“Take it out of the closet and play it for everybody.”
This was Ken Maltz’ mindset when forming Kapelye, the six-member band that specialized in a type of music only two other bands worldwide performed at the time: klezmer.
The 31-year-old music teacher had no reason to believe his debut album would sell in 1980, but with a clarinet in his hands, Maltz set out to save the genre that played within his home for as long as he could remember.
When Sports was released three decades ago, MTV was in its infancy and actually playing music videos as radio playlists were becoming increasingly fragmented. It wasn’t exactly the time or place for an anachronistic group featuring horns, doo-wop harmonies and a harp blowing frontman to expect any kind of chart success. But that’s exactly what Huey Lewis and the News did with their 1983 studio album. The band’s third studio outing not only went septuple platinum, but it topped the Billboard Top 200 charts in 1984, yielded five Top 20 hits (four of which broached the Top 10) and made them fixtures on MTV and the radio. And while it’s ballsy to say the outcome went according to plans, Huey Lewis is clear that there was a clear strategy in place when it came time to hit the studio.
Now that the hottest season is in full swing, it’s that time of year when exploring what your surroundings have to offer in your free time is the best way to go. And if this can be done on the cheap, it’s all the better. The following are myriad adventures you can undertake when your wallet is as light as the clothing you’re wearing.
1. Listen To The Music — One of the best venues around is Nikon@Jones Beach, an open air shed that presents its offerings where sea meets land. But with concert prices being what they are, what’s a music fan to do? Your best bet is to head down to Jones Beach, (by sundown, the tolls are closed), bring yourself a blanket and/or folding chair and soak up the sounds of your favorite musical artist all while doing outside the pricey confines of the venue. You may not be seeing anything, but music is best enjoyed with ears anyway. Please visit www.jonesbeach.com for the schedule.
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