Old-fashioned fun: Oldsters rock out at Marine Park

Michael David Band members Felecia Renae and Michael David sing and dance at the Marine Park concert.
Steve Solomonson

A local rhythm-and-blues ensemble rocked Marine Park amid a free concert last week, where the Michael David Band really got the oldsters moving and grooving, according to the bandleader.

“Seniors danced the entire time!” said Michael David, of the Michael David Band. “It really was a lovely event.”

This was the second year Michael David and his band jammed out of Brooklyn’s biggest park, playing classic tunes including The Temptation’s “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” and Ike and Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” for more than two hours to the crowd outside the Carmine Carrow Community Center.

This year, local elected officials including Councilman Alan Maisel, Assemblywoman Jaime Williams, and state Sen. Andrew Gounardes asked David and the band to honor late former Marine Park Councilman Lew Fidler — who passed away in May — by playing tunes from the Broadway classic “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Seniors enjoy the tunes from the Michael David Band at the free Marine Park concert.
Steve Solomonson

“We wanted to do this piece in his honor by singing ‘If I were a Rich Man’. It was really emotional, a number of people were in tears and holding hands,” David said.

The Michael David band hopes that councilman Alan Maisel will call again to perform at the Marine Park concert next year. The concert celebrates the end of spring and the beginning of summer.

Reach reporter Chandler Kidd at ckidd@schenpsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–2525. Follow her at twitter.com/ChanAnnKidd.
Singer Michael David of the Michael David Band sings r&b tunes to seniors at the Marine Park concert.
Steve Solomonson

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