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FIVE YEARS AGO: SohoJohnny Presents Disco And R&B Garden Party 2018 Fundraiser For the American Cancer Society At The Italian Center, Saturday, August 4th, 2018, Reviewed

Yours truly Sohojohnny With a hurricane of talent! From left to rt Cory Daye (Pow Wow),George McCrae ( Rock Your Baby) me,Leroy Gomez (Santa Esmeralda), Constantine (American Idol ),Rainier Martin ( Donna Summer Tribute), Jourdan Carroll (Barry White Tribute) Missing in this pic are Alisha ( All Night Passion) , Carol Douglas ( Drs Orders), Nayobe ( Pls Dont Go) and the Trammps featuring Earl Young! All of these fabulous performers gave me the honor of having them assist me Sohojohnny during my classic Disco event yesterday in an effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society!

(Five years ago SohoJohnny, rocknyc.live publisher, began producing chairity performances. Take a trip back with us… 

Sometimes the sun shines on SohoJohnny Pasquale, the real estate magnate who got his nickname from his colleagues and friends due to  the buildings he manages and owns South of Houston in the village, and it shined on his inaugural concert production at the Italian Center, on Saturday August 4th, 2018, from 2pm till the light of day. All week long we’d heard dire weather warnings, on the Thursday torrential rain had stopped the Jay Z – Beyoncé concert in its tracks, a day before a tornado had set down in Midtown, and every  report promised worse for Saturday. But two hours before “Garden Party 2018” was to begin, the sun came back to the Italian Center in Stamford, Connecticut, and the Gods of disco and r&b shined down upon SohoJohnny’s musical slice of heaven, benefitting the American Cancer Society,

As the tent filled up with SohoJohnny’s friends, relatives, and business partners, there was something in the air: somewhere between nostalgia for the Long Island club world Johnny and his longtime friends came from,  and the building of new memories and new dreams, especially for the children eating cotton candy, swimming in a nearby pool, and watching the original performers of disco and r&b from the timeless 1970s.

SohoJohnny was the master of ceremonies and convivial host for his  inaugural event, singing along as the  DJ. at one point even performing “Take A Letter Maria” and later his own personal act/chorography with the beautiful  “SohoJohnny Dancing Ladies” to help raise funds in the battle against cancer. SohoJohnny  introduced the performers, dancing with everyone, and having so much fun it was easy to ignore how much pressure must have been involved. SohoJohnny is a music guy, that’s one of the reasons he is a partner in rock nyc, and if you have been following his SohoJohnny Presents column in rock nyc, one reason why he finds himself consistently in the middle of the  action whether it be with Alice Cooper or Pat Benatar or Todd Rundgren, and many others including Dave Mason. But that was all leading up to Saturdays bravura performance, with ten musical acts, two huge meals, and endless goodwill, he took the various pieces and ideas behind that had been fomenting in his mind and in a four week rush of activity brought it all together,

The list of performers was incredible: Rainer Martin, George McCrae, Carol Dounglas, Alisha, Nayobe, Cory Daye, Leroy Gomez, Jourdan Carroll (a terrific Barry White impersonator) , the Trammps, and the final act, American Idol winner Constantine Margoulis who performed “Unchained Melody” and “Don’t Stop Believing”.

The day long festival was by invite only, but the next one will be a night of Classic Rock and tickets will be available for it.

In the meantime, thank you SohoJohnny for a day that brought Saturday Night Fever, Soul Train, Studio 54, Dance Fever, and a scene that looked like wedding first Godfather movie with families, children and festivities, and will never be forgotten by any of us there. I, myself, was particularly excited to see George McCrae, a man with a truly sweet voice that takes me back to my own disco days…. And The Trammps, who I had caught a number of years ago opening for Chic at the Hammerstein ballroom.

 

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