SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUES by Paul Freundlich
Sometimes we don’t fully appreciate what we have. Not too many years ago, a few local musicians playing for a local dance was what we could count on. A traveling troupe was an extraordinary event. Now, we take for granted that the most wonderful artists in the world are at our fingertips, courtesy of recording and playback.
But it still comes down to that local dance, gathering together to let it rock ‘n roll. In Middletown, Vinnie’s Jump and Jive is that community dance hall, and this Saturday night, folks will have the best of the both worlds: great music and a great community time.
What inspired me to put together the music for this event was the Midnight on Main, New Year’s Eve celebration in Middletown. It was live bands and a ton of people dancing to covers of rock ‘n roll classics. It was a re-education in the power and delight of the great music that moved a generation. For the veterans of the ‘60s and ‘70s, it might be a bit of nostalgia, but younger generations also embraced the heyday of rock ‘n roll.
If both old and young and middle-aged were tuning in to classic rock or trouping off to concerts with $100 plus tickets, why couldn’t we take the brilliant library of music and construct our own event? Aretha Franklin and Credence Clearwater as headliners. A supporting cast of Stevie Wonder, Janice Joplin, Bob Seger, the Doors, Los Lobos and Annie Lennox. Treat it like a concert, with a block of songs by each artist, with a chance to get into that special groove, before moving on to the next. Wrap it up at the end with a medley of them all.
Vinnie’s is a great space, brilliant sound system, and that’s where it’s happening – tonight.
See you there, if you dare.
Dance Party, featuring the music of Aretha Franklin, Credence Clearwater, Stevie Wonder and more.
Where: Vinnie’s Jump and Jive, 424 Main Street,
When: Saturday night, June 9, 8:30 – 11pm
$10 at the door, half for students and seniors