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      November 10, 2019

      Sunday   7:00 PM

      446 Bedford Road
      Pleasantville, New York 10570

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      Mark Rivera & Friends - the forces behind Billy Joel, Ringo Starr and more

      Mark Rivera and friends, an evening with the force behind Billy Joel, Ringo Starr, Hall and Oates, Foreigner, and John Lennon. His All Star band includes - Jon Cobert -Keys, Denny McDermott - Drums and special guests. About the band - MARK RIVERA: Billy Joel’s saxophonist for the last 36 years, Rivera has performed before millions of fans with a ‘who’s who’ of music’s elite, including John Lennon, Sir Paul McCartney, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Simon & Garfunkel, Don Henley, Tony Bennett, Rivera worked with Robert John “Mutt” Lange, who produced the classic Foreigner 4 and introduced Mark to Mick Jones and Lou Gramm who brought him into the band. He has worked with Hall & Oates and Peter Gabriel on the classic track Sledgehammer. As Ringo Starr’s Musical Director for the last 24 years he’s worked with such music legends as Jack Bruce (Cream), Peter Frampton, Billy Preston, John Entwisted (The Who), Gary Brooker (Procom Harem), Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), Colin Hay (Men At Work), Simon Kirke (Free), Rod Argent (The Zombies) Greg Lake (E.L.P), Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople), Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Greg Rolie (Santana), Todd Rundgren and Steve Lukather (Toto). In 2010, longtime friend Joe Walsh asked Mark to put a band together in celebration of Ringo Starr’s 70th Birthday at Radio City Music Hall — a band featuring one Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney, was joined at the finale by a second, Ringo himself, as Mark put it, “It was like watching the dream come full circle.” In 2007, Mark was asked to lead a fantastic line-up of guests gathered at the Roundhouse in London to pay tribute to the late Jim Capaldi of Traffic and to raise money for his children’s charity The Landmark Trust. “It was a Joy working with Traffic colleague Steve Winwood, Pete Townshend of The Who, Jon Lord of Deep Purple and many more of my British Idols.” As well as being passionate about his music, Mark cares deeply about giving back. He takes great pride being on the Board of Directors for Give An Hour (helping returning veterans with PTSD) as well as joining Scott Shannon CBSFM at The Blytehdale Children’s Hospital and most recently working with The Summit Speech School . It’s just his way of “never forgetting where you come from.”  JON COBERT: Jon is a studio musician, composer, arranger, songwriter, vocalist, and producer. He plays piano, organ, accordion, bass, guitar, and drums. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, got his music degree from N.Y.U., and now lives in Westchester. In 1975, he recorded with John Lennon, and his band, BOMF, was Lennon's back-up band on several TV shows and music videos. Jon can be seen in the movie “Imagine” as well as the John Lennon video collection on DVD. He also recorded and toured with Klaus Nomi, Laura Branigan, John Denver, Harry Chapin, Phyllis Hyman, Dion, Loudon Wainwright III, Chubby Checker, Linda Eder, Henry Gross, and others. Jon has been writing, recording, and touring with Tom Chapin since 1988, and has thus far received 5 Grammy nominations for producing his family recordings. Jon has also been writing for TV and radio, and his compositions include the ESPN Baseball Tonight theme, ESPN College Football Gameday theme, and many commercials, including Budweiser, Rolling Rock, Capital One, Pepperidge Farm, Wendy’s, Burger King, Dr. Pepper, and Entresto. His latest CD is entitled “He Had A Hat”. DENNY MCDERMOTT: is a veteran drummer that has been on the NYC music scene for over 35 years. Denny has recorded and toured worldwide with artists such as Donald Fagen, Marc Cohn, Rosanne Cash, David Johansen and Graham Parker. Denny has recently had the honor of performing with the late great Levon Helm’s Ramble Band including Larry Campbell, and also performing with The Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams project.

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