2004-09-03 / Community

Davy Jones and The Buckinghams,

September 11


Davy Jones, The Buckinghams, The Grass Roots starring Rob Grill, and The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie will appear at Westbury Music Fair on Saturday, September 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and are available at Westbury Music Fair’s box office, select Ticketmaster locations and online at CC.com and musicfair.com.

Davy Jones, the heartthrob of the TV phenom group “The Monkees” will perform his chart busting hits, which include “Daydream Believer,” “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You,” and “Valleri.” Jones’ career began at the age of eleven, when he appeared on the soap opera Coronation Street . He was offered a contract with Columbia Pictures, and soon landed a role on a new television series called “ The Monkees.” In 1966, The Monkees won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Series. Since the end of the show, he has appeared in numerous theatre productions, including The Boyfriend , and Godspell. Davy Jones continues to wow audiences with his solo concerts and numerous television appearances.

Rob Grill, lead vocalist of The Grass Roots, was one of the most listened to voices on radio from the 1960’s to 1970’s. The Grass Roots have an impressive past; in the entire history of Rock n’ Roll, only 9 bands (including the Beatles) have had more Billboard top 100 hits than them. They also set a record for being on the charts for 307 weeks straight! The Grass Roots also hold the record for all-time attendance for one act, a concert of 600,000 people on July 4, 1982 in Washington D.C.

The Buckinghams, named “The Most Listened To Band In America” in 1967, recorded their first song in 1966 on USA Records after landing a spot on a local teen showcase. Since then, they have evolved to remain one of today’s most popular acts. The appeal of their music, and the consistently high level of performance have earned the band rave reviews and a loyal following throughout the country. They recently have appeared on Entertainment Tonight, The Nashville Network’s Classic Rock With Wolfman Jack, PM Magazine, and numerous national, local, and cable television shows.

The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie first formed in 1962 when the two were merely students at Westchester High School. Between 1965 and 1970, The Turtles went on to score numerous top 20 records, including their signature song “Happy Together.” The Turtles were the first rock band to ever play at the White House—during the Nixon years. The Turtles took a break from touring in1972, but resumed again in 1983, only to attract audiences from every conceivable age group. They have recently been seen on MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, and the Today Show.

Brian Regan,

September 18

Comedian Brian Regan will appear at Westbury Music Fair on Saturday, September 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 and are available at Westbury Music Fair’s box office, select Ticketmaster locations and online at CC.com and musicfair.com.

Brian Regan’s dream of becoming a comedian began at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, where he was a student in the communication and arts department. He started performing at a small comedy club in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, an hour’s drive from his hometown of Miami. His journey kicked into high gear when he won $10,000 in the K-Rock‚ Miller Lite Funniest Person in New York contest in 1988, and then went on to appear on shows such as MTV’s comedy hour, and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Brian has had his own specials on Comedy Central and Showtime. He is a regular guest on Conan O’ Brien, and the Late Show with David Letterman. Regan won two American Comedy awards for Best Club Comedian. He has opened for comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld. One of the most appealing things about Regan is his constantly changing act; his fans know that at each of his shows they are in for a treat, and are prepared for whatever Brian may have in store for them.

Anthony Hamilton,

Angie Stone,

September 24

R&B crooner Anthony Hamilton and singer-songwriter Angie Stone will perform at Westbury Music Fair on Friday, September 24th at 8 pm. Tickets are $40 and are available at Westbury Music Fair’s box office, select Ticketmaster locations and online at CC.com and musicfair.com.

Anthony Hamilton has a talent that not many singers today have. Along his beautiful voice and equally beautiful songwriting, Hamilton has the ability to front a band. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Hamilton moved to New York where he signed with Uptown Records. After Uptown’s demise, he relocated to MCA. After touring the world with D’Angelo, Hamilton finally got his big break when he was tapped to sing the catchy chorus on “Po’ Folks,” the lead single from Nappy Roots’ debut album, Watermelon, Chicken and Gritz. After meeting with Jermaine Dupri, Hamilton was signed to So So Def records. His album Comin’ From Where I’m From is one of the few that captures the essence of soul’s golden age in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.

Very few artists can claim to be a successful singer, songwriter, actress, and producer. One of the few who can is Angie Stone , who recently completed a run as Big Mama in Broadway’s Chicago . Beginning her career in the rap trio “Sequence,” she went on to play saxophone in Lenny Kravitz’s band, and write songs with D’Angelo. She has also been featured on the Brown Sugar movie soundtrack. Stone had the number one single, “No More Rain,” on her debut album. Her new album Stone Love is an attempt to prove that it takes a lot more than just a few “dips of the hip” to be a diva.

Dells, Manhattans, Bluenotes,

Millie Jackson,

September 25

The Dells, Millie Jackson, The Manhattans, and Harold Melvin’s Bluenotes will appear at Westbury Music Fair on Saturday, September 25th, 2004 at 8 pm. Tickets are $45 and are available at Westbury Music Fair’s box office, select Ticketmaster locations and online at CC.com and music fair.com.

The Dells, consisting of Marvin Junior, Johnnie Carter, Verne Allison, Michael McGill, and Chuck Barksdale, are often referred to as “The Grandfathers of R & B harmony.” It has been said that they paved the road for groups such as the Temptations, the Stylistics, and even more recently, Boyz II Men and 112. Even 50 years after they first began, the unmistakable harmonies of the Dells are still working their magic. Originally friends from high school, the group released two singles before “Oh What A Night,” which became an immediate hit. The 1991 film “The 5 heartbeats” introduced the Dells to another generation of R & B music lovers. The group received the Pioneer Hall of Fame Award, and the 1991 NAACP Image Award; in the spring of 2004, they were inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of fame.

Millie Jackson is a music industry icon whose career paved the way for many of today’s female recording artists and entertainers. She recently created, financed, directed, and starred in a musical stage play based on one of her previous recordings, “Young Man, Older Woman,” which broke numerous box office records. Her 1980 recording “I Had To Say It” led her to be dubbed the Mother of Hip Hop. During the past few years, Millie has been doing her daily radio show, and launching her own record label. Her new album “Not For Church Folks” was released in May.

The Manhattans most recent CD was released in October, 2001. Their latest single is “Nites Like This.” The group achieved a platinum-selling #1 pop and R & B hit in 19676 with their ballad “Kiss and Say Goodbye.” They performed at President Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural Ball. In 1980, they received a Grammy for “Shining Star.” They were inducted into the R & B Hall of Fame in 1999.

Harold Melvin’s Bluenotes consists of Donnell Gillispie, Rufus Throne, Dwight Johnson, Tony Brooks, and Nate Brown. Donnell has been singing with Haqrol Melvin since 1990, and was in the studio with him recording some vocals before he got sick. Rufus has been a part of Harold’s camp since 1980; he came to Blue Notes as a tenor and is said to be one of the best. Dwight, originally from D.C. has been a member of Harold’s camp since 1976, and has recorded 5 albums with the Blue Notes. Tony, from D.C. as well, was a part of a group Harold managed called “The Wonders.” Nate, originally from Philadelphia, is a talented vocalist and pianist, who contributed wonderful sounds to the new album.

Stars Shine At Westbury Music Fair In September

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