The 50s and 60s Come Alive at Tanner Park

Hundreds of residents gathered at the Tanner Park Bandshell for the outdoor concert given by Kenny Vance and the Planatones.

While , Beatles tribute band, kicked off the July 4 weekend, closed it out.

Both were part of the free , which mainly takes place at the in nearby Copiague at the end of Baylawn Avenue.

Kenny Vance and his fellow musicians that make up the Planatones took the Wednesday evening and played classics from the 50s and 60s to a huge audience. Indeed, the concert drew hundreds of Babylon town residents to the beautiful overlooking the Great South Bay.

The event was hosted by , Town of Babylon and . He was joined by several other officials, including Jackie Gordon, Town of Babylon councilwoman and Sharon Fattoruso, president of the Copiague Chamber of Commerce.

"Thank you all for coming out here on this beautiful evening to enjoy music from the legendary Kenny Vance and the Planatones. They're a terrific group, and the is honored to have them," said .

Sponsored by Long Island radio station B.103, Kenny Vance and the Planatones opened the concert up with Come Go with Me by The Del Vikings.

"What a pretty crowd this is. Thank you for having us," said lead singer Vance as the band took the stage. The band played other classics such as In The Still of The Night by The Five Satins and songs by Dion and the Belmonts.

"What a treat it was to have them play here," said Bruce M., a Babylon resident in attendance with his wife. "This is the music we grew up with, and they play the songs just right."

Kenny Vance and the Planatones is Kenny Vance, Johnny Gale, Kurt "Frenchy" Yahjian, Jimmy Bense, Chip Degaard and Tony Gallino.

Vance is former member of Jay and the Americans, and was a guest singer on Saturday Night Live in 1977.

Take at the July 6 concert by flipping through the photos.

Donna Conti July 10, 2011 at 06:52 PM
Strawberry Fields was awesome! Looking forward to Mickey Dolenz <3


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