Olde Derby Days 2002

Saturday, June 29 & Sunday, June 30

Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge Headline Entertainment

Save the dates as the Cultural Commission is once again making the Derby Green the center of a special weekend of fun and entertainment on June 29 and 30. Full details on some of the major acts are listed below.

Sat. June 29

New Horizon Air Force Band

7-9 PM


The United States Air Force Band of Liberty delivers today's sounds with the New Horizon rock band. Stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, New Horizon is a top quality group of professional musicians, each bringing a wide gamut of musical experience to the group.

New Horizon brings to the stage a blend of rock 'n' roll, country, pop, and other truly American musical idioms. They are equally at home rocking the stage with tunes from Elvis Presley to Sheryl Crow, movin' and shakin' with a Motown classic from The Temptations, or driving home a country hit from The Kentucky Headhunters.

A New Horizon concert is a must-see experience. These enthusiastic musicians combine their great talents as instrumentalists, vocalists, arrangers, and writers to bring their audiences an outstanding musical experience. The group's eclectic makeup delivers true diversity which is the heart of the band's sound. Well trained and highly experienced, the members of New Horizon come to the stage ready to play.

Energy, soul, and experience put these exceptional artists a cut above the rest. When New Horizon takes the stage, they deliver and unforgettable musical event.

Sun. June 30

The Tornados

3-5 PM


A local 4 piece group, The Tornados features Derby Resident Joe Neumann, who will bring you back to the days of bobby socks and poodle skirts.

Sun. June 30

Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge

6-8 PM



The story of Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge is one that spans virtually the entire rock era. It begins with The Crests in the latter half of the 50's, as the marriage of swing, blues and country music was giving birth to rock n' roll, and it continues today, in a period of musical and technological sophistication, with The Brooklyn Bridge, through new recordings, and a stage show that is one of the strongest and most popular on the east coast. In these live appearances, the Bridge takes its audience on a tour through the history of the band and its members, and also offers a glimpse of its current musical direction, all the while showcasing the power and artistry of the incomparable Johnny Maestro. Johnny Maestro began his career singing with a group from Manhattan called The Crests. Their first records (including "My Juanita" and "Sweetest One") generated some regional response, but it was the breakthrough of "Sixteen Candles" that brought them national recognition. A string of hits followed, including "Trouble In Paradise", "Step By Step", "The Angels Listened In", and "Six Nights A Week". The Brooklyn Bridge once again brought nationwide exposure to the voice of Johnny Maestro. His powerful performance of Jim Webb's "The Worst That Could Happen" backed by the Bridge's trademark strong vocal and horn arrangements, led to a gold record for the band and countless concert and television appearances, including one on the Ed Sullivan Show, Mike Douglas, Merv Griffen and Della Reese shows. Other hits followed, including "Welcome Me Love", "Blessed Is The Rain", "Your Husband My Wife", and "You'll Never Walk Alone". By 1972 the Brooklyn Bridge had sold over ten million records and established Johnny Maestro as one of the premier vocal talents of his era. Sold out shows at major clubs and concert halls (such as New York's Bottom Line, Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall, Long Island's Westbury Music Fair, Carneige Hall, Naussau Collesium, New Haven Collesium, Casino's in Atlantic City and numerous
and frequent local and nationwide television appearances will attest to the durability of the group's supporters over the years, but also gathering many new fans as well, it's clear that the story of Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge is one that will continue for a long time to come.

  Take a look back to the 2001 Olde Derby Day festivities.

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