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.
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.