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Johnny Cash-esque rockabilly in Bayside

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Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:30 am

Local residents can take out their lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets and get ready for an evening of country music and rock’n’roll at Crocheron Park in Bayside.

The Bayside Historical Society Annual Lawn Concert will be held on Sunday, June 30 at 6 p.m. and is offering music from Rear View Mirror and Savannah Sky during the free summer event.

“Every year for a long time they’ve been doing this,” Alexandria Dunne, a trustee on the BHS board and the planner of this year’s concert, said. “It’ll just be a great day.”

Rear View Mirror and Savannah Sky are led by Nina Gordon. Both feature four lead vocals, harmonies and are family-friendly for all ages.

Gordon grew up in Great Neck but moved to Bayside years later with her husband, where she lives now. Her two children, Schuyler and Savannah, are the inspiration for the band name for Savannah Sky, and the name Rear View Mirror is a play on words regarding their variety of older music — that, and their first performance turned out to be at a car show.

“I was delighted to have the opportunity,” Gordon said about the lawn concert. “Crocheron Park is a beautiful park.”

Savannah Sky performs country and rockabilly music, and has opened for acts such as Johnny Cash at the Hunter Mountain Country Music Festival, along with playing regularly at the Queens County Farm.

Rear View Mirror is a newer project under Gordon and offers a variety of pop music from the 1960s and 1970s.

“She does a lot of local stuff,” Dunne, who suggested Gordon, said about the musician. “There’s a nice variety of music.”

The Bayside Historical Society Annual Lawn Concert is being co-sponsored with the Parks Department and will be held on the sledding hill at the park. The society works to accumulate and preserve information regarding Bayside’s history and focuses on the preservation and restoration of the Lawrence Family Cemetery, Alley Pond and Fort Totten, which houses the historical society. The lawn concert is one of the many events it has for the community.

“We usually get quite a crowd,” Dunne, who has been attending for years, said. “It’s going to be fun.”

Bayside lawn concert

When: Sunday, June 30 at 6 p.m.

Where: Crocheron Park, Bayside at 35th Ave. and 216th St.

Tickets: Free, (718) 352-1548

baysidehistorical.org

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