So I just found out about this event, She's Got the Power: A Girl Group Extravaganza at Damrosch Park Bandshell, Lincoln Center and I'm kind of spazzing out because it sounds so amazing. It's a symposium AND concert featuring some of the most legendary, amazing girl, group singers of the 1960's. I saw Ronnie Spector of The Ronettes about two years ago and she was just phenomenal. She was so nostalgic and never missed a beat by singing all the hits. It kind of made my life when she singled me out to wave because I was dancing like a maniac. I always thought it was sad that I was such a fangirl for singers I'll probably never see live, but little did I know someone would create a FREE event like this and I'd have the opportunity to see some of my favorites like Lesley Gore and singers of The Crystals and The Chantels.
Check out some of my favorite girl group songs and information about the event below:
LINCOLN CENTER OUT OF DOORS AND THE PONDEROSA STOMP PRESENT:
SHE'S GOT THE POWER! A Girl Group Extravaganza!
FEATURING: RONNIE SPECTOR, LALA BROOKS(FORMERLY OF THE CRYSTALS) AND LESLEY GORE WITH ARLENE SMITH (FORMER LEAD SINGER OF THE CHANTELS), BABY WASHINGTON, BARBARA HARRIS (OF THE TOYS), BEVERLY WARREN, BRENDA REID AND LILLIAN WALKER (THE EXCITERS), LOUISE MURRAY (OF THE JAYNETTES), MARGARET ROSS (OF THE COOKIES), MAXINE BROWN, NANETTE LICORI (OF REPARATA AND THE DELRONS), PEGGY SANTIGLIA DAVISON AND JIGGS SIRICO (OF THE ANGELS®)
SATURDAY, JULY 30, DAMROSCH PARK BANDSHELL, LINCOLN CENTER
The Ponderosa Stomp: Girl Talk (Symposium)
Noon – 4:00 P.M. David Rubenstein Atrium
An afternoon symposium dubbed Girl Talk will present moderators Lauren Onkey of the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, journalist Alison Fensterstock and Sheryl Farber (producer of One Kiss Leads to Another and radio dj) discussing the women’s histories and lives on the road and in the studio, with a special panel devoted to the legacy of the late Ellie Greenwich, who’ll also be honored with a musical tribute that evening. An Interview with Lesley Gore and a panel with the Exciters and the Angels will also be presented.
Jill Sternheimer, Associate Producer of Lincoln Center Out of Doors, says “As we’ve been pulling the day together, I’ve spent hours on the phone with these ladies and I’m constantly blown away by their stories. Not only how everyone’s careers were intertwined, but about their connections to so many of the other architects of rock and roll, from the Beatles to Jimi Hendrix to Joey Ramone and so many more. We’re excited that they will have a chance to share some of this history with Lincoln Center’s audiences, and that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be able to preserve these important cultural oral histories.”
Film Archivist extraordinaire Joe Lauro will be showing rare film clips of the girl groups in action during intermissions, completing the 360-degree look at this unforgettable window in musical time. Archival films are courtesy of Joe Lauro, Historic Films Archive, LLC.
The Ponderosa Stomp: She’s Got the Power!
5:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. Damrosch Park Bandshell
Featuring Ronnie Spector (Leader of the Quintessential Girl Group The Ronettes), Lesley Gore, La La Brooks (formerly of the Crystals), Arlene Smith (former lead singer of the Chantels), Barbara Harris (of the Toys) Margaret Ross (of the Cookies), Maxine Brown, Brenda Reid and Lillian Walker Moss (of The Exciters), Peggy Santiglia Davison and Jiggs Sirico (of The Angels®), Beverly Warren (of the Raindrops), Nanette Licori (of the Delrons), Baby Washington and Toni Wine will breathe life into unforgettable songs with the backing of the Boyfriends, led by musical director Jeremy Chatzky.