My first Rock Concert in New York City was way back in the early sixties at the Brooklyn Fox Theater. It was New York Disc Jockey and Master of Ceremonies Murray The K along with his Swinging Soiree'.
Little Stevie Wonder, the Drifters, Temptations, Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Miracles, Chiffons, Jan & Dean, Jay and the Americans, Gene Pitney, Martha and the Vandellas, the Searchers, the Duprees, the Ronettes, Gary Lewis and the Playboys and an experience of a lifetime.
My parents loved the music. Growing up in NYC, my Dad had a Big Band orchestra of his own, he played Saxophone and sang. My Mom loved to listen and see the show. They shared that love and brought me to live concerts in Brooklyn to The Fox to see Murray The K's shows.
Me, I was too young to have a sophisticated camera in those days but the memories that were created were a lifetime's worth just being there.
As a teen it was just a subway ride to Greenwich Village and a ticket to Bill Graham's Fillmore East. Tickets then were $3, $4, or $5 for Elton John, The Who, Grateful Dead, Wishbone Ash, Laura Nyro, Jethro Tull, Chambers Brothers, Janis Joplin, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Canned Heat, Iron Butterfly, Led Zepplin, and the Vanilla Fudge. A part time job and an allowance made it easy to see as many concerts as you possibly could.
My Dad even purchased tickets for me at the Madison Square Garden Box Office to see Jim Morrison and the Doors when my best friends parents wouldn't even let them go to NYC to see them.
Those were the days. The music scene in New York City was a cornucopia of aural delight. That early listening included AM Radio stations WINS, WABC, WMCA, WOR and later the new FM radio frequency in 1967 as it opened up windows and doors in musical taste. It included WNEW-FM, WPLJ, WLIR, WBAB, and WRNW and it introduced us to an incredible world of music. That experience made a mark musically, intellectually and emotionally upon me and later presented itself in gig on my college radio station.
From small beginnings at a carrier current amplitude modulated college radio station came a late night FM radio air shift at an NPR affiliate. When college was complete the journey in commercial FM radio began in Progressive Rock and later became AOR Album Oriented Rock. The dream of a lifetime and a 14 year career in radio broadcasting had included on air DJ, Production, Music and Program Director positions in and around New York at various radio stations and call signs with a large bowl of alphabet soup as we knew it.
Along with the extensive three thousand 33 1/3 LP album collection came many radio interviews with celebrity rock performers and a collection of concert stubs that would fill a gallon pitcher.
Yes, those were the days.
Gallery wrapped canvas prints in 16x20, 24x36, 30x40 sizes on .75 and 1.5 gallery mounting and suitable for framing.
Your favorite classic rock artists performing on stage captured in vibrant color on archival art prints suitable for framing.
Since those special music moments growing up life has had its twists and turns. My love of rock and roll turned into fourteen years in FM Rock Radio, and 20 years in Digital and Information Technology, Art, Photography, the Delray Art League as President and countless rock concerts later. All helping to create a portfolio of photos of my favorite bands and musicians.
Rock Me On The Water.
We're lucky to live in paradise. The beach, the ocean, sun, surf and sand. A transistor radio was commonplace on the beach blasting your favorite radio station and DJ playing your favorite songs all summer long.
Life changes as nothing stays the same.
To make a difference in this world as music made a difference for all of us every day of our lives.
So... Keep On Rockin' Me...
Rock Me On the Water.
A special benefit for the BRRHF, Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, the "Go Pink Challenge" and the Lynn Cancer Center in Boca Raton, Florida.
The music has a big heart. And a big heart knows no bounds. Helping others from the heart shares the love of music for the ones we love. In their memory.
I'm no stranger to the pain, suffering and loss of a loved one from triple negative breast cancer. My wife, lover and best friend, Lori a little rock and roller at heart, after making it through the toughest of times in the pandemic, lost her battle with breast cancer in April of 2021.
So... Rock Me On the Water
Join us on Meetup.com and stay informed of the next "Live" event. Support the "Go Pink Challenge" and come and see us at local rock venues here in Delray Beach and South Florida.
We need your help. Palm Beach County Breast Cancer patients, the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation and the Lynn Cancer Center need your help too.
We look forward to meeting you at our next event!
Rock Me On The Water
Ron Rizzi Photography
Nine Drives, LLC
Delray Beach, Florida