Concert Films Rock Westhampton

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Little Richard from the film “Little Richard - The Inventor Of Rock and Roll.”

Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (WHBPAC) is presenting concert films in a drive-in format at the Westhampton Presbyterian Church (90 Meeting House Road, Westhampton Beach). Get a look at rare concert footage from the comfort of your own car (patrons will not be able to get out of their vehicles). Sound is broadcast via FM radio. Presented by Shelley Archives Inc., films will feature guest lecturer Bill Shelley,

On Wednesday, September30 at 7:30 p.m., the PAC screens “Little Richard – The Inventor Of Rock and Roll.”

Little Richard was the originator of the sound known as rock and roll, and along with his pounding, hard driving piano playing, and raspy whoop and holler singing and original songwriting style, Richard Wayne Penniman became the first super star of rock and roll’s first generation. Dressed in flamboyant clothes, androgynous makeup and a pompadour hair style, Little Richard was a high voltage sensation in concerts and on records, with #1 hit songs like “Long Tall Sally”, “Tutti Fruiti”, and more. His music during the 1950s and 1960s integrated teenagers throughout America.

Celebrate the life and career of the sensational Little Richard with a vast collection of rare live concert footage and television performances from all around the world.

On Monday, October 5, the PAC screens “The Ladies Of Rock, Pop and Soul (1960s – 1980s).”

Throughout time, there have been strong female vocalists who propelled their songs to fame due to their unique talents and charisma. These women could sing all genres, including the Girl Group style, soul, country, rock, pop, ballads and disco. Among the singers to be featured in this program will be Darlene Love, Janis Joplin, Dusty Springfield, Leslie Gore, Cher, Tina Turner, Donna Summer, The Shangri-La’s, and many more. Many wrote their own songs, which helped them on the road to fame. They owned the record charts and commanded the stage. In the 1960s the recording industry was run by men, but these ladies of rock, pop and soul, kicked down the doors, crashed the gates and showed the boys how to make a hit record. Join in and celebrate these many women who rock.

No sales will be done on the site, so make reservations for a space, which will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Price is $50 per car load. Visit whbpac.org to purchase tickets.

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