Queen of Disco Gloria (“I Will Survive”) Gaynor joins The Village People for a Saturday night concert at the Count Basie, a benefit for The Michael Fux Foundation.
Regular readers of redbankgreen know Michael Fux as many things — a foam-mattress pharaoh; a dabbler in the realm of restaurateuring, whose Blue Water Seafood was the flavor to beat for a while there in downtown Red Bank. A serious collector of auto exotica, who recently (and inadvertently) made headlines when a mechanic totaled his super-rare Ferrari Enzo.
Add philanthropist to the resume of the Cuban-born businessman, whose Michael Fux Foundation endowed a Family Center at Miami Children’s Hospital. The aim was to offer a comforting environment for families of sick and underprivileged children, during those times when the child is in the hospital. This Saturday, September 6, Fux will reportedly be announcing the site of an all-new Michael Fux Family Center in Monmouth County, during a special fundraiser show at the Count Basie Theatre.
Going up at 7 pm, the Disco Fever Benefit Concert stars two still-going-strong superstar acts from those polyester’d First Days of Disco — headlined by Newark-born Gloria Gaynor (“Never Can Say Goodbye,” “Let Me Know (I Have a Right),” and the evergreen anthem “I Will Survive”). The Queen of Disco will be joined by The Village People (“Y.M.C.A.,” “In The Navy,” “Macho Man”) — featuring charter member (and Asbury Park resident) Felipe Rose as the group’s iconic Native American; teamed with Eric Anzalone (Biker), Alexander Briley (GI), Jim Newman (Cowboy), Raymond Simpson (Cop) and Bill Whitefield (Construction Worker).
On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of Gaynor’s Grammy winning (and oft-covered) “I Will Survive,” the Disco Desk at redbankgreen spoke to the 64-year-old singer about survival, spirituality and centeredness on a crowded and crazy dance floor, with more around the corner.