“Even though John couldn’t be there on Sunday, he was still the life of the party, Garden State Line lead singer Tam Garcia said afterwards. “We can hold our heads high, and, as John would say, ‘Recognize!’ We all came together, and we’re able to turn the light on in the dark.” Hailey Rose was 2-years-old when her father was killed in his Raritan Township home. Niko’s longtime friend Gary Passarelli, 39, of North Plainfield has been charged in the murder . Niko’s family and friends don’t want his daughter to forget her dad, and on Sept. 8 held an all-day, all-volunteer benefit filled with bands and comedy acts at the Dunellen Theater. Organizers reported the outcome. It’s was just the kind of event her dad would have loved to organize and attend, said decades-long family friend Anthony Delacruz. Niko, 35, was a managing partner at eSOZO Computer and Network Services in Flemington and a Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce award winner. Concerned co-workers called police when Niko didn’t arrive at work on May 31. The benefit concert was presented by Garden State Line and JackedCat Productions. JackedCat manager and producer Dave Pirrocco said, “We could not have asked for a better day. All the performers were amazing. The volunteers gave it their all and were a great bunch of people to work with. The sense of community displayed at this event was truly inspiring to everyone.” Garcia was thankful for “everyone’s love and support” at the fundraiser. Memorial contributions can be made in Niko’s memory to the Hailey Rose Fund, c/o Niko’s mother, Pamela Peters, 183 Little York Mt.
Naples Concert Band building eight-show series
23 at 4:30 p.m. Teachers Rock Following the River: Exploring the Roots of the Rolling Stones in the Rock Halls Eat to the Beat on the third floor — a special teacher workshop inspired by the Rolling Stones and their musical roots. Teachers will learn how to connect their classroom curriculum to the artistry of the Stones by examining the history of the American roots music that inspired them. This workshop is appropriate for upper-elementary through high school teachers and is designed for educators around Northeast Ohio. This event is free with a reservation. Space is limited. Reservations can be made through the Rock Hall website at . Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. Songwriters to Soundmen with Steve Jordan, Bobby Keys and Steve Madaio in the Rock Halls Foster Theater on the fourth floor. Jordan (the musical director for the October 26 tribute concert), Keys and Madaio will be interviewed in front of a live audience by Jason Hanley, the Rock Halls Director of Education, and will answer questions from the audience. They will discuss the musicians previous work with the Rolling Stones and the music from the Stones 50-year long catalog. This event is free with a reservation.
Complaints from concert fans, music critic
They can sing, unlike One Direction , Justin Bieber , Taylor Swift , Miley Cyrus , et al. who cannot. They also have real passion for what they do. I have been a fan for a long time. They also are very humble, truly nice young men.” Hey, I think they can sing, too! Common ground. Pictures: Oktoberfest in Germany An Il Volo fan from Germany attempted to catch me in an elaborate online deception because the time stamp on my blog post was “6:15 p.m. EDT.” He wrote that if I had been there, I would have noticed that “this huge theatre was quite full,” not the sea of empty seats that I actually saw in the lower bowl. A glimpse inside my job: That time stamp reflects the hour that I prepared the online framework for my review that contains links to related content, online keywords and other technical data. Because that process takes a few minutes and access to our internal online system is tenuous on a wireless connection, I prepare the empty shell in advance. It saves time on a tight deadline at the end of the night. At the arena, I write the review as a Word document on a laptop during the show, then copy it into the prepared file to be posted on the Soundboard blog. I haven’t figured out a way to write about a show without being there, but I’m sure someone at our company is working on it. Hey, I appreciate the passion of concert fans, even when they don’t agree with me. I’ll be out again on Friday to review alternative R&B act The Weeknd at Hard Rock Live.
Tuesdays at Gulfview Middle School; 255 Sixth St S., Naples . For information or to schedule an audition, call Frank Burgeson at 239-598-2082 or see www.naplesconcert band.org Residents may bring chairs and blankets to sit on for the concerts. All performances, except as noted, will start at 2 p.m. Sundays. Oct. 20: A tribute to the late William Eriksen, the bands former director, who died this year. The program includes a Judy Garland medley, with soloist Jenny Bintiff; selections from Cole Porters Kiss Me, Kate; Carioca, with a tuba solo for Joe Choomack; Stevie Wonders Sir Duke; an arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakovs Scheherazade; works featuring the bands Paradise Brass Quintet; and more. Nov. 10: a patriotic concert. Included are Light the Fire Within, by David Foster and Linda Thompson and Lee Greenwoods God Bless the USA, with Amy Bright, vocalist, and the Barron Collier High School Choir, Todd Peterson, director; Armed Forces Salute, again featuring the choir; Home Front Musical Memories from World War II, arranged by James Christensen; and more. Dec. 1: A holiday concert. Among its works will be Rejoice A Festive Carol Celebration by Douglas Wagner, and Mel Tormes The Christmas Song, featuring the Bay Singers vocal ensemble, a singing group of Bonita Bay residents; A Hanukkah Celebration, by David Bobrowitz; and Festival Espanol, a Fantasia of Spanish Carols, by Gene Milford.