episode date - September 15, 2010
The New York Roots Music Association has done it again. In the past few months, they have dedicated their collective talents to present a few remarkable shows featuring the music of the Kinks, Hank Williams, and Buffalo Springfield, among others. Now, it’s John Lennon’s turn.
On Saturday, September 18, 2010, this collective group of musicians will feature an entire evening dedicated to the solo career of a man who is perhaps the greatest figurehead in rock and roll. As a member of the Beatles, John Lennon changed the way that the world listened to music. As a solo artist, Lennon aimed for even loftier goals, attempting to change the way that the world thinks. He was an extraordinary figure, and he used his position as figurehead to attract attention to issues like world peace, woman’s rights, activism and self-awareness. Few musicians could claim to be as honest and direct as John Lennon, and the cast of NYRMA does not flinch, as they cover some of Lennon’s most profound musical statements.
This show features a few of the key members of the NYRMA fold (which includes me), as we discuss Lennon and his music, as well as a few of our own musical thoughts. The performance on Saturday will feature a cast of approximately two dozen performers. NYRMA will play highlights from the entirety of Lennon’s solo career, including “Instant Karma,” “Cold Turkey” and “Whatever Gets You Though the Night.” They will perform Lennon’s “Imagine” album in its entirety and as a bonus, will play their own interpretations of every track that Lennon featured on his own “Rock and Roll” album.
The show takes place at the Plainview American Legion Hall, 115 Southern Parkway in Plainview (Long Island) NY just seconds from the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway. Admission is only $10, and the show starts at 8:00 PM. A good time is guaranteed for all, so come on down and become a part of this special event.
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