Friday, 28 December 2012 00:00
The Westbury Memorial Public Library will welcome reggae and calypso group Hide Tide on Sunday, Jan. 20 for a free concert featuring a musical tribute to the legendary Bob Marley.
High Tide will take the stage of the library’s meeting room at 2 p.m. and perform some of the legendary reggae star’s classic hits, including “Stir It Up,” “One Love,” “No Woman No Cry”, “I Shot the Sheriff” and “Jamming,” among others.
Established in 1997, High Tide has performed in the Nassau County Concert Series for the past 15 summers. Additionally, the group performs at libraries and parks throughout Nassau, Suffolk and Queens counties and at restaurants, nightclubs and bars.
“Musical presentations of this nature bring a world of culture to a local audience,” said group leader and drummer Michael Kohn. “The music of Jamaica, and in this particular case Bob Marley, can brighten up a winter afternoon and make those that attend feel like they are on a brief Caribbean vacation.”
Kohn, who will be joined by Joseph Lovehart, of Copiague, on guitar/vocals and David Patrick, of Freeport, on bass, added that the “smiles on the faces of the audiences we entertain” is perhaps what the group enjoys most about performing.
The library, said director Cathleen Towey, is excited to welcome High Tide and hopes the community will attend.
“I’m confident the community will enjoy this tribute to Bob Marley and his legendary reggae music,” said Towey.
Bob Marley was a Jamaican-born singer-songwriter and musician whose music was heavily influenced by the social issues of his homeland. His father was a white English-Jamaican of mixed English and Syrian-Jewish descent from England; his mother, an Afro-Jamaican.
In 1963, Marley, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, Junior Braithwaite, Beverley Kelso, and Cherry Smith formed a ska and rocksteady group – first calling themselves The Teenagers before later changing their name to The Wailing Rudeboys, then to The Wailing Wailers before finally settling on The Wailers. In 1966, the group became the trio of Marley, Wailer and Tosh, performing throughout the world and recording over a dozen albums until Marley’s death from cancer in 1981.
Today, more than 20 years since his death, Marley remains the most widely known and revered performer of reggae music, and is credited with helping spread both Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement to a worldwide audience. In 1999, the Bob Marley & The Wailers album Exodus was named the greatest album of the 20th century by Time magazine and in 2001, Marley was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Additionally, Rolling Stone Magazine publisher Jann Wenner, in his 1994 posthumous introduction of Marley into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, described the singer/ songwriter as “the Third World’s first pop superstar … the man who introduced the world to the mystic power of reggae.”
Wenner described Marley as a true rocker at heart who, as a songwriter, “brought the lyrical force of Bob Dylan, the personal charisma of John Lennon, and the essential vocal stylings of Smokey Robinson into one voice.”
“We are honored to present the music of Bob Marley to the Westbury community,” Kohn added. “In a small way, performances of this nature help to preserve his legacy.”
The Jan. 20 “Tribute to Bob Marley” concert featuring High Tide is free and open to the public. For more information on this event or additional programs offered by the Westbury Memorial Public Library, visit www.WestburyLibrary.org or call (516) 333-0176.
Saturday, 18 May 2013 00:00
For most of the ’80s, ZZ Top was an inescapable presence thanks to a plethora of videos, often times containing underdog storylines revolving around gorgeous gals, a 1933 Ford hotrod and the hirsute threesome serving as a Greek chorus of cool to the aggrieved protagonist. But amidst all the bells and whistles, the most impressive feat pulled off by this Texas power trio was using 1983’s Eliminator to adapt its bluesy hard rock boogie sound and modernize it with synthesizers and drum machines sans any kind of artistic compromising.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
John Romandetti saved six people, but he shies away from the title hero.
“I don’t think of myself as a hero,” Romandetti says. “It’s nothing anyone else wouldn’t have done.”
During Hurricane Sandy, Romandetti risked his own life to go out to Howard Beach and get his girlfriend’s family out of their flooding homes. The Bethpage Air Show recently recognized his bravery, naming him the grand prize winner of the Hurricane Sandy Community Heroes contest. Romandetti, along with nine other winners, will receive VIP tickets to the Bethpage Air Show, plus the reception, and GEICO Skytypers Planeside Meet and Greet. As the grand prize winner, Romandetti also gets the chance to fly with the GEICO Skytypers during next week’s airshow.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Westbury Okinawan Karate recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary of coming to the Westbury Recreation Center. Since then, the dojo has trained 250 students, ages six and up, in the art of karate with the style of traditional Okinawan ShorinRyu Shidokan.
Founded by sensei John Power, the classes seek to instill the confidence and strength needed to obtain success in everyday life.
“A lot of kids are lacking confidence,” said Power. “We let them practice leadership in the class and this contributes to their confidence.
Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
Members of the Carle Place Sparc/Interact club recently donated their time and talents at the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens. Working together with students from Mineola High School and Holy Cross High School in Queens, the SPARC members planted over 1,000 indigenous trees to help replenish one section of the 600-acre forest park. The group’s efforts were part of the NYC Plant a Million Trees Project in honor of Arbor Day, celebrated on Friday April 26th. The Carle Place planters were: Sarah Megiel, Kelsey Feit, Julia Powell, Sabrina Feit, Monique Slater, Matt Carr, Katie Megiel, Rob Ibos, and Lauren Powell. They are led by faculty advisor Kieran Morris.