2007-01-26 / Community

Doo Wop Spectacular Shines This Weekend At BCHS

The 14th annual "Harry G Doo Wop Spectacular" concert kicks off this Saturday with what promises to be a jam-packed lineup of doo wop greats and upcoming talent. The annual concert, which will take place on Saturday, January 27 at Beach Channel High School, starts at 7 p.m., but the doors will open at 6 p.m. for those who want to purchase tickets.

The longest running metropolitan area fundraising doo wop concert, the Doo Wop Spectacular is a multiple-act show, which this year includes such favorites as Kenny Vance and the Planotones, Earl Lewis & the Channels, The Eternals, Johnny & Joe, Cathy Jean & the Roommates as well as 11-year-old singing phenomenon Kid Kyle and His Kool Kats.

The concert draws acts from around the country, including groups from Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Maryland. In the past, musical performers from as far as England and Australia have participated in the event.

The show is produced and hosted by Harry Gross, aka Harry G., New York's "Duke of Doo Wop." A retired communications and arts teacher, Harry Gross was one of the last original Beach Channel High School staff members, working at the school from 1973 to 2003.

He says that he created the show not only out of his love for the musical genre, but also to establish a concert that raises funds in memory of his sister, Susan, who died at the age of 7 from leukemia.

The Susan G. Memorial Scholarship Fund provides a scholarship to a student pursuing a career in the music and entertainment fields.

"I tried to create an event that would draw people here to the Rockaways, and to a beautiful school and stage that doesn't see much action," said Gross. "I wanted a professional show for the Rockaways, and we are fortunate that it continues year after year."

Gross expects a virtually packed house, between 800-900 concertgoers. Food and 50/50 raffles will be available for purchase during the five-hour event. "The night is all about the fans, the music, the artists and fun," said Gross. He will emcee the event along with his 4-and-a-half-year-old son, Matthew, the "Prince of Doo Wop."

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