Music Series A Perfect Fit for Rockaway
Rockaway's renaissance has continued at a breathtaking pace. Arverne by the Sea is nearing completion with the first building at The Tides now open. The Rockaway Beach Medical Arts Building will soon be ready to serve the community. One Sixteen is now framed out, and the Rockaway Beach Hotel is not trailing far behind. The Harbor Light can now see the end of the tunnel. All of these things raise expectations of what Rockaway can be and what it can offer to its residents and visitors.
We have never lacked in natural resources and beauty. Our beach and our bay have been the primary forces that have driven ourselves and our predecessors here. We have been fortunate to have outstanding, volunteer-driven sports programs for our children. While schools throughout the peninsula have had varied levels of success, it is undeniable that Scholars' Academy has been a great addition, and an opportunity for high achievers to pursue their academic dreams here in Rockaway. New restaurants and bars that have made Rockaway a culinary destination have sparked much of the momentum of the last ten years, particularly post-Sandy. A plethora of organizations and events now fill our calendars.
Live music is something that particularly makes a community vibrant. There are no lack of offerings in Rockaway, and what once died out after the summer, now continues year round, as our bars and restaurants recognize how live music attracts patrons from our community and beyond. Our musical offerings, however, are mostly homegrown, thanks to an extensive scene of local bands and musicians. For something more than this, it has been necessary to step outside of Rockaway to experience performers with regional, national, and international reputations.
Bugalou Productions has stepped in to try and fill this void, and raise Rockaway's musical offerings to the same level experienced by our neighbors in Long Island, Westchester, Fairfield and New Jersey at venues like The Paramount in Huntington, Westbury Space, Capitol Theater in Port Chester, Tarrytown Music Hall, Ridgefield Playhouse, and Bergen PAC, just to name a few. These communities have multiple venues within 15 minutes. Our closest venues are 45 minutes to an hour with no traffic.
Bugalou has gotten off to a fine start with a mix of artists performing their own material, and some who pay tribute to other artists. Year One included Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Max Weinberg of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and John Sebastian of The Lovin' Spoonful, while Year Two began with three-time Grammy winner, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams.
In order to continue to present and expand these offerings, Bugalou needs not only a consistent turnout of ticket buyers, but also a backbone of supporters who understand the benefit of having these types of performers available here in Rockaway.
Show sponsorship is a great way for a business to support Bugalou. $500 includes 4 front row tickets, show signage including a 5' x 3' banner that the sponsor receives post-show, and recognition in all show advertising and communications. Sponsors to date have included Bungalow Bar, Boarders Surf Shop, TGA-NYC, and Rockaway Beach Golf Club, which will take a second turn as a show sponsor for the next Bugalou show this Saturday, November 24, 7 p.m., at St. Camillus with Desert Highway and The Grayriders. Individuals can purchase Bugalou memberships for $100 that include discounts and advance purchase priority for tickets, an exclusive members' t-shirt, and the satisfaction of knowing that you have made this possible for Rockaway to enjoy.
Upcoming shows include Bugalou's Winter Dance Party on January 5 with Lex Grey and the Urban Pioneers and 3 Sheets to the Wind, plus $3 beer specials; Songwriter Showcase on February 9; Aztec Two-Step on March 9, and Damn the Torpedoes and Wine With Sue on April 6. A special announcement for May 11 is expected soon.
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