Rock ‘n’ Roll wouldn’t be the same without Cousin Brucie! Come to our mountaintop to enjoy this radio, broadcasting, and cable Hall of Famer. Featuring Cousin Brucie, great music, dancing, trivia and more! With special guests—Rob Paparozzi, DJ Joe Daily, and dance instructors Karen Goldstein and Jun Maruta. Grab those dancing shoes and leather jackets! Get ready to get groovin’ with Cousin Brucie at our House!
Cousin Brucie, DJ Joe Daily and a few special guests will test your knowledge with questions and clues from the early days of Rock 'n’ Roll. Be a contestant or be in the audience helping out. It’s “name that tune”—Mohonk style.
SATURDAY, April 30
11:00 a.m. Rock 'n’ Roll Town Hall with Cousin Brucie
Join Cousin Brucie in a rousing town hall discussion on Rock n Roll’s past present and future. Be sure to pick up a copy of Cousin Brucie’s book from the gift shop and walk away with an autograph.
2:00 p.m. Let’s Dance!! Lessons with Karen Goldstein and Jun Maruta
Karen and Jun take you way back when! First, learn to Jitterbug or just watch and have fun. You’ll be able to put these new skills to work at the hop tonight! Then after a short break learn the Stroll, a classic dance of the 1950s, and other line dances, and strut your stuff at the hop! Come on, let’s STROLL…
9:00 p.m. Magic Moments Dance Party
“The Cuz” emcees this rock ‘n’ roll dream come true. Cousin Brucie, assisted by DJ Joe Daily, has requested we put on our leather jackets, tie-dyed shirts, and boots made for dancing. Do the Twist, the Pony, the Swim, and more. And remember, we have contests, prizes, and good old-fashioned fun.
SUNDAY, MAY 1
10:30 a.m. A Concert with Rob Paparozzi and The Honeydrippers
Come gather around the grand piano with singer and harmonica virtuoso Rob Paparozzi, pianist Dave Keyes and drummer Frank Pagano. This trio of NY Rock and Roll veterans will have you clapping and singing along as they explore the roots of Rock and Roll. They’ll cover the era starting with the 1950’s and storming into the 1970’s including the “sister" genres of R&B, Funk, Blues and Rockabilly.
BRUCE “COUSIN BRUCIE” MORROW, a legend in broadcast history, recently celebrated 50 years in New York radio. In 1994, Bruce became the only on-air personality in New York City to have a street named after him when Mayor Rudolph Giuliani proclaimed West 52nd Street “Cousin Brucie Way.” He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1987 and into Broadcasting and Cable’s Hall of Fame in 1990. His contributions as a radio pioneer were recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Bruce is also an accomplished photographer. He serves many charities both locally and nationally. His autobiography, Cousin Brucie: My Life in Rock and Roll Radio, was a bestseller. His latest books, Rock & Roll …And the Beat Goes On, and Doo Wop: The Music, the Times, the Era, are also bestsellers. Bruce can be heard currently on Sirius XM Radio. He and his wife Jodie reside in Manhattan.
DJ JOE DAILY, known by many as the “Morning Mayor of the Hudson Valley,” has been entertaining audiences, both on-air and in person, for over 30 years. For his many loyal listeners of all ages, his warmth and quick wit have become a happy part of their morning routine. And Joe enjoys his audiences just as much, rolling with a variety of music for your dancing pleasure.
KAREN GOLDSTEIN is a dancer whose specialty is the Lindy Hop and Jitterbug. She studied Lindy Hop and taught with Frankie Manning, one of the originators of the dance and a Lindy Hopper of legendary status. Karen also teaches traditional jazz dances like the Shim Sham Shimmy, as well as popular dances of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Karen was the director of the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers when they performed in Atlantic City, at Radio City Music Hall, and at the famous Roseland Ballroom. She has also performed at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Karen teaches in New York City and is thrilled to be back at the Mountain House with Cousin Brucie.
JUN MARUTA was taught and trained by Frankie Manning and the Mama Lu Parks Dancers, and has been a performing and teaching partner of Karen’s for many years. In addition, he was one of the prime movers behind the successful effort to place a commemorative marker at the site of the famous Savoy Ballroom in Harlem.
ROB PAPAROZZI, New Jersey-based frontman, singer, & harmonica player, has been a blues performer since 1967. But Rob is far from being strictly a blues musician. In fact, he's at home playing a wide range of music, ranging from rock to blues to jazz to pop. Having toured in Japan, Italy, Spain, France, Russia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, Rob's Broadway, movie, and television credits are also extensive with appearances on Big River and The Will Rogers Follies, Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, and the CBS Early Show. Formerly a member of the Original Blues Brothers Band and leader singer with Blood, Sweat, and Tears, Rob released his debut CD “Etruscan Soul” in 2009.