as well as attending concert after-parties on Friday and Saturday nights. For those eager to maximize their experience, special early buyer access will be available at 9:00 am on Saturday and Sunday.
The event begins on Friday, June 30th, with a VIP preview at 3:00 pm, followed by vendor hours from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. On Saturday, doors open at 10:00 am, and the festivities continue until 6:00 pm. Finally, on Sunday, the event resumes at 10:00 am and concludes at 5:00 pm. Detailed schedules for celebrity guest appearances, concerts, photo ops, autograph sessions, panels, and presentations will be posted online!