On June 15th at 8 PM at The Boulton Center For The Performing Arts in Bay Shore, The New York Roots Music Association (NYRMA) will recreate the film and double album drawn from one of the most famous tours in rock music history, Mad Dogs & Englishmen. The 1970 tour, film and recording, which took its name from one of Noel Coward’s most famous songs, featured Joe Cocker and an all-star cast. Cocker was joined by musical director Leon Russell, Jim Keltner, Rolling Stones horn players Bobby Keys and Jim Price; two of the founding members of Derek & the Dominos, Jim Gordon and Carl Radle; Rita Coolidge and many others.
In the October 2012 issue of Pulse Rita Coolidge looked back with glee and wonder at the tour and how it came together so quickly. “Leon Russell was the ringmaster,” said Coolidge. “He pulled the whole circus together. Joe Cocker needed a band for his tour and movie. Joe called Leon [Russell]. Leon called me and said, ‘Put a choir together.’ We only had four days to rehearse.” It was as much a roving party as a tour; the DC8 they flew in had “Cocker Power” emblazoned on the outside and performances often included up to 40 or 50 people on stage. “There were no rules anytime,” Coolidge said.
The evening will feature an all-star lineup of local musicians, including Mark Mancini (musical director), Tom Ryan, Howie Silverman, Steve Kaplan, Rich Hall, Dave Wise, Rich Umbach, Joe Perricone, Steven Prisco and Barry Schwalb.
Featured vocalists include: Anna Coronna, Annie Mark, Bobby Barca, Eammon Bowles, Racine Coles, Willy Maiorello, Andy Fortiere, Al Santoriello, Claudia Jacobs, Michelle Sivori, Jessica Upham and Paul Schmitz.
All attendees are asked to bring along a healthy, non-perishable food donation (no glass, please) to be collected by RockCanRoll and distributed to local food banks.
Tickets for this event are $20 ($15 for Boulton VIP Members).