Gladys Knight, Gabe Kaplan Open Free Summer Concert Series
State Senator Marty Markowitz (D-Brooklyn) last week announced that the 2001 Seaside Summer Concert Series will open with Gladys Knight next Thursday at 8:00 p.m. Also appearing will be comedian and Brooklyn native Gabe Kaplan, in his first performance in the borough in 25 years.
In the mid 60s, Gladys Knight and the Pips joined Motown Records, and became one of the label’s top hit-making acts, with such songs as "Friendship Train," "I Heard It Through The Grapevine," "It Should Have Been Me," "The End of Our Road" and "If I Were Your Woman." The group won two Grammys in 1973 for the songs "Neither One of Us (Wants to be the First to Say Good-bye)" and the classic "Midnight Train to Georgia." In 1988, they won another Grammy for the song "Love Overboard."
Knight has also had a very successful solo career, singing with Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick and Elton John for the 1986 number one hit "That’s What Friends Are For." Last year, Knight released her newest CD, "At Last."
Gabe Kaplan last performed in Brooklyn 25 years ago, when he was a star of the hit television series "Welcome Back, Kotter." To this day, his humor continues to strike a chord with Brooklynites.
The main sponsors of the Seaside Summer Concert Series are Cablevision; HealthPlus, Chase MasterCard; Toyota Motor USA; Verizon and Key Food.
All shows are held rain or shine Thursday evenings at 8:00 p.m. at the Asser Levy Seaside Park on Seabreeze Avenue at Ocean Parkway in Brighton Beach.
Seating is limited, and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Seats located in the Center Stage area are available for only $5. All other seating is free. All seating donations help to defray the costs of the Seaside Summer concerts.
For more information about upcoming performances at the Seaside Summer Concert Series, please call the concert line at 718-469-1912, Senator Markowitz’s office at 718-284-4700 or visit www.brooklynconcerts.com.