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Plus a Vocal Harmony Performance by Kenny Vance & the Planotones!

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Nov 07, 2022, 7:00 PM

Port Jefferson Station, 200 Jayne Blvd, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776, USA

About The Event


Guest Speaker: Kenny Vance, Director, Founding Member of Jay and the Americans and 2008 Inductee into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame Q&A moderated by Tom Needham, Host of The Sounds of Film at WUSB radio. ***The Q&A will be followed by a vocal harmony performance by Kenny Vance and the Planotones.***

Directed by Kenny Vance

DECEMBER 1954. The first-ever Rock & Roll Show at the Brooklyn Paramount Theater electrified the teenagers who waited for hours to see their new idols – Chuck Berry; the Chantels; Frankie Lymon; and a roster of some of the greatest talent of the time. Fourteen-year-old Kenny Vance sat in the balcony mesmerized by a unique style of music that still resonates for him -and many of us- half a century later. The film seeks to solve the question that may never be answered, because, like all art, it is about feelings: What was that particular magic that grabs a heart and never lets it go?

NOW. Music legend Kenny Vance sits down with members of the Chantels, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Little Anthony & the Imperials, the Heartbeats, the Dubs and the Jive Five. They were some of the first teenaged Black Rhythm & Blues artists who crossed over, had mainstream hits, toured the north and south, appeared on national television, never made much money and influenced popular music to this day. Through intimate conversations and insights curated from eighty hours of verite footage, these seminal artists become our confidantes too, and we become intimately involved as they bring their triumphs and tragedies to life. Perhaps the mysteries of music can never be fully understood but, for an instant, we can live in that moment, and share in the brilliance and the bittersweet that is the Heart & Soul of this music and its makers. The film is chock full of your favorite Vocal Harmony songs and includes a special performance by Phoebe Snow.

Running Time: 91 minutes

======This screening is graciously sponsored by The Long Island Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame, whose new home will be open to the public at the end of November.

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