2005-07-15 / Columnists

Notes from the High C’s

Rockaway Music and Arts Council

by Sharon Gabriel

If you were not at Ft. Tilden last Sunday evening you missed one of the best concerts ever. Kenny Vance and The Planotones gave a “boffo” performance as they say along Broadway.

The group sang for two hours straight, had the audience signing along the 50’s hits and people were literally “dancing in the aisles.”

There were 400 to 500 people at the concert and I don’t think anyone left before the last song.

As a matter of fact, after the concert was over, Kenny came off the stage and spoke with everyone who came over to him. He spent at least a half hour greeting everyone.

Kenny and The Planotones were in great form and even included a few dance steps in their program and Kenny played a little guitar music which just added to the fun of the evening.

If you grew up in the 50’s you remember that so many of the groups had that echo sound and Kenny described how he went to his first Alan Freed concert at the Brooklyn Paramount to hear the earliest groups when he was about thirteen years old, and how he came out of the theatre and tried to recreate the sound on his way home.

He managed to hit the high note and the rest is history. The crowd was so enthusiastic that Kenny may be back again next year.

As you may know from reading this column, the RMAC is celebrating 50 years this year and will be holding a gala event at The Brooklyn Museum on Saturday evening, September 10.

The event will be held in the Beaux Arts Hall amid some of the most wonderful paintings.

There will be a cocktail hour to be followed by dinner and dancing and a special docent-led viewing of some very special art. In addition, there will be a drawing for some wonderful gifts. Invitations to the event will be going out very soon and we hope you will join us for this very historic event. If you are not on our mailing list as a member and would like to receive and invitation, please contact me through The Wave and I will get back to you as soon as I receive your call.

We are having two very special Guests of Honor for the evening. The first very president of the RMAC, Helen Bartwink, and our current president, Barbara Eisenstadt. Each of these ladies was very instrumental in bringing the RMAC to what it is today.

From small recitals of classical music in Helen’s living room to our Fall Festival which attracts 20,000 to 30,000 people each year. The RMAC has brought the best talent to Rockaway. We hope you will join us at this special evening and we look forward to greeting everyone.

Don’t forget our next Sunset Picnic Concert on Sunday, July 24, 6:00 pm at Ft. Tildan.

This is going to be a very special concert, our own “American Idol.” Approximately twelve vocalists, from classical to rap and a little bit of the “big band” sound thrown in, will be performing.

There will be several judges, including Kenny Vance, who will determine, who will who will win the one thousand dollar first prize and which artists will take home the second prizes.

There will be two second prizes of $250.00 each. So bring your chair, your food and some nice wine and be ready for a great evening.

See you at the park.

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