“Even though John couldn’t be there on Sunday, he was still the life of the party, Garden State Line lead singer Tam Garcia said afterwards. “We can hold our heads high, and, as John would say, ‘Recognize!’ We all came together, and we’re able to turn the light on in the dark.” Hailey Rose was 2-years-old when her father was killed in his Raritan Township home. Niko’s longtime friend Gary Passarelli, 39, of North Plainfield has been charged in the murder . Niko’s family and friends don’t want his daughter to forget her dad, and on Sept. 8 held an all-day, all-volunteer benefit filled with bands and comedy acts at the Dunellen Theater. Organizers reported the outcome. It’s was just the kind of event her dad would have loved to organize and attend, said decades-long family friend Anthony Delacruz. Niko, 35, was a managing partner at eSOZO Computer and Network Services in Flemington and a Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce award winner. Concerned co-workers called police when Niko didn’t arrive at work on May 31. The benefit concert was presented by Garden State Line and JackedCat Productions. JackedCat manager and producer Dave Pirrocco said, “We could not have asked for a better day. All the performers were amazing. The volunteers gave it their all and were a great bunch of people to work with.
Because that process takes a few minutes and access to our internal online system is tenuous on a wireless connection, I prepare the empty shell in advance. It saves time on a tight deadline at the end of the night. At the arena, I write the review as a Word document on a laptop during the show, then copy it into the prepared file to be posted on the Soundboard blog. I haven’t figured out a way to write about a show without being there, but I’m sure someone at our company is working on it. Hey, I appreciate the passion of concert fans, even when they don’t agree with me. I’ll be out again on Friday to review alternative R&B act The Weeknd at Hard Rock Live. Strange as it sounds, a positive concert review doesn’t absolve the critic from hearing it from disappointed fans. I offered praise of country legend Loretta Lynn for performing with three broken ribs recently at the Peabody in Daytona Beach. Yeah, she had a few shaky moments and I would have enjoyed watching her for more than 65 minutes, but I still enjoyed it. Not everyone. “Love your stuff most of the time, but I’m wondering if you were at the same show I saw,” emailed Elisa Meyer Steinhaus. “It was awful.
Lionel Richie concert review: Endless hits at the Patriot Center
The good news is, were going to sing all the songs. The bad news is, I hope I can remember them. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Richies been crooning the same songs for so long Penny Lover, Truly, Ballerina Girl, Lady that he could probably sing them in his sleep. The same could be said of the members of the predominantly middle-aged crowd. We have known each other a long time, he cooed onstage, flashing a big smile at the ladies in the front row who werent seat-sharing but instead jumping up and down and shrieking. Richie instructed people in the arena to go back in time and reminisce about when they first heard his songs, and where you were, what you were doing and who you were doing it with. From the dreamy looks on many peoples faces, those were some happy memories. What could have been an incredibly sleepy affair with so many slow love songs actually zoomed by, as Richie basked in his former glory, strolling back and forth across the stage, pausing to tell the history of some of his (and the Commodores) most well-known hits, including Still, Stuck On You and Three Times a Lady. Richies voice, strained at some points, still provided enough power for bursts of energy for Dancing on the Ceiling and the island-themed smash All Night Long. Although it was a little unsettling to see Richie (whos Grandpa Lionel now, he reminded everyone, although his grandkids call him Pop Pop) make the hourglass-figure hand motions with Brick House. But Richie embraced the cheesiness, with some especially awkward dancing: lots of hip swivels and pointing of index fingers in the air. Easily winded, he caught his breath a couple times as he soaked in the screams from the audience and wiped the sweat from his forehead with a small towel. No mention was made of his recent return to pop-culture relevance with last years Tuskegee , a compilation of countrified versions of his songs featuring guest stars that include Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean. It was his first No. 1 album in 25 years. Instead, the concert remained all about the past, culminating in a long shout-out to Michael Jackson when Richie closed with We Are the World. Curiously, the feel-good group hug of an evening ended on a somber note. What really disturbed Jackson, Richie recalled, was that after they wrote the song, it didnt seem to change anything.