by The Music Court: http://musiccourtblog.com/2013/07/15/its-the-time-of-the-season-for-the-zombies/
It’s not everyday that you can see a couple of British music legends
play a free concert at Ellsworth W. Allen Town Park in Farmingdale, New
York, but, thanks to the generosity of the Town of Oyster Bay and
sponsors, last Wednesday presented this rare opportunity as part of the
Music Under the Stars concert series - a neat calendar of free summer
concerts in Town of Oyster Bay parks.
I had seen Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, and the reformed Zombies once
before at a Hippiefest several years ago, and I remember thinking just
how cool it was that I was able to see the creators of the infectious,
somewhat unsettling (in a good way), 60′s Summer of Love
call-and-response classic “Time of the Season.”
In the years that have
passed since that performance, the members of the Zombies, defiant of
their band name, continue to perform jubilant shows that delicately mix a
wide diversity of material and humorous, intelligible conversation with
As my mother said during the show, you almost feel like you
are in the living room of one of their homes listening to a private
performance among friends.
Now on the heels of the Zombies’ 2011 album Breathe Out, Breathe In, the
band continues to perform with a high level of passion and energy. It
was not difficult to recognize the band’s sincere love, respect, and
knowledge of music.
Played to a relaxed crowd of Long Islanders under a
hazy blue sky, the concert featured a diverse trip through the Zombies’
brand of psychedelic pop/rock.
The band - which also consists of Tom
Toomey, and Jim and Steve Rodford - was crisp all evening, and Rod
Argent and Colin Blunstone demonstrated their overwhelming talent. As
unique and strong Colin Blunstone’s voice is, Rod Argent’s keen keyboard
stylings match it.
As the night drew to a close and the fireflies provided white
sparkles that flashed like cameras painted against the masked, aphotic
sky, the Zombies played an energized version of the Argent classic,
“Hold Your Head Up,” and their classic “She’s Not There.”
For a finale,
the band aptly played a pleasant cover of Gershwin’s “Summertime” to a
well-deserved standing ovation. Great end to a great summertime evening.