Patchogue Theatre Presents Love in the Lobby Dec. 10
Local Musicians Headline Toys for Tots Holiday Edition of Live in the Lobby
The volunteers for the Live in the Lobby concert series at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts (PTPA) dedicate a great deal of time and talent to present original music to a loyal and ever-growing audience. Since the series started in 2005, it has gained a well-earned reputation among musicians and music fans as one of the best venues on Long Island to discover and experience this increasingly hard to find music. But the volunteers wanted to do more, especially during the holiday season. Finally, several things have come together for what promises to be a terrific musical event and the Toys for Tots benefit called Love in the Lobby, scheduled for the evening of Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
The driving forces behind Love in the Lobby are Christopher Capobianco, Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts board member and curator of the Live in the Lobby series, musicians John Brzoza of Westhampton, who previously performed in the lobby during the 2006 season, and Jesse Haynes, another Live in the Lobby veteran who brought the Toys for Tots theme to the table. Haynes has been successfully headlining the Toys for Tots events across Long Island for the past six years and felt it would be a good fit for the Live in the Lobby series. Capobianco brought it to the PTPA board of directors who threw their enthusiastic support behind the event, agreed to host the concert and serve as a toy collection center for the evening. Soon after, the United States Marines signed on to be part of the event, too.
In addition to Brzoza and Haynes, up and coming local musicians Jordan Hope and Satchel Boogie will share the bill for what will be an entire evening of original music backed by Brzoza and his band.
Singer, songwriter and guitarist John Brzoza is widely recognized as one of the premiere musical talents on Long Island. He has recorded several solo albums and has been featured on albums with various other bands. He has also served for over 18 years as a host for open mic nights across Long Island, providing many local artists their first opportunity to gain wide exposure in the region.
Jessie Haynes burst on the scene in the 1990s as lead guitarist and singer for the all-female band Sweet Little Sister. She went on to play guitar and perform backup vocals for Richie Blackmore of Deep Purple when he went on tour with his solo project Blackmore’s Night. She later settled in Quogue to start a family and a solo career where she met Brzoza. The two went on to collaborate on several songs and live performances including “Patchogue Jam 2” at the Patchogue Theatre in 2006.
Jordan Hope, of Medford, found Brzoza at one of his open mic nights. John and his band eventually backed her on several songs on her 2008 debut album Love, which caught the attention of music fans and musicians alike because of her smooth voice, catchy lyrics and rhythmic guitar riffs.
Back in his home state of Arkansas, Steven Meadors fronted the band Satchel Boogie. When his professional career took him to Long Island, he found Brzoza at an open mic night. Before long, John and his band were backing Meadors in an all-new version of Satchel Boogie.
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Published December 3, 2009
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