Crash Cadillac opened the Summer Lawn Chair Concert Series at the village of Angola’s Centennial Park on June 18.
ANGOLA — Despite a dark, overcast sky, Angola kicked off its 32nd Summer Lawn Chair Concert Series as scheduled on June 18 at 7 p.m. in the village’s Centennial Park.
Western New York classic rock cover band Crash Cadillac took the stage under the park’s William G. Houston Gazebo as the premier musical act in this year’s run of free concerts.
This show was sponsored by the Lake Shore Federal Credit Union.
“We’re going to bring back some memories for you guys – some oldies but goodies,” said guitarist Don Vaccaro, before the band launched into the first song of the night, the Ronette’s “Be My Baby,” with singer and Angola Town Clerk Linda Giancarlo featured on lead vocals.
Along with Giancarlo and Vaccaro, Crash Cadillac also featured bassist Bob Steff, keyboardist Frank Marini and drummer Jim Mercurio in its lineup.
The five-piece group went on to perform a two-hour show with a set list that incorporated songs from the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, such as Neil Sedaka’s “Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” the Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “I Saw Her Standing There” and a medley of Elvis Presley songs that included “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Hound Dog.”
Throughout the performance, the band encouraged crowd participation by prompting the audience to sing sections of songs on its own and using the area in front of the gazebo as a makeshift dance floor.
Although the evening’s weather remained continuously cloudy with a brief drizzle of rain, Crash Cadillac continued the show undaunted, even playing, “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves, to offset the rain.
Despite overcast weather and some drizzle, residents brought their lawn chairs to catch the music at the first concert of the season.
While the music played, attendees could purchase soda, popcorn and other refreshments from a group of local Girl Scouts who ran the concessions stand for the event. Also available was a selection of merchandise from Crash Cadillac including T-shirts and the group’s latest CD, “Crash Cadillac Volume Two,” as well as tickets for a prize raffle, which was held as the band took a brief break.
Crash Cadillac played until 9 p.m. when they closed out the night with a rendition of Ronnie Milsap’s “Lost in the Fifties Tonight.”
The 2014 Summer Lawn Chair Concert Series, presented by the Angola Park and Gazebo Committee, Evans Recreation and the Village of Angola, will take place every Wednesday this summer at Centennial Park. The shows will continue until August 27, ending with a finale performance by German folk band, the Frankfurters.
The next concert’s featured musical guests the Buffalo Silver Band, a Western New York-based British brass group, followed by the Road Runners on July 2. Refreshments are available, at each concert.