WFMU will preempt its regular irregular programming on Saturday, July 30th, to bring forth the most stunning and comprehensive array of female vocalists ever assembled on one stage! Live from the Damrosch Park bandshell in Manhattan, Lincoln Center Out of Doors and The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation will present She's Got the Power: A Girl Group Extravaganza. The lineup promises a veritable cornucopia of feminine vocal and songwriting prowess, and WFMU has been entrusted to disseminate every single blessed note to you in return.
This five-hour-long stage spectacular, from 5pm to 10pm ET, is a roll call of girl group and female solo vocal greats: Ronnie Spector (the Ronettes' namesake was just added to the bill), Lesley Gore, La La Brooks (of the Crystals), Arlene Smith (of the Chantels), Maxine Brown, Barbara Harris (of the Toys), Margaret Ross (of the Cookies), Brenda Reid and Lillian Walker Moss (of the Exciters), Peggy Santiglia Davison and Jiggs Sirico (of the Angels), Beverly Warren (of the Raindrops), Nanette Licori (of the Delrons), Baby Washington and Toni Wine.
Yet WFMU's commitment to this event will have us on the air for nine — count 'em, nine — hours, beginning at 1pm ET! The festivities will be hosted by WFMU boss jocks Rex, Dave the Spazz, Debbie D. and yours truly, Gaylord Fields — we'll be the ones committed to wearing our new matching gold blazers in the sweltering summer heat — beginning at 1 with a live broadcast of Rex's Fool's Paradise program. The radio proceedings continue with tunes and interviews, cranking up the anticipation till the ladies strut their stuff onstage at the 5 o'clock hour.
To whet your appetite, on the Thursday, July 28th edition of Music to Spazz By, Dave the Spazz will host a 45 party, with Billy Miller of Norton Records prying open his record vault to musically air out some of his rare girl group singles. And if that's doesn't sate you, if you're in the greater NYC area and plan on attending the absolutely free concert on Saturday, stop by the officially sanctioned WFMU Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban Internet stream meet-up. Hoist a brew with Debbie D. and the rest of the Gold Blazer Gang at P.J. Clarke's from 3 to about 4:45 to get in the mood to sing along once the show starts.