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Atomic Mary Explodes Onto Stage at West Orange OSPAC

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Atomic Mary opens at OSPAC. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
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Lisa Coppola sings "Time After Time". Credits: Cynthia Cumming
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Victoria Palagy, who tours with the Tom Toms, sings "Only the Lonely". Credits: Cynthia Cumming
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John Bussi performs  "Dirty Laundry". Credits: Cynthia Cumming
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Al Spinelli performs "A Girl Like You" by the Smithereens. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
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Gus Fafalios on lead guitar. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
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Heart's version of Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" with vocals by Lisa Coppola ended the show. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
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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 https://www.facebook.com/atomic.mary‎.  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 http://www.njai.org to see what else they'll be presenting now through Labor Day.

 

 

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