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Summer Concert Double Bill Starring The Commodores, Gladys Knight

August 18, 2012

It was a tremendous final concert of the season in Brooklyn starring the double bill of The Commodores, who performed first, and Gladys Knight who came out second. There was an overflow crowd for the free concert which was staged in Coney Island as part of the Seaside Summer concert series. These and other free concerts have long been presented by Brooklyn borough President Marty Markowitz.

The Commodores with original members William King, Walter “Clyde” Orange and J.D. Nicholas performed many of their hits and King, who named the group by randomly picking a word from the dictionary, is still sensational. The crowd was urged to talk to the people near them and responded by being lively throughout the performance. The Commodores’ songs included a rousing version of “Brick House.”

Gladys Knight is an all time great and she told the audience how much she loved them. She recently appeared on “Dancing with the Stars” and still looks great. The show closed with “Midnight Train to Georgia.” As the song concluded ending the show at at about 11 P.M. I thought about the songs and memories I associated with both The Commodores and Gladys Knight. It is getting toward “midnight” in so many ways. Seeing the songs performed live combined with the memories was a big positive. The concert was well worth the long trip.

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