Otis Redding died in a plane crash in December 1968, so he never knew that his recording of “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” won a 1969 Grammy Award. But in a “reenactment” of the 1969 Grammy Awards Show by a group of Rochester musicians, Redding not only attends the show to receive the award, he sings his composition one final time.
It’s one of the many “miracles” that occurs during the reenactment of the 1969 Grammy Awards Show led by Rochester band Watkins and the Rapiers and featuring numerous area musicians playing various Grammy Award nominees and winners.
The show will be performed at the Historic Calvary St. Andrews in Rochester’s South Wedge neighborhood June 16 at 7:30 pm. Admission is free and donations will benefit the historic church, which is in the process of re-establishing itself as an event and performance venue under Presbyterian ownership. Free parking is available at the Postler & Jaeckle parking lot, corner South and Averill Avenues.
The 1969 Grammies featured the likes of Simon and Garfunkel, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Aretha Franklin, her sister Erma, Johnny Cash, Mary Hopkin, Hugh Montenegro, Archie Bell and the Drells, and Gary Puckett and the Union Gap—and each will be represented in the reenactment. Hosts Dan Rowan and Dick Martin of late 1960s breakthrough comedy show, “Laugh-In,” will be played by members of Watkins and the Rapiers.
Area musicians who will join Watkins and the Rapiers to perform as 1969 Grammy Award winners and nominees include Connie Deming, Sarah Long Hendershot, Stan Merrill, Paul Nunes, Jeff Riales, Richard Storms, Steve West, Suzi Willpower and Lisa Winter. Watkins and the Rapiers
has been performing its eclectic mix of Americana music in the Rochester area for more than 20 years. Its members are Rick McRae, Steve Piper, Kerry Regan, Scott Regan, Tom Whitmore and Marty York. Historic Calvary St. Andrews
, a Rochester landmark was built in 1873, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural significance as a gothic-style church and its role in Rochester’s progressive religious and social history. It offers pristine acoustics in an historic setting.
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