By Marivir R. Montebon
I danced like there’s no deadline. And so did everyone.
Nyack – I could have danced all night with my friends in Linwood Peel’s tribute to The Drifters concert last December 18 at the West Gate Lounge here where New York air was freshly scented. But the one and a half hours of Christmas show was a perfect way to enjoy the year-end holidays.
I jumped out of my chair when songs like Under the Boardwalk, Save the Last Dance for Me, Stand by Me, and Up on the Roof began to play. It didn’t matter that my feet have often been rhythmically challenged. I danced like there’s no deadline. And so did everyone.
Linwood Peel with Ira Greig, Smokey Noble, and Stephon Jones, definitely suave performers, sang beautiful favorites popularized by The Drifters in the 1950s. The highly energized concert was produced by Linwood and the LinRa Promotions.
New York city-based Chelsie May Burgos opened the concert, belting out “I will survive” – the remake version of Filipino singer Charice. Trained by her own mom Aileen, Chelsie definitely fired up guests to rush to the dance floor during the entire show.
Linwood and his group will tour early next year in Delaware and Washington, DC. His music continues to be sought after, they have actually been booked for the entire 2016 already.