OPENING SHOW: R&B, Motown and rock at the Huntington Green concert tonight

The Bernadettes, a rhythm-and-blues band, will perform from 7-9 p.m. at the Huntington Green in Shelton tonight, Wednesday, June 25.

The Bernadettes perform a concert at a yacht club. (Photos from The Bernadettes website)

The Bernadettes perform a concert at a yacht club. (Photos from The Bernadettes website)

The performance will open the 2014 Music Under the Stars concert series.

With inclement weather possible as of mid-Wednesday afternoon, people can call the Shelton Parks and Recreation Department’s cancellation line at 203-331-4120 for a status update.

 

Blues, Motown, rock, funk, dance

The Bernadettes began in the early 1990s as a traditional-style blues band, covering songs by the likes of Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

But the band soon began experimenting with their own unique versions of R&B classics from James Brown, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding and their contemporaries.

This evolved further with the addition of classic Motown hits, contemporary funk, soul and R&B-flavored rock songs to their large and varied, dance-oriented song list. The resulting mix has become the staple of the band’s offering to live audiences.

The Bernadettes have been voted the Best Rhythm and Blues Band and the Number 1 Bar Band by readers of a New Haven publication.

 

‘A memorable evening’

“A constantly growing songlist, matched with the band’s frenetic brand of soul, make for a memorable evening for anyone who wants to move their feet and dance to the beat,” according to publicity material.

Members of The Bernadettes are:

— Don DeStefano (harmonica, slide guitar, rhythm guitar)

— Sheila Fabrizio (lead vocals)

— Paul Georgia (drums, vocals)

— Brian Johnson (bass guitar, vocals)

— Bryan Kearney (lead vocals)

— Jim Kader Jr. (lead and rhythm guitar)

— Mark Spicer (keyboards, vocals)

— Dean Kosh (drums, vocals)

— Mark Spicer (keyboards, vocals)

 

Upcoming Shelton concerts

The Music Under the Stars concerts are free evenings of outdoor music every Wednesday in the summer from 7-9 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Rain date is the following evening (in case of inclement weather, call 203-331-4120).

The series is presented by the Shelton Parks and Recreation Department. Upcoming shows are:

 

July 3*

The Glamour Girls

*Special Thursday concert to be held at the Riverwalk to correspond with annual fireworks display; rain date is July 5.

 

July 9

The Navels

 

July 16**

Highland Rovers

**This show will be at the Riverwalk.

 

July 23

Gunsmoke

 

July 30

Fools on the Hill

 

Aug. 6

Mia & The Riff

(6 p.m., children’s show with Lynn Lewis & Friends) –

 

Aug. 13

Silent Majority

 

Aug. 20

Midnight Rodeo

 

Aug. 27

The Barons

 

 

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