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POST-GAZE'n'E, JUNE 30, 2017 PAGE 7 Friends o the North End Bocce Banquet The Four C Notes Give a Barn Burner Performance at Vinegar Hill Music Theatre in Arundel, ME Saturday June 175 and Sunday June 185 The Four C Notes Vinegar Hill Music Theatre kicked off their second season with the return of the Four Sea- sons tribute group The Four C Notes led by John Michael Cop- pola. I attended the Saturday night performance at Vinegar Hill Music Theatre, and ff this show was any indication of the upcoming season, it is going to be a hot and lively summer in the converted bum that is one of the most beautiful venues for musical performances in Maine. Dressed in vintage clothing and backed by a terrific seven- piece orchestra, Mr. Coppola was joined by Aaron Davidson, Adrian Aguilar, and Tyler Rav- elson. The Four C Notes do not impersonate the Four Seasons. What they do is put on a won- derful evening comprised of recreating the still very popu- lar music of the group led by Frankie Valli. They do this with energy, enthusiasm, and hu- mor. Mr. Coppola sings the lead with his wonderful falsetto voice and he has what it takes. He also allows the other members of the group to showcase their talents. They all have theatrical backgrounds that add to their performances. The show opened with "De- cember 1963 (Oh, What a Night)," and then the gang moved right into a medley of "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," and "Walk Like a Man." The crowd was already feeling ex- citement as they were clapping and singing along. This was a high energy performance. As the Cs sang "Sunday Kind of Love" a cappella, I thought that much of the Four Seasons' music is actually a cappella with instru- ments added to it. That song led into the very popular "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You." In case you are thinking this Vinegar Hill was strictly a concert with one song after another being per- formed, that was not the case. There was quite a bit of show- manship involved. The Four C Notes were beautifully choreo- graphed as they moved about the stage with precision, but also with an ease that was very natural. The banter was funny and informative. Each member had a distinct personality and they all had fun playing off one another. Tyler Ravelson was the self proclaimed "Bad Boy" of the group and, on top of his marvelous bass voice, he also showed his acting ability. He shined when taking the lead on "Beggin'.~' Aaron Davis stepped forward for the Doo-wop num- ber "Cry for Me ~ and put it over smoothly. It brought the audi- ence back to the days of street corner singing. Adrian Aguilar, who was in Rocky, The Musical on Broad- way, led on "My Eyes Adored You." It looks like Aguilar devel- oped a knock-out of a voice while in Rocky and he was in champi- onship form on this night. I will pass on the "Yol Adrian"jokes as I am sure he has been hearing them long enough. In an interesting medley called Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals Real Estate 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530 Music Theatre "The Ones That Got Away," the group showcased a number of Four Season songs that never made it to number ten on the charts. These included "Save it for Me," "Opus 17," l'ell it to the Rain," and "Girl Come Run- nin'." While I was not familiar with these songs, they had the unmistakable sound that drove so many other songs to the number one spot. The band was showcased at the beginning of the second set as they performed an instru- mental version of "3rease. ~ With one exception, tley were made up of local talelt drawn from the Maine and B)ston ar- eas and were all excellent. Two favorites of mine were there and were absolutely solid as usual: Rob Doquette on drums and the remarkable Tom Snow on keyboards. They are Maine's gift to the music world. In the second set things didn't slow down a bit. ['he Four Seasons had a lot of aits and they were included. 'Dawn," "Big Man in Town," Workin' My Way Back to You," nd "Rag Doll" triggered the Dstalgia nerve in everyone ther. John Michael Coppla, who was in the Chicago prduction of Jersey Boys, is jus superb in so many ways. He hs made this show special in aat it is really a night of great etertaln- ment that leaves the adience yelling for more. His ddication shows alongside his ift as a performer and a s'mgr, a gift that he has made gree use of. With the crowd on its fet, there was certainly going to ~ an en- core, and much like te finale of a Fourth of July d; works display, the boys let all rip out with "Grease" and reprise of "Oh, What a Night.What a finish to a great night,rod Oh! What a night it was. Tournament Champions, L-R: Vito Aluia, Gus Pesaturo, and Commissioner Sam Viseione. Not in picture are team members John Lombardi and Natale DeMarco ~Friends Of The North End" held their Spring/Summer Bocce Banquet on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. This event was held at the Flaming Grill Buffet Restaurant in Revere, MA, and attended by all FONE bocce players and guests. Members of the winning Team #6 were given Championship Certificates and gifts for excellence in Bocce. All players are looking forward to the 2017 Fall/Winter Tournament and will be practicing every Sunday morning throughout the summer months at the outdoor North End bocce courts. Dorothy Curran Wednesday Night Concerts Return July 12th The Dorothy Curran Wednesday Night Concert Series returns from July 12ta through August 30m for another great season of outdoor music to entertain music fans of all ages on City Hall Plaza with Strictly Sinatra by Michael Dutra, Disco Night with Stardust, a tribute to; the great Stevie Wonder with Natural Wonder, and the smooth R&B styling's of Harold Melvin's Blue Notes. Now celebrating 45 years as Boston's longest-running free out- door Concert series, these performances bring four summer nights of great entertainment to this unique venue located in the heart of Boston. All shows begin at 7:00 pm. The series is presented by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Mayor's Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment, and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with title spon- sor Bank of America. Additional support is provided by media sponsor the Boston Herald, night sponsor AARP Massachusetts, and Polar Beverages. The series kicks off July 12th with AARP Massachusetts Night featuring Strictly Si~tra and the music of O1' Blue Eyes as Mi- chael Dutra takes to the stage drawing from a repertoire of more than 500 Sinatra classics. City Hall Plaza favorite Stardust returns on August 16t~ for Disco Night featuring classic dance floor and pop hits. Stardust is, in essence, a "Super-Band" formed by gathering some of the most talented and experienced musicians in the entertainment industry and honed by over a decade of active rotation. On August 23~, Natural Wonder features a full band experi- ence complete with a crack rhythm section, horn section, and the formidable Gabriel Bello, a # 1 Billboard-ranked vocalist, producer and multi-instrumentalist, channeling the energy and artistry that has made Stevie Wonder an icon across decades and genres. The Doro.thy Curmn Wednesday Night Concert Series closes August 30" with the classic PhiUy soul of Harold Melvin's Blue Notes. WWW. BOSTO N POSTG AZ ETTE.CO M