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Motown tunes come to Howard Beach

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Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:51 am, Thu Oct 10, 2013.

A library is typically a quiet place, but not when there’s a pop music concert going on, and that was the case Monday afternoon at the Howard Beach branch of the Queens Library.

The sounds of Motown came to the library courtesy of Susanne LoFaso and Vincent Roccaro, who make up the duo Vintage Bliss.

Residents who were just in the library to take out books or use the computers told the duo that the show was really a great treat for them because they never expected to be entertained while they were reading and doing their research. The audience sang along and danced to the tunes.

The duo’s repertoire at the library included Aretha Franklin’s “Baby I Love You,” and “Chain of Fools,” Martha and the Vandellas’ “Dancing in the Street,” The Four Tops,” “I Can’t Help Myself” and the Drifters’ “Up on the Roof” and Under the Boardwalk.”

“We have a really good time with the audience, we get the audience involved,” said Roccaro, adding, “We had a really fun day with the crowd at Howard Beach.”

LoFaso, who started her music career at age 7, is currently a member of the girl group, “the Chiclettes.”

Roccaro began his music career at 13. An admirer of Bobby Darin, he has performed some the singer’s greatest hits, including “Dream Lover,” “Mack the Knife” and “Beyond the Sea.”

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