The Legendary ZEBRA Performing Their Debut Album In It’s Entirety, PLUS a Set of Led Zeppelin ZEBRA Fans Are Sure to Enjoy, and
the Original Rat Race Choir Together with Original Members for the First Time in 20 Years LIVE at Mulcahy’s in Wantagh
Wantagh, NY (May, 2017) — This winter, in celebration of their first Long Island appearance 40 years ago – Loaded Concerts and WBAB 102.3’s own Fingers will present the SECOND INSTALLMENT of legendary rock band ZEBRA (Hammerheads Reunion II!) performing their 1983 debut self-titled album (which went GOLD and became the fastest selling debut album in the history of Atlantic Records) live at Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall along with
The Original Rat Race Choir’s first reunion of the original members in 20 years Friday, December 1st and Saturday, December 2nd! The bands will be joined by LI’s own VIXEN (Fri, 12/1) and White Fire (Sat, 12/2)!
“We are extremely excited to be celebrating the 40th year of our journey from New Orleans to Long Island with our great friends Rat Race Choir. Our first Long Island show ever was with Rat Race. They made us feel right at home that night and we have been great friends ever since !! ” – Randy Jackson of ZEBRA
ZEBRA came out of New Orleans in early 1975. The trio, consisting of Randy
Jackson, Felix Hanemann and Guy Gelso, concocted their moniker from a 1926 Vogue magazine cover and soon won over the South and East Coast. Their mainstream debut on Atlantic Records was in 1983 with their eponymous album, produced by Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick) and highlighted by the singles “Tell Me What You Want” and “Who’s Behind The Door?” Zebra got their start on the US East Coast club circuit, frequently playing at clubs on Long Island. The band started their career by playing covers of Led Zeppelin, The Moody Blues and Rush songs, and it was their early fans’ reaction to their Led Zeppelin renditions that helped convince the band to bring their act to New York. They had introduced their original material into their cover sets years before they were signed to Atlantic Records, including “The La La Song,” “Free” and “Bears” (originally entitled “The Bears are Hibernating”).
Zebra had been noticed by local colleges and even had some of their early original performances recorded by WBAB, culminating in the inclusion of one of their songs on a release of “WBAB Homegrown Album”, which commemorated some of the station’s best local acts and performances culled from their on-air “Homegrown Hour” program.
The band continued to tour throughout the 1980s, but took a temporary break in the early 1990s. Randy Jackson formed his solo band Randy Jackson’s China Rain, and released its only album in the year 1993. Zebra finally reunited in 1997 and released Zebra IV in 2003, their first album of all-new material since 1986. A DVD of live performances, mostly from a show at the House of Blues in New Orleans, was released in the summer of 2007. On July 10, 2010, during their 35th-anniversary performance at New Orleans’ Mahalia Jackson Theater, Zebra was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. On October 8, 2012, the band was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.
RAT RACE CHOIR – the name alone conjures up vivid images of the thriving New York music scene during the 1970s. At its peak Rat Race Choir dominated the scene with the virtuosity and musical range of all its members. They were known as the musician’s band because of their ability to play anything in any style and make it their own.
40 years ago Rat Race Choir played host to Zebra by inviting the New Orleans trio to be their opening act. Zebra’s popularity grew quickly and they never failed to credit Rat Race Choir for opening the door.
Rat Race Choir has reunited “the classic 70s lineup” which features bassist/vocalist Dave Chmela, Mark Hitt on guitar, Larry McGowan on keyboards and Steve Luongo on drums. This lineup of musicians has only performed together once in the past 30 years. But their musical mastery as a band still resonates in the minds of anyone who witnessed one of their live performances. Dave, Steve, Mark and Larry have reunited to celebrate Zebra’s 40th anniversary. This is the only scheduled event for the “classic 70s lineup” of Rat Race Choir.
With another great chance to catch TWO pivotal hard rock and fusion acts of the ‘70s/’80s reuniting once again to rock Long Island, you won’t want to miss ZEBRA and The Original Rat Race Choir Friday, December 1st and Saturday, December 2nd at Mulcahy’s (3232 Railroad Ave, Wantagh, NY 11793)!
FOR YOUR COMFORT AND ENJOYMENT, MULCAHY’S IS LIMITING ITS CAPACITY FOR THESE SPECIAL SHOWS.
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