2006-06-23 / Columnists

Notes from the High C's

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
by Sharon Gabriel

As I write this, today is Father's Day and of course I remember my father who passed away some thirty-three years ago. However, he is never far from my thoughts and always tried to lead both my brother and I on the right road. He and Mom must have been doing something right because we both turned out pretty well. Dad liked to read and many times told me about a book called "Cimmaron," which was made into a film even before I was born. I think it starred an actor named Richard Dix and an actress named Irene Dunn. As a matter of fact, I still have his book in my bookcases and it's probably older than I am. Dad was also very involved in local politics and that may explain my interest in literature, history and politics. He as well as my mother had another interest and that was the theatre. I can remember as a small child, during World War II, when money was tight, they would get dressed up and go to Broadway to see some show and then come back and tell us about it. I love attending a Broadway show. However, today the price is quite a few shekels more than in the 40's.

Dad is probably where I get my interest in anything connected with the theatre, music and literature and why I loved working in the motion picture industry for so many years. Now, however, my interest is in the RMAC and the programs that we present each year. And, of course you know, that leads me right into discussing our first Sunset Picnic Concert, which will be this Sunday, June 25, 6 p.m. at Ft. Tilden.

The Roadhouse Band will present country and western at its best. They play everything from classic country to modern country music and everyone is welcome to dance. The Roadhouse Band is celebrating their tenth anniversary, and they are a combination of five top musicians in the field. Vic is the bassist, Mike the keyboarder, and both have played together since they were in high school. Drummer Todd Shusterman is new but he has been part of the Long Island country music scene for many years. He is a professional musician and plays many different instruments. Steve plays the guitar and in his other life he is a graphic artist. His knowledge of 70's rock, country rock and heavy metal is uncanny. However, he decided to stick with country and joined the band some years ago. Since he is a graphic artist, he designed the band's logo. Last, but not least, is the lead vocalist, Cindy, who in addition to singing plays the harmonica, guitar and percussion. When she is not performing with the band she writes music, records and performs with her local church ensemble and has played the lead female role in "Guys and Dolls." Plus, she also sings with the oldies group "Time Was." Cindy is certainly multi-talented, as is the rest of the Roadhouse Band, and we know you are going to enjoy them.

Bring your chair, your picnic basket, your wine, or whatever and enjoy a fun evening.

If you haven't already become a member of the Rockaway Music & Arts Council, please see me at the concert. I will have membership applications with me and will be glad to include you among our members. Membership is way less than if you went to a New York show or even Westbury, and it covers you for the whole year and helps the RMAC continue to bring you the best concerts each summer. A single (Solo) membership is only $25 and membership for a couple (Duet) is $40. How can you go wrong?

See you Sunday.

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