Concert series kicks off at Christ Church
Richie, 64, didnt even pretend he was going to play anything new on the fifth stop of his month-long All The Hits All Night Long tour. I am prepared to sing every song I can remember, he announced smoothly. The good news is, were going to sing all the songs. The bad news is, I hope I can remember them. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Richies been crooning the same songs for so long Penny Lover, Truly, Ballerina Girl, Lady that he could probably sing them in his sleep. The same could be said of the members of the predominantly middle-aged crowd. We have known each other a long time, he cooed onstage, flashing a big smile at the ladies in the front row who werent seat-sharing but instead jumping up and down and shrieking. Richie instructed people in the arena to go back in time and reminisce about when they first heard his songs, and where you were, what you were doing and who you were doing it with. From the dreamy looks on many peoples faces, those were some happy memories. What could have been an incredibly sleepy affair with so many slow love songs actually zoomed by, as Richie basked in his former glory, strolling back and forth across the stage, pausing to tell the history of some of his (and the Commodores) most well-known hits, including Still, Stuck On You and Three Times a Lady. Richies voice, strained at some points, still provided enough power for bursts of energy for Dancing on the Ceiling and the island-themed smash All Night Long. Although it was a little unsettling to see Richie (whos Grandpa Lionel now, he reminded everyone, although his grandkids call him Pop Pop) make the hourglass-figure hand motions with Brick House. But Richie embraced the cheesiness, with some especially awkward dancing: lots of hip swivels and pointing of index fingers in the air. Easily winded, he caught his breath a couple times as he soaked in the screams from the audience and wiped the sweat from his forehead with a small towel. No mention was made of his recent return to pop-culture relevance with last years Tuskegee , a compilation of countrified versions of his songs featuring guest stars that include Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean. It was his first No. 1 album in 25 years.
Sams Bar and Grill , located at 1301 Torringford West St. Doors open at 7 p.m. and at 8 p.m. Brown, a four-person rock band, from Harwinton will perform. During the bands intermissions, a presentation will be held showing the progress of Skees transformation and the warehouse where its occupying. Were still working with the city, working closely with the mayor on a new location for the diner we basically have an agreement in principle to potentially structure a lease in the city next to the Torrington library, in the municipal parking lot, said Edward Cook, president of the preservation trust and organizer behind the rebuilding of Skees Diner. Before the 1955 flood there was a diner there before the Torrington Grill. The treasured Skees Diner was removed from the city this past April and has been set in a large warehouse so it is out of the weather and can be examined and worked on without distractions from outside sources. Restorations have been going well, said Cook. Weve removed the panels, removed some of the inside structure because were just trying to get it down to the base frame to check the conditions. After the assessment was completed, the diagnosis was that the diner needs woodwork, metal work and tile work as part of the renovations. We need money to do that, said Cook, and this is the biggest fundraiser so far. Cook noted though that donations have been being made by a number of individuals from town – everything from $10 to $3,000, and that its nice to see that outreach. This could take a couple of years, nothing is set in stone but were not rushing, said Cook. Its a labor of love and we want it done properly because itll be good for the town by revitalizing Torrington and bring a little bit of a tourism attraction. Other fundrasing events have also been in the works.
Concert to benefit restoration of Torrrington’s historic Skee’s Diner
W, begins its 2013-14 concert series bringing in musicians from the West Coast to the East Coast, according to a newsrelease. Paul Jacobs, a Grammy-winning concert organist from New York City, kicks off the series at 4 p.m. Oct. 13. The Christ Church Chancel Choir performs at 4 p.m.Nov. 17. Dianne Williams on flute and pianist Brent Schloneger will perform at 4 p.m. Feb. 9 in a special concert to raise funds toward the purchase of a Steinway Grand piano for the church. Christine Brandes, an internationally acclaimed soloist, accompanied by organist Jonathan Dimmock, will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. April 11. A freewill offering or donation is suggested for the six events in the series. Anyone is welcome to join the Christ Church Music Patrons Fund, which allows the church to underwrite the cost of events.