Bugalou Productions is ready to return for its 2022-23 season. Following the COVID hiatus, Steve Forbert and the New Renditions restarted the series last November. Real Young and Lazy Horse took the stage in May and Blac Rabbit stepped in for Finnegan Blue on July 1. Gerald Bair, The Sun Dogs, and the Grasslighters performed opening sets, with all shows at St. Camillus Springman Hall.
Two scheduled shows were postponed to this season. Desert Highway with Fools Night Out had been scheduled for what tragically became the funeral day for Firefighter Timothy Klein and will likely be scheduled on April 21, 2023. Jingo-The Santana Tribute is targeting May 19, 2023, this time with guests Solshyne. Both dates are still to be fully confirmed. A new date for Finnegan Blue is also being worked on.
The lone show this fall is an outstanding one with The Linda Ronstadt Experience at the Msgr. Bracken gym at St. Francis de Sales on November 11 sponsored by The Harbor Light Pub and Restaurant. The group is headlined by American Idol finalist Tristan McIntosh whose voice and phrasing recalls the purity and emotion of Ronstadt who was the biggest female star of the 1970’s. The Pointers from Breezy Point will open the show.
Ronstadt first gained attention with the hit Different Drum with her band The Stone Poneys. She then launched a solo career which focused on the country rock sound that was emerging at the time in California. Standouts from this period include Silver Threads and Golden Needles, Love Has No Pride, and Desperado, which followed when Don Henley and Glenn Frey left Linda’s touring band to form The Eagles. Her real breakthrough then came when she began to work full time with producer Peter Asher. You’re No Good and When Will I Be Loved began a string of hits for Ronstadt throughout the rest of the ‘70s and into the ‘80s including Love Is a Rose, Tracks of My Tears, Heat Wave, That’ll Be the Day, It’s So Easy, Blue Bayou, Tumbling Dice, Just One Look, Ooh Baby, Baby, and more. Many of these rekindled songs from the late 50’s and early ‘60s by Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, and Smokey Robinson but also mixed in were songs by not yet as heralded writers such as Lowell George of Little Feat-Willin, Warren Zevon-Poor, Poor Pitiful Me, and Elvis Costello-Allison. Ronstadt was not a writer, but she knew and chose great songs. She would then venture into standards, traditional Mexican music, and her Trio collaborations with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris before withdrawing from the business in 2011 due to problems that developed with her voice.
Linda Ronstadt has sold over 100 million albums, won 12 Grammy Awards, was the top grossing female solo artist of the 1970s, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. The Linda Ronstadt Experience will bring her music to Rockaway on November 11.
Don’t miss this show. Tickets are available at http://www.bugaloumusic.com. Group pricing available by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can check out YouTube videos of The Linda Ronstadt Experience at https://www.facebook.com/bugaloumusic