2003-06-27 / Columnists

Notes from the High C’s

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
by Sharon Gabriel
Notes from the High C’s Rockaway Music and Arts Council by Sharon Gabriel

Ready to kick up your heels? Make sure they’re western boots as you join the crowd for dancin’ this Sunday evening, June 29, 6 p.m. at Fort Tilden. That’s the time for our first Sunset Picnic Concert of the season.

Our entertainers are The Roadhouse Band, which has become one of the Tri-States’ busiest country bands. The have been called "Long Island’s very own hot country band," and they play the old country classics to today’s newest hits.

In addition to listening to them, don’t worry if you have two feet, they will have a caller and instructions will be given to make the dancing fun.

The Roadhouse Band consists of five musicians. Cindy Succoso is the lead singer and plays the guitar. These five musicians come from varied backgrounds, but how do five people who come from Queens and Long Island end up as a country band? Each of them is very special.

Cindy is a life-long resident of Long Island where she writes, records, and performs with her local church ensemble when not with the band. She can sing rock and pop and blues as well as country and plays the harmonica and percussions as well as the guitar.

Joe has spent many years with rock bands and is a veteran of country bands from his days in the service in the Deep South.

A graphic artist from East Meadow, Steve is a highly experienced lead guitarist and knows just about everything there is to know about 70’s rock, country rock, and heavy metal. From a rock and roll background, he decided to "go country" after meeting other members of "The Roadhouse Band." Vic is an attorney and a talk show host on WGBB. He is from Valley Stream. He is a die-hard country fan, but in the beginning he couldn’t find anyone else who was interested so he was the vocalist and played in party bands. When not on stage he is with the dancers and having a blast. Vic has several programs on WGBB, 1240 AM. "Labor Lines" about working people and the organizations that represent them and "Disability Forum" about people with disabilities who enhance the lives of those around them. He is also known as "Swing City Sam" where he plays the best new swing music every Sunday at 8 p.m.

Mike, a Bell Atlantic manager from Richmond Hill, and Vic, have been playing together in bands since 1963 when they were in high school. They played everything from The Beach Boys to heavy metal. While he admits that his first love is jazz-rock groups such as "Blood, Sweat and Tears," he became interested in country from his wife and he admits, "going country" was a big step.

As you can see, these five musicians have fantastic backgrounds and they are going to have you hand clapping and foot stomping from the minute you sit down. Just remember your right foot from your lefty and you will have no trouble with the dancing.

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