An Afternoon at the 29th Annual (2011) Lead East
September 3, 2011, Parsippany, NJ
 

On Saturday afternoon, September 3, 2011, we dropped by the 29th Annual (2011) Lead East at the Parsippani (NJ) Hilton.  Billed as the world's biggest 1950's party, Lead East has more classic cars, vocal groups and fifties music than you can imagine.  The celebration had begun on Wednesday evening and ran through Sunday, featuring three major oldies concerts, two acappella group concerts and numerous activities besides 1800 vintage cars from 22 states.  We wish we could have caught some of our favorite groups in concert like the Harptones, Dubs, Passions, Earls, Drifters and others but time is limited and we could only stay for an afternoon.  Still, we got to hear a lot of hear a lot of great vocal harmony and had a great time.  Here are a few random photos.


   

Charlie & Pam at Lead East
(Photo courtesy of John Bishop)
 


 




(Photo courtesy of John Bishop)


(Photo courtesy of John Bishop)


We were happy to see our friend Bob Belniak from the New England Doo-Wop Society and Echoes of the Past magazine, there.


New England Doo Wop Society table


Bob Belniak, Pam & Charlie
Fifties' band Yesterdaze performs in the background.


Bob Belniak & Charlie


Inside, we caught the Saturday afternoon acappella concert, featuring the Norristones, Desire, Magic Touch, Memories of You, the Tribunes and Classic Sounds.  We thought all six groups were outstanding.  The concert was MC's by our friend Cool Bobby B from Sirius/XM Radio's "Doo Wop Stop".


Charlie backstage with Cool Bobby B
 


The Norristones from Norristown, PA
 


John Jones leading the Norristones from the ballroom floor.
John perfoms a great version of the Flamingos' "I'll Be Home"


The Norristones


Norristones' John Jones & Charlie


The acappella group, Desire, on stage
(Photo courtesy of Johyn Bishop)


Desire


Magic Touch on stage


Magic Touch


Memories of You


The Tribunes


Classic Sounds


Group harmony was everywhere.  Here our friend Johnnie Barlow from
the Sheps (in white) leads an impromptu hallway acappella sing.
 

Echoes of Time singing acappella outside


The Fifties Karaoke and Open Mike, held in the hotel lobby atrium always draws a big crowd.  In addition to karaoke, vocal groups are encouraged to perform with or without music tracks.


Fifties Karaoke and Open Mike


Party of Five singing acappella at Open Mike


Echoes of Tyme


Our friends, "Still Around" singing acappella


Still Around
(Photo courtesy of John Bishop)


Echoes of Time, rehearsing.
The group would perform at Lead east on Sunday.
(Photo courtesy of John Bishop)

 

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