THE YEAR WAS 1969… And these ‘kids’ had the nerve to carry the name WAR at a time when peace was the slogan in an
THE YEAR WAS 1969…
And these ‘kids’ had the nerve to carry the name WAR at a time when peace was the slogan in an anti-Vietnam America. “Our mission was to spread a message of brotherhood and harmony”. Original Band Members included; Lonnie Jordan/singer/keyboardist, Howard Scott/guitars/ vocal, Lee Oskar/harmonica, B.B. Dickerson/bass vocals, Harold Brown/drums/ vocals, the late Thomas “Papa Dee” Allen/congas/timbales, and Charles Miller /saxophonist/flutist.
“Our instruments and voices became our weapons of choice and the songs our ammunition. We spoke out against racism, hunger, gangs, crimes, and turf wars, as we embraced all people with hope and the spirit of brotherhood. It’s just as apropos today” WAR, the original street band, was brought together by veteran record producer Jerry Goldstein (“My Boyfriend’s Back”, “Hang On Sloopy”, “I Want Candy”) and rock legend Eric Burdon (ex-lead singer of the top British band The Animals). “I first saw some of the guys who would eventually become WAR playing at a topless beer bar in the San Fernando Valley, backing Deacon Jones, the pro football player, and knew immediately how potent these kids were,” states Goldstein. “I was friends with Eric and he was ready to throw in the towel on the music scene and return to Newcastle. He was tired of the ‘rock’ thing and desperate for a fresh authentic sound. I called him the morning after I first saw the band and made him return to the club the next night with me. Eric was so blown away by what he had heard that he jumped on stage to jam with them. The guys weren’t familiar with Eric or The Animals. I had them in the studio within a week, and the rest is history!”
OCEANFRONT CONCERT SERIES
National recording artists you know and love take to the oceanfront park stages for a salute to all things music.
You’re sure to find something to satisfy your musical palette at this series of FREE musical performances as we bring the talent of nationally-recognized artists to the Virginia Beach oceanfront.
Whether you’re sunning on the beach, dining at one of our resort’s fine restaurants, or spread out in the park under the stars enjoying the tunes, there’s no better time to be at the Virginia Beach oceanfront.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!:
Outside Food and Drink
Re-entry with Hand Stamp
Open containers of any kind
Beach chairs of any kind
Pets (except certified service animals)
Professional Camera/Video Equipment
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(Wednesday) 7:00 pm
17th Street Park, Virginia Beach, VA
1701 Atlantic Ave