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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Happy Together

Nostalgia time.  We recently went to see the "Happy Together" Tour.  This is a show featuring a lot of retro bands, acts form the 1960's and early 1970's.

Back in the 60's,  Howard Kaylen and Mark Volman were vocalists with a band called The Turtles.   Later, Kaylen and Volman would perform as Flo and Eddie.  The Turtles' biggest hit was "Happy Together".  Hence the name of their nostalgia tour. 

This year the show featured The Buckinghams, The Cowsills, The Grass Roots, The Association, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders, and , of course, The Turtles.  We saw the show at Westbury Music Fair (or whatever it is they're calling the place these days) on June 27.

With so many acts in this year's tour, each band did only a short set featuring their top 3-4 hits.  Which was fine for The Cowsills, who only had four hits.  But for an act like Flo and Eddie, not so fine -- in previous years, their comedy could easily fill up 45 minutes of the show; though I did enjoy their "Frozen" parody.  And I felt sad seeing The Grass Roots, they're just not the same without Rob Grill -- we saw Grill perform just a few months before he died.

My favorite DJ, Scott Shannon, was there to start the evening.  Later, during intermission, Drew ran into him in the lobby and asked to shake his hand.

And because the theater is now sponsored by a local bank -- I hate calling it the NYCB Theater at Westbury -- we got a swag bag from the bank.  Inside the tote bag I found an ice cream scoop, pencils, a chip clip, a rubber jar gripper and a fold-up Frisbee with the bank's logo.

Overall, a fun evening.  Good to hear the old songs again. 

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