Oldies concerts, decade by decade
Ready for some golden oldies? It's nostalgia weekend for anyone who ever sang along to the Top 40, wore out an LP (or an 8-track, or a CD) or hung out at a club or concert hall. Concerts celebrating every decade from the '40s to the '80s are scheduled at parks and performance venues.
Doo-wop or disco? Elvis or Bon Jovi? Pick your decade, your genre, your favorite artist dating back to the dawn of rock and roll -- they're likely to be covered on a stage somewhere.
"The nostalgia brings you back to your younger days, especially when you hear a song like 'Hotel California'," says Carl Bova of North Bellmore, vocalist and bassist for the Eagles tribute band, Desert Highway, one of the performing groups.
Here's the concert schedule, decade by decade:
INFO 516-572-0200, nassaucountyny.gov
The USO Liberty Bells of the USO of Metropolitan New York are a 21-member troupe comprised of Broadway and Off-Broadway professionals. They travel the world performing for servicemen and women and veterans. At Eisenhower, they'll perform World War II classics such as "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," and patriotic songs for each branch of the service. The program also features Dean Karahalis and the Concert Pops.
INFO 631-255-2516, judysrun.com
ADMISSION $5 per (non-classic) car
Bob Zebrowski, founder of the annual Judy's 5k Run at Sunken Meadow in Kings Park, boosts his health awareness campaign with a 1950s music event. Bring your classic car for free admission and park in the lot with other first-wave Baby Boomers. Groove to rockers Cyclone Universe, and the locally based 1950s a cappella group, Back in Time. "Elvis is coming also," Zebrowski says, in the form of impersonator Andy Ratway of Commack.
WHEN | WHERE 5-11 p.m. Saturday, Hallockville Museum Farm, Riverhead
INFO 631-298-5292, hallockville.com
This one's for folks who "remember the '60s, wish they remembered or aren't sure if they remember," says assistant museum director Beth Motschenbacher. Plainview-based cover band Plan B supplies the danceable '60s sounds (the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Jefferson Airplane and more) inside the 1930s barn. Fill up on all-you-can-eat raw oysters, barbecue and smoked duck breast, and feast your eyes on a display of vintage LPs and classic cars. Motschenbacher says, "Some people are planning to wear bell bottoms."
WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Saturday, John J. Burns Park, Massapequa (weather permitting).
INFO 516-797-7900, oysterbaytown.com
Disco divas Taylor Dayne, Martha Wash and Maxine Nightingale belt their hits from the '70s through the 2000s as part of the Town of Oyster Bay's ever-popular free outdoor concert series. Bring your own chairs and snacks.
ALSO TRY The Eagles tribute band Desert Highway performs live 8:30-11:30 Friday night on the Moon Chaser, a 55-foot, 180-person capacity boat that cruises from Captree State Park. Dance on the deck and revel in that mellow '70s sound as the boat roams the Great South Bay ($48, 631-265-1848, themoonchaser.com).
WHEN | WHERE 7:30 Friday night, Clinton G. Martin Park, New Hyde Park (rain location: Clinton G. Martin Community Building)
INFO 516-869-6311, northhempsteadny.gov
Although Jon Bon Jovi continues to attract younger fans, the rock superstar began his rise in the mid-'80s. Bring a picnic basket and a chair. Bon Jovi sunglasses are optional.