Bearing Witness: Oldies group rocks out at summer concert series

Summer nights: Oldies band Witness serenades the crowd at Marty Golden’s summer concert series in Marine Park on Aug. 16.
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Call it an oldie but a goodie.

Music lovers gathered in Marine Park on Aug. 16 to dance to Witness, a six-piece rock-and-oldies band, as part of the free summer concert series sponsored by state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Marine Park). The band stuck to playing golden oldies, especially from the ’50s and ’70s, according to one attendee, who said the genre is hard to come by at live concerts.

“It was very, very enjoyable. You don’t get to hear the oldies anymore,” said Linda Goldstein. “Since I grew up in the ’50s, that’s my music.”

Goldstein had to take two busses to get to the concerts in Marine Park from her home in Starrett City, but she said that it is always worth it.

“I just try to get to the concerts as much as I can,” she said.

Another attendee said the concerts are best when the musicians get the audience on their feet.

“I just enjoy dancing and music,” said Isabel Machiavelo, who swayed under the sun and stars to the tunes of Witness with her friend, Vinny Castano, along much of the rest of the crowd. “We had some line dances and we had couples that were dancing.”

Witness was formed in 1974 and has played at the previous two summer concert series.

The free concerts have been playing every Wednesday — and sometimes more — all summer, with the final two shows of the summer slated for next week, featuring the Canny Brothers and New York Exceptions.

Marty Golden’s Summer Concert Series (Fillmore Avenue and Madison Place). The Canny Brothers at Irish Night at Shore Road & 79th St. on Aug. 22, and New York Exceptions on Aug. 23. 7 pm. Free.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Posted 12:00 am, August 22, 2017
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