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Ronnie Spector to Perform at Bridge Street’s 7th Anniversary Celebration

September 29, 2016 Arts and Entertainment, Community No Comments
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COLLINSVILLE —41 Bridge Street, the intimate art-deco music and comedy venue located on the scenic Farmington River in Collinsville, Connecticut, has built a multi-state reputation for presenting the best nationally touring talent in the business (Jimmie Vaughan, Rickie Lee Jones, Janis Ian, Gilbert Gottfried, Rachel Feinstein). On Saturday, Oct. 1, 41 Bridge Street celebrates its Seventh Anniversary with a Rock & Roll Party headlined by the original Bad Girl of Rock & Roll, Ronnie Spector, performing Ronnie Sings the Fabulous Ronettes & more, along with Random Concept, featuring the acclaimed psych–folk singer/songwriter Gary Higgins.

As lead singer of the ultimate girl group The Ronettes, rock icon Ronnie Spector recorded such timeless hits as the Grammy Award–winning “Walking in the Rain,” “Do I Love You,” “Baby I Love You,” “The Best Part of Breaking Up,” “I Can Hear Music,” and the international Number One smash “Be My Baby.” Never one to rest on her laurels, Ronnie has enjoyed a busy 2016: she recently returned from her UK/EU tour, culmi­nating in a Glastonbury Festival performance that garnered a five–star review in The Telegraph (UK)—that set can now be viewed on MTV Live, Palladia and BBC America Television. The tour was in support of English Heart (2016), the British Invasion–themed album that is Ronnie’s first new full–length album in a decade. Featuring songs originated by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Dave Clark Five, the Bee Gees, and others, English Heart commemorates the Ronettes’ groundbreaking U.K. tour of January 1964. In keeping with this anniversary theme, this summer marked the 30th anniversary of Ronnie’s duet with Eddie Money, “Take Me Home Tonight,” which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and hung on the chart for 23 weeks; the song was nominated for a Grammy Award and became a heavy–rotation video on MTV.

Falls Village, Connecticut’s own psych–folk enigma Gary Higgins will open up the party with Random Concept, the group he founded in 1965. In addition to Random Concept originals and covers, Gary will also perform songs from his album Red Hash, which has become a favorite of record collectors and critics alike since its original release in 1973. Entertainment Weekly named Red Hash the sixth highest–rated album of 1973, alongside Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy and the Grateful Dead’s Wake of the Flood. “On Red Hash, his guitar and soul–sick (but often uplifting) voice are accented with rich cello, piano, organ, mandolin, flute, and bass,” wrote Brandon Stosuy for Pitchfork. “The sounds are melancholy but never inaccessible: This is folk both your uncle and WFMU will (and do) love.”

Tickets to the Seventh Anniversary Rock & Roll Party featuring Ronnie Spector with Gary Higgins & Random Concept are $50 for General Admission and $75 for VIP seat­ing. Tickets can be purchased online at www.41bridgestreet.com or by calling (860) 693–9762 during box office hours (5:00–9:00 p.m. on evenings when shows are scheduled).

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