RAHWAY — Folk-rock artists David Buskin and Robin Batteau will play a free concert tonight, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Union County Performing Arts Center. Their show has been rescheduled from Thursday, Aug. 18 when an abrupt thunderstorm forced the cancellation of the the Mayor’s Summer Concert Series performance on the Rahway Train Plaza.
“We were literally seconds away from introducing the artists when the skies just opened up,” said Andrea Zapcic, director of Parks and Recreation, whose department produces the concert series for the city. “It was a brief storm, but very fierce. Despite protective covering the wind-swept rain drenched the stage.” Conditions were not safe and the artists graciously offered to come back and play another date, Zapcic said.
Grammy, Emmy, and Gold Record-awarded singer-songwriters David Buskin and Robin Batteau have performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center. They’ve now added public radio hosts to their quiver for 2011, with “Radio B&B” from Connecticut’s WPKN-FM.
Their songs have been featured in movies, in TV shows, in plays, and in award-winning books. Listeners might remember jingles like “All Aboard Amtrak” and “The Heartbeat of America.” Their “long songs” have been performed by Judy Collins, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Tom Rush, Lucy Kaplansky, Johnny Mathis, Peter Paul and Mary, Bette Midler and many others.
True charity charioteers, they’ve written songs and skits for Paul Newman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, Alec Baldwin, and many more in support of Paul’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camps, Harry Chapin’s World Hunger Year, Roger Payne’s Ocean Alliance, and many more. Whether jamming with Bennie Goodman, YoYo Ma, James Taylor, Josh White Jr., Bruce Springsteen, and Bonnie
Raitt, or supporting their guests on Radio B&B, their unique accompaniments have ranged over the map of the world, from Vienna to Harlem to Rio to Tokyo to Johannesburg.
“We are thrilled to have been able to reschedule this concert,” said Rahway Mayor Rick Proctor. “David Buskin and Robin Batteau are giants in their genre. It is an honor to welcome these Grammy-award winning artists back to Rahway and to provide a world-class venue for them to perform in.”
The Union County Performing Arts Center is located at 1601 Irving Street, Rahway. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission for this concert is free. Seating is first come, first served. There will be a meet and greet reception with the artists after the show.
For more information, call the Department of Parks and Recreation at 1-732-69-3600 or the UCPAC Box Office at 1-732-499-8226.
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