Brooklyn boy, Tony Orlando, was a man on a mission. He just wanted his audience to enjoy themselves. He was apparently aware that his own material was not particularly exciting. At one of his shows (we saw 3) he came out on stage, without fanfare, and announced “Alright. We’re going to do 3 of my songs first ….. and then we’ll do some good stuff.” Orlando featured his kickin’ band for the most part and played ‘party meister’ for most of the 30 minute shows doing sing alongs, background vocals and encouraging dancing in the aisles. Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Earth Wind & Fire were all a part of the song menu accompanied by a hot, energetic and musically tight backup band.
Carl Giammarse - Lead singer for The Buckinghams
The Buckinghams surprised me – I had forgotten that they recorded “Susan” and “Don't You Care” in addition to “Kind of A Drag” (a song which reminds Be of taking the cat for a walk). Their show was a bit more reserved than the 2 previous groups with the exception of a rendition of “Mercy, Mercy” by their wild looking ponytailed, body builder bass player (an original member) who took the song and made it his own.
The Turtles (Flo & Eddie) were the princes of Bubblegum Rock in the 60s, and performed all 6 or so of their hits during their set when we saw them last week. The group, arch-rivals to The Archies, performed "Eleanor", "She'd Rather Be With Me", "Let Me Be", "You Showed Me" and of course "Happy Together"? The 2 front men for The Turtles did their best to duplicate the sound on their original recordings ("You Showed Me" sounded as sweet as 40 years ago) and a nostalgic time was had by all.