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October 5, 2018  RSS feed

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Tribute band to take on Manilow, Midler and more at Temple Ahavat Shalom party

By BRUCE LOWITT Special to the Jewish Press

To fans of swing, Les and Larry Elgart are familiar names. Les, on trumpet, and Larry, on saxophone, led a popular swing orchestra back in the ‘50s, and their Bandstand Boogie was adopted by Dick Clark as the theme for American Bandstand. Years later, Barry Manilow wrote the lyrics to it.

Fast-forward to today, to Jonathan Elgart, musician, singer and a second cousin to the bandleaders.

“Barry Manilow was a tribute I was asked to do about a year and a half ago,” Jonathan said. “The gentleman who had been doing it had passed away. He was doing a Neil Diamond (tribute) as well, and some of my friends said that when I wanted to I could sound even more like Neil Diamond than Manilow and wouldn’t it be great if I could do a Neil Diamond tribute as well.”

Elgart, 54, runs a talent booking agency that does tribute performances. He came up with the idea of putting both acts together “and we were thinking about what to call it I said, ‘They both grew up in Brooklyn, so why not The Brooklyn Boys?’”

But don’t let the name fool you, the band is not an all male group. Elgart’s fiancée, Amy Davis, performs as Barbra Streisand and Bette Midler with the group, as well as background vocals with Elgart.

The Brooklyn Boys tribute band will perform Saturday evening, Nov. 3, at Temple Ahavat Shalom, 1575 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, the Brooklyn Boys show is at 7:30 and then there will be dancing and desserts from 9:30 – 11 p.m.

Tickets are $60. For more information or to RSVP, call the temple office: (727) 785-8811.

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