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.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
Once a week, Robert Blume goes to Virpa Convenience on Carman Ave. to buy breakfast and lottery tickets. When he bought his Mega Millions and Powerball tickets on Sunday, Oct. 20, it was just like any other day. But when he went in to Virpa to check his tickets later that week, life changed forever.
He won $7 with his Mega Millions ticket, and then ran his Powerball ticket through the ticket check. Instead of the usual reading of “Sorry You Are Not A Winner,” he saw a message that said ‘Big Winner. See Retailer.’
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
“Art is beautiful. It's all around us and makes you see the world in a different way. Anyone can learn to paint, it just takes time, but when you do, you never look at clouds the same way or water the same way or even at the beach the same way.” These are the words of Westbury’s own artist and teacher Laura Meshover. Her captivating oil paintings exhibit the very essence of photo realism.
“I always knew I wanted to be an artist even from way back at a young age,” explained Meshover. “I used to take painting lessons in my neighbor’s basement when I was a little girl. You can’t do that kind of stuff anymore,” she said with a laugh.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The wrestling team at Westbury High School looks forward to a fresh start this season. Last year, they struggled to stay atop the Nassau Conference, but this time, the team has a lot of valuable pieces that are crucial for them to flip the script and potentially climb to the top of the standings.
One of the shining stars in the school’s team this year is the dominating Raeco Jackson. For the past two seasons, Jackson has had an extraordinary winning record in the 113 and 120 weight classes. “Last year, my record was 28-5 and the year before that it was 30-5,” he said. With a total record of 58 wins and 10 losses, he has won 85 percent of his matches. His impressive feat helped Jackson receive all-county honors last season.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The Carle Place boys’ varsity soccer team made school history on Nov. 17, when they captured the NYS Class B championship title. It ended a long journey during which the team never lost a game. Carle Place was the only team in the state to go undefeated — and that includes all classifications. The final statistics were an impressive 18 wins, 0 losses, and 1 tie; 56 goals for, 6 against, and 14 shutouts.