We just saw The Happy Together Tour at the #Lifeat50 AARP Event in Atlanta. The Happy Together Tour includes Flo and Eddie from The Turtles, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett and The Union Gap, Gary U.S. Bonds and Gary Lewis and The Playboys. Each singer of the 60’s performed some of his greatest hits and the next singer quickly took over without a break. So the same band played for all signers, but they were good and that was not a problem.
First out was Gary Lewis, who sounds just like he did in the day. He talked about how he started writing “Everybody loves a clown” for his dad Jerry Lewis’ birthday, but saw it could be a hit and worked it a little more to become a hit. (see my video)
Next up was Gary U.S. Bonds whom my wife thought was the best. He really had it going on. He did one of this twist songs and his come back song This Little Girl among others.
Flo and Eddie of The Turtle were a riot. They jumped around the stage with all kinds of craziness. They sang several of their hits, including Happy Together which the concert was named after. It looks like Flo and Eddie are the concert promoters.
The poster on the left has Mark Lindsay but he was not part of this performance, replaced by Gary U.S. Bonds.
Gary Puckett & the Union Cap was actually the one I most wanted to see. Gary performed “Young Girl” and “Lady Willpower” among others. Gary is turning 71 this month but he seemed to be in really good shape. I remember my parents even liking his songs in the late 60’s.
Next up was Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, also 71. Man, “Joy to the World”, “One” and “Mama Told Me Not to Come” sounded as good as ever. He still has a booming voice.
For the curtain call each performer was brought out to sign one of his biggest hit songs with full audience participation. There is no better crowd for this tour to play than the Lifeat50+ crowd and we loved it!
So that was Friday’s entertainment but there is entertainment all three nights at Lifeat50. Thursday was several groups of Gospel Singers which was very popular and Saturday night Gloria Estefan wowed the Lifeat50 crowd at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Life@50+ is much more than just the entertainment. Frankly I think it would be impossible to see it all, so here are some things I did in addition to attending that wonderful Happy Together Tour.
The exhibition floor is huge showcasing an seemingly endless selection of services to us baby boomers. In the AARPDiscounts.com section I found AARP membership discounts available on services I already use like UPS Store and I-800Flowers.com. Most impressive to me since we Boomer love to travel, was the travel benefits. They cover all aspects of travel, a must to check out before your next trip or vacation. I did a test drive on their new next generation travel site coming out soon (maybe Jan) that’s even better.
Being an old school techie, the travel people on the floor told me I should check out the TEK Pavilion and I attended the seminar about cutting edge technologies to help us stay healthy, where entrepreneurs from 4 companies showcased their new inventions. (see my YouTube AARO playlist of these presentations). There were presentations about Buzzy – an invention to remedy unnecessary pain, Lift Labs who has an invention to help people with hand tremors, Neurotrack has an early diagnosis test for Alzheimer disease and finally Breezie has a Internet product to help people to easily get on line. I met with Jeh Kazimi of Breezie immediately after his presentation and he gave me a test drive of his creative, easy to use product. Frankly, I loved all these products and thank it is wonderful to have such a preview of what is coming.
In the morning general session I attended, I heard Bryan Popin play (amazing) then heard Whoopi Goldberg interview Tyler Perry, in the way only Whoppi can do it.
Well I could go on for awhile, but I know I did so much but there was so much more to take in. The Life@50+ events are now twice a year and the next ones will be May 8-10, 2014 in Boston and Sept 4-6, 2014 in San Diego. If you would like to visit those cities, I think Life@50+ would be a great way to do it.