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Legends Concert Rocks in Harrison

HARRISON, N.Y – Highlighted by Beatles tribute band Strawberry Fields, “Legends in Concert” rocked Louis M. Klein Middle School Saturday night all the while raising money for the Harrison High School (HHS) baseball and softball teams.

“This music is timeless,” said Strawberry Fields Founder Tony Garofalo. “People of all ages know the songs and are very enthusiastic to hear them. The Beatles music discusses topics like politics and romance, which are all relative now. We’re lucky that we get to do this for a living.”

But Strawberry Fields was only one act in the lineup, which also featured the New York Rat Pack, Bobby Valli, Bobby Palermo and Jackie DiMaggio performing classic songs for the audience. Nicky Ciaramella, who has been putting on both “oldies” and “legends” show for 30 years said that the reason he continues to set up these shows is due to the demand for them.

“A lot of the kids know the songs and they are happy to hear them,” Ciaramella said. “This music is still used in movies and commercials to this day. Why people like it explains itself.”

According to HHS senior Alyx Scapperotti, a member of the school’s softball team, the draw to the music for high school students is that it is different than what they are used to hearing.

With both the baseball and softball teams departing for Florida on March 31, the money the show raises is much appreciated.

“I’ve been playing softball all of my life and I’m happy that this show helps me get the opportunity to go play in another state,”

Scapperotti said. “We want to bring awareness to our teams so people will come out and support us.”

Emcee Dennis Nardone has hosted the event for the past five years. Having worked with Ciaramella in some capacity over the past 20 years, Nardone is happy that the community not only gets to enjoy a night of great music but gets to support local students as well.

“We are preserving the icons of yesterday,” Nardone said. “The kids love to hear the music from our generation.”

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