Fifth Annual Harry Chapin Tribute 8/9/10

Update after the show:

The video of what you missed. (Here is the finale! How many folks on stage do you know???)


Harry Chapin by Cindy Funk

Harry Chapin

It’s time for the Fifth Annual Harry Chapin Tribute:at Eisenhower Park Lakeside Theatre Free Summer Entertainment Host Stuart Markus tomorrow Monday August  9 with 18 of Harry Chapin songs!

Admission to the concert is free, but concert-goers are asked to bring donations of non-perishable food for Long Island Cares and cash or check donations for World Hunger Year, charities founded by Chapin.

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Mon Aug 9 Lakeside Theatre Hosts Third Annual Harry Chapin Tribute

In July of 1981, folk singer and activist Harry Chapin died in an auto accident on the way to perform at Eisenhower Park. This summer, on Monday, August 9, at 7 pm, a number of Long Island’s top singer-songwriters will again gather in Eisenhower Park to pay tribute to Chapin at the outdoor theater that bears his name.

This year’s concert will include a ceremony during which Long Island Cares Director Paule Pachter will present a special commemorative plaque to Nassau County for installation near the stage. Chapin’s widow, Sandy, and daughter Jen, herself a touring singer-songwriter, are expected to attend the 7 pm unveiling, as is Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.

Entitled “Just Wild About Harry,” the concert, set to begin at 7:30 p.m., will include 18 of Chapin’s story songs — ranging from hits like “Cat’s In the Cradle” and “Taxi” to lesser-known numbers like “Sunday Morning Sunshine” and “Jubilation.” Besides Markus, artists slated to perform include Hillary Foxsong, Joe Iadanza, Doc Butler & JC Cob, Lisa Itts, Josh Joffen, Debra Lynne & Chris Tursi, Russ Seeger, MediaCrime, Christine Solimeno, Frank Walker, Kenny Forgione, Hank Stone, Judith Zweiman, Martha Trachtenberg & Andy Huenerberg, Cecilia Kirtland, and Kendall & Korb.

“Admission to the concert is free, but concert-goers are asked to bring donations of non-perishable food for Long Island Cares and cash donations for World Hunger Year, charities founded by Chapin.

The concert, organized by Malverne singer-songwriter Stuart Markus, is the fifth annual assemblage of Chapin’s friends and admirers at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park World Hunger Year Executive Director Bill Ayres, who co-founded the organization with Chapin, is expected to be on hand at the concert along with representatives from both charities, to assist with collections. Members of the Island Songwriters Showcase, a workshop group that traces its roots back to Chapin’s living room get-togethers in the 1970s, are also planning to volunteer.

The slate of participating musicians and bands includes

Stuart Markus MC

Other Artists slated to perform include

Hillary Foxsong

Joe Iadanza

Doc Butler & JC Cob

Lisa Itts

Josh Joffen

Debra Lynne & Chris Tursi

Russ Seeger


Christine Solimeno

Frank Walker

Kenny Forgione

Hank Stone

Judith Zweiman

Martha Trachtenberg & Andy Huenerberg

Cecilia Kirtland

Kendall & Korb.

The following credits include information from a previous year!

World Hunger Year Executive Director Bill Ayres;

Long Island Cares Executive Director Paule Pachter.

Alice Hayden, Fashion Consultant;

Amy Tuttle, Stage Mom;

Andy Devay, Stage Assistant;

Mike Kornfelt PR

Robert Berkowitz, Photography & Videography.

Concert organized by Stuart Markus;

Lakeside Theatre is located near parking fields 6 and 6A. Special accommodations are available for disabled patrons, including reserved parking, easily accessible restrooms, and a convenient reserved location on the hill. Assistive hearing devices are available for the hearing impaired. There is no formal seating at Lakeside Theatre, so concert-goers are urged to bring folding chairs.

Eisenhower Park is located in East Meadow with entrances on Hempstead Turnpike at East Meadow Avenue and at the intersection of Stewart and Merrick avenues For more information, call the Public Information at 516-572-0200 weekdays during business hours.

To get to Eisenhower Park, take the Meadowbrook Parkway to Exit 3 (Stewart Avenue) or Exit 4 (Hempstead Turnpike). All evening concerts and movies are held at the Lakeside Theatre.  For these events use Parking Fields 6 & 6A.

All noontime concerts are held in the shady area near Parking Fields 6 & 6A. A Leisure Passport is required.

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