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Atomic Mary Explodes Onto Stage at West Orange OSPAC

Atomic Mary opens at OSPAC. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Lisa Coppola sings "Time After Time". Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Victoria Palagy, who tours with the Tom Toms, sings "Only the Lonely". Credits: Cynthia Cumming
John Bussi performs  "Dirty Laundry". Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Al Spinelli performs "A Girl Like You" by the Smithereens. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Gus Fafalios on lead guitar. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Heart's version of Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" with vocals by Lisa Coppola ended the show. Credits: Cynthia Cumming

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Atomic Mary, a tri-state area band comprised of musicians that have worked with the likes of Billy Joel, Ronnie Spector, the Blue Man Group, and the Tom-Toms, presented an energetic evening of music at Oscar Schindler Performing Arts Center that spanned the 70s, 80s and 90s.

The seven-piece band has been working together for two years and features Lisa Coppola on vocals and percussion; Victoria Palagy on vocals, guitar, and percussion; Al Spinelli on Keyboards, guitar and vocals; Gus Fafalios on lead guitar; Larry Heninemann on bass, guitar and vocals; Ray Palagy on drums; and John Bussi on Guitar, Keyboards and percussion.  Several of the members work in other bands and also have jobs in either IT or music fields.

After a rousing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner a la Hendrix by Fafalios, the band launched into a unique set of material featuring songs primarily by 80s artists, with a few songs from artists of the 70s and 80s as well.

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Some performance highlights were Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper ; Dirty Laundry by Don Henley ; A Girl Like You by New Jersey group the Smithereens; Only the Lonely by the Motels; Rapture by Blondie; Bye Bye Love by the Cars; Because the Night by Patti Smith; and Rock 'n Roll by Zeppelin (the Heart version).

Atomic Mary would like to encourage everyone to like their band on Facebook at‎.  The band is available for booking. Contact Al Spinelli at 917-596-2517 for booking information. 

The New Jersey Arts Incubator has worked diligently to provide the West Orange community with exceptional local talent and events.  Please visit their website at to see what else they'll be presenting now through Labor Day.



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