Lincoln Center Out of Doors and the Ponderosa Stomp Present Shes Got the Power, a Girl Group Extravangaza on Saturday, July 30th

By on June 16, 2011
Lincoln Center Out of Doors and the Ponderosa Stomp Present
Shes Got the Power, a Girl Group Extravangaza on Saturday, July 30th
The story of the girl group sound is also a unique New York story, in which young writers, producers, and musicians from all walks of life collaborated to create a style that celebrated American teenage dreams, in songs that combined raw emotional urgency and sophisticated musical production. College girls, church girls, high school prodigies and secretaries from Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan became sensations overnight.  Kids everywhere responded to their music, sending the girl groups to the top of the charts, dominating the airwaves for several years and defining the era between early rock and the British invasion. Keep in mind that the girl group sound was created by a fully integrated collective in the pre-Civil Rights era, and all involved formed tight bonds of personal and professional friendship. While generations of music fans can sing girl group songs by heart, many of these great singers aren’t known by name. On July 30th, Lincoln Center Out of Doors and the Ponderosa Stomp will present She’s Got the Power, a celebration of the Girl Group sound and a salute to the women behind the unforgettable hits.
Lesley Gore, La La Brooks (formerly of the Crystals), Arlene Smith (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.
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 their 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 that “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.
Bill Bragin, Director of Public Programming at Lincoln Center, explains, “Our multi-year partnership with The Ponderosa Stomp is very much focused on welcoming under-appreciated popular music artists into the cultural canon. We’re thrilled to celebrate these powerful female artists, who have had such a lasting impact on American popular music, at Lincoln Center, where their art stands alongside world class orchestras, opera divas, Tony-Award winners and ballet companies. ”
Saturday,  July 30
David Rubenstein Atrium
A symposium moderated by Sheryl FarberAlison Fensterstock, and Lauren Onkey, including interviews with Lesley GoreThe Angels®, and The Exciters, and a segment celebrating Ellie Greenwich’s life and legacy. Film archivist Joe Lauro will screen vintage footage of the girl group era in action.
Presented in collaboration with The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Archival films courtesy of Joe Lauro, Historic Films Archive, LLC
Saturday,  July 30
Damrosch Park Bandshell
featuring LALA BROOKS (formerly of The Crystals)
with Arlene Smith (of The Chantels), Baby WashingtonBarbara Harris (of The Toys), Beverly Warren,
Brenda Reid and Lillian Walker (of The Exciters), Louise Murray(of The Jaynetts), Margaret Ross (of The Cookies), Maxine Brown,Nanette Licori (of Reparata and the Delrons), Peggy Santiglia Davison and Jiggs Sirico (of The Angels®)
Backed by The Boyfriends,
Jeremy Chatzky, musical director
Presented in association with The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation
Archival films courtesy of Joe Lauro, Historic Films Archive, LLC
All performances are FREE; no tickets required.
All artists, events, and times subject to change.

Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.