BRISTOL - TEAM Bristol and The Bristol Historical Society are joining forces to present â€śMusic Among the Memorialsâ€ť May 26 on Memorial Boulevard, featuring the popular music from several wartime periods.
The free program will begin at 4 p.m. that Saturday near the Revolutionary War monument, with a rain date set for the same time that Sunday. Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu will speak on the behalf of the City of Bristol, Tim Gamache will speak on behalf of local veterans and then Scott Heth, of the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut, will perform with the band.
The band includes Wanda Houston on vocals, Heth on keyboards, Jay Bradley on drums, George Potts on bass and Charlie Tokarz on saxophone. The concert will include both popular home front music and military songs from the Revolutionary War through Vietnam, with a particular emphasis on the music of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam.
â€śWe will have an assortment of music that, when you hear it, it will bring you back and time,â€ť said Tom LaPorte, of TEAM Bristol. â€śYou will remember being at certain places and talking to certain people. These are the songs that people strongly remember, from the boogie woogie of The Andrews Sisters during World War II to the rock songs of the â€™60s and â€™70s. There will be patriotic songs, too.â€ť
LaPorte noted that Houston has traveled and performed worldwide, including Broadway, films, recordings and television. She has worked with Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, John Tuturro, Eddie Izzard, Natalie Cole, Eartha Kitt, Patti LaBelle and Sam Harris.
â€śI was very impressed when I did research on her,â€ť said LaPorte.
TEAM Bristol is composed of Joe Englert, Linda DiMatteo, Harley Graime, Former Mayor Art Ward, Bob Montgomery, Jim Foote and Tom LaPorte. The mission of the group is to provide free or low cost entertainment and events to the people of Bristol. If this particular event is a success, LaPorte said that TEAM Bristol may hold it annually.
â€śEllie Wilson, program director at the Bristol Historical Society, came up with the idea for this particular event, but they couldnâ€™t do it alone,â€ť said LaPorte. â€śSo, TEAM Bristol stepped up to help pay for the costs to pay the performers and to rent the stage from the Parks Department. We see this event as a golden opportunity for us to step into another area.â€ť
LaPorte encouraged people to come to the show and enjoy an evening of memorable music. Guests are asked to bring their own lawn chairs.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.