''Music for the Generations'' José Feliciano & Peabo Bryson to Play Inaugural Concert at Shaboo Stage
José Feliciano is a nine time Grammy winning artist who is a household name all over Latin America and Europe. Some of his most well-known songs include: "Light My Fire;" "Feliz Navidad;" "Affirmation;" and "Angela."
Peabo Bryson is a two time R&B Grammy winner best known for his songs "Beauty and the Beast" with Celine Dion and the Oscar winning "A Whole New World" with Regina Belle. Some of his other hits include: "Feel the Fire;" "I’m So Into You;" "We’re the Best of Friends" with Natalie Cole; "Tonight I Celebrate My Love" with Roberta Flack; "If Ever You’re in My Arms Again;" and "Can You Stop the Rain."
This concert will be the inaugural event for the newly constructed Shaboo stage in Jillson Square named after the famous Shaboo Inn nightclub, which was a premier music club in the northeast in the 1970s. The name Shaboo was chosen as the stage name due to the huge role that the former Shaboo Inn nightclub played in Willimantic’s history and the music world. The Shaboo Inn nightclub hosted nearly 3,000 concerts during its 11 years, including: AC/DC, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Journey, Bonnie Raitt, Miles Davis,Tom Petty (opening for NRBQ), Tom Waits, Freddie King, Buddy Rich, Dire Straits and countless others.
During the concert, food and beverages will be available for purchase from 10 food trucks and Willimantic Brewing Company, Sharpe Hill Vineyards, and Hosmer Mountain Soda. In addition to general admission tickets, there will also be a VIP Tent offering prime viewing of the concert, a sit-down meal, and preferred parking. There will also be a brief dedication ceremony for the Shaboo stage that will include many local dignitaries who were instrumental in the development of this new community venue. This event was made possible through the many contributions by local business owners, the town and community partners who are donating goods, services and time.
The money raised through this concert will benefit the patients of Generations Family Health Center (Generations). Generations is a private, not-for-profit, regional Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that has been serving eastern Connecticut for 35 years. Generations provides a full continuum of primary health care, oral health care, behavioral health care and health education for people of all ages through sites in Willimantic, Norwich, Putnam, Danielson, Putnam School Based Health Center and in the community through its mobile dental programs. Generations is accredited by the Joint Commission and is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Patient Centered Medical Home. Generations’ mission is to provide quality, compassionate and professional health care that is affordable, easily accessible and without discrimination to all members of the communities served. Last year, Generations provided over 22,000 visits to some 15,500 patients.
According to Arvind Shaw, Chief Executive Officer, “We are so honored that our patients are the beneficiary of the first ever concert on the NEW Shaboo stage in Willimantic, Connecticut on Friday night, August 3rd. We are thrilled that these Grammy winning artists, José and Peabo will be playing right here in Willimantic. This is going to be a great evening of music, food, drink and fun that will bring lots of folks and business to downtown Willimantic! We are also thrilled that the music on the Shaboo Stage will continue on Saturday and will benefit our community partners, The Covenant Soup Kitchen, the No Freeze Shelter and WAIM (Windham Area Interfaith Ministry). The Shaboo All-Stars and Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin band will be performing on Saturday.” All-Stars with special guests, and Get the Led Out: American Led Zeppelin.
Tickets for the Friday night, August 3rd concert are only $30 plus applicable fees per person and go on sale FRIDAY, JUNE, 1st. Tickets can be bought on-line at genhealth.org/concert or at the Willimantic Food Co-op located at 91 Valley Street in Willimantic. The gates open at 4:00 pm.
For more information about the VIP and Sponsorship opportunities as well as the evening’s schedule, go to genhealth.org/concert. For more information about the Saturday, August 4th Concert go to Shabooreunion.com for more information and tickets