Driftin’ Memories Concert – for sure one of 2018’s best in the community
By Marivir R. Montebon
New York City – People danced for fun and peace all night long to timeless doo wop music in the Driftin’ Memories concert with Linwood Peel, Andre, and Stephon at the 4w 43rd Street in the city. Opened by sultry Philippine singer Angel Ram, the February 26 evening went down easily to be one of the best of 2018’s concerts in the communities here. Produced by the LinRa Productions for the benefit of the ACLC’s peace project in South Korea, attendees could not help but jump out of their seats to dance to the pleasant and easy tunes of #undertheboardwalk #sugarpiehoneybunch #pleasestay #standbyme #savethelastdanceforme #higherandhigher.
The concert, hosted by Bp. Rene Ballenas, was brought in part by Ms. Debra Simsek of Paparazzi jewelry and OSM! online magazine. Doo Wop is a genre of music developed by African-American singers in the 1950s till the mid 1960s characterized by vocal harmony, less instrumentation, and with a simple beat, lyrics, and music. The big names in this genre top bills The Drifters, The Platters, and The Orioles.
LinRa Productions manager Kaye Moran said she was happy that New York’s diverse communities have been thrilled and enjoyed the concert fully. “The group just concluded a sold-out concert in Delaware before coming to New York. We are glad to be received well all the time. Their music is timeless, and the singers are just superb,” said Moran. The Mel Miller Band accompanied the sensational singers Linwood, Stephon, and Andre that night.
(Featured photo are key women in the Philippine community enjoying themselves: Who’s Who magazine publisher Myrna Gutierrez, community leader Alice Soriano, and Dr. Alice of the Monarch Medical Aesthetics.)