As the sun began to set inside Marine Park, concertgoers set up their chairs in anticipation of an evening of rock and roll music by Decades Band, a group that has performed many times at the Marine Park Summer Concert Series.
As a cool evening breeze swept through the park on Wednesday, August 16th, the first band to perform was the Murrow Quartet, a group of students from Edward R. Murrow High School in Midwood.
After they finished their set, Decades took the audience on a rock and roll journey, playing songs by The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Redbone and others. Band leader Robert Hannan sang “Tighter, Tighter” in memory of Pepe from Alive ‘N Kickin,’ a favorite local Brooklyn band that has performed at Marine Park. Guest singer Barbara Hannan dedicated the song “Dancing in the Streets” to local resident Florence Young who recently passed away and “who just loved to dance.”
Many music lovers in attendance grew up with these tunes; they applauded after each song and some got up and danced as memories filled their minds. The sound system was great, which really made for a fantastic rock and roll evening.
This was the sixth concert of the popular concert series, which is sponsored by Assemblywoman Jaime Williams, Kings Plaza and Nick’s Lobster House, among others, in coordination with Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, State Senator Simcha Felder, Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, Councilwoman Mercedes Narcisse and District Leader Frank Seddio, and in partnership with Millennium Development, NYC Parks, Marine Park Alliance and Marine Park Community Association.
Don’t miss the final concert of the season, when Sound Affair will be performing R&B tunes on at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23rd. The concert is free and will take place on the lawn near the bocce courts. Bring a blanket or a chair.
Photos by Arthur De Gaeta