2002-07-13 / Columnists

Notes From The High C’s

By Sharon Gabriel
Rockaway Music and Arts Council

A special "Thank You" to our own Grace McCloskey for bringing "Cherish The Ladies" to the RMAC Summer Picnic Concerts last Sunday evening. Approximately 1500 people enjoyed the "Ladies" and their dancers who entertained for almost three hours. Their singing, their musicianship and dancing made for a fabulous evening.

Grace had promised that she would go all out with her friends and neighbors to be sure there was a great turnout and she kept her word. Besides which, she was instrumental, actually she was a ‘one man band’ in presenting the artists, obtaining the raffle prizes and creating a wonderful atmosphere at the concert.

Because of all the prizes that Grace obtained we had all we could do to keep up with the request for raffle tickets and I would like to thank Lew Simon and his crew for covering such a large crowd and selling so many tickets. The prizes were wonderful and on behalf of the RMAC I would like to thank everyone who was so generous in providing them. In addition I would like to thank our two very special "junior RMAC members" who picked the lucky tickets, David Lefkowitz and Jonathan Gliboff. Two darling young boys who had a wonderful time in choosing the winners.

A big thank you also to our members who provide the coffee and cookies, etc.; Fern Liberman, Sally Gwirtzman, Toni Ann Geraci and Mary Ogonah who work so hard each week.

This Sunday, July 14th at 6 p.m., Kenny Vance and The Plantones will be providing another fantastic concert. Kenny lives right here in Rockaway, and he and the group recently appeared in a film Looking For An Echo, which I know he will tell you more about on Sunday. For more information about the group look for the full-length article in this issue of The Wave, and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

The Sunday’s concert is the Second Annual Leon Locke Memorial Concert. Leon, the publisher of The Wave for many years, was instrumental in bringing Doo Wop music back to Rockaway and to the RMAC venue.

We go from doo-wop to Cuban when on Sunday, July 21 at 6 p.m. we present The Enrique Lopez Latin Ensemble. With their Cuban rhythms that remind you of the "Buena Vista Social Club" we invite you to dance along with the music. The group is one of New York City’s top folkloric Latin ensembles and performs regularly at Club Macanudo. For over sixty years New York has been a mecca for Latin musicians coming out of the Caribbean and their different rhythms have given birth to Salsa and Latin Jazz styles that could not have developed independently on the islands.

The group consists of leader and musical director, Enrique Lopez who plays the Tres guitar, Victor Sanchez the upright "Baby" Bass, with Roberto Pitre on flute and Emedin Rivera and Nestor Villa, two of the finest percussionists in New York today, playing the Conga and Bongo drums. Jesus Alvarez and Deborah Aviles will add to the evening with their singing of Cuban countryside and traditional Cuban music.

This is the first time The Enrique Lopez Latin Ensemble has appeared in Rockaway and we are sure you will enjoy them.

See you all this Sunday for Kenny Vance and The Planotones.

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