RED BANK: GALLERY STYLE IN GOTHAM

Bill Mack GaryRelief sculptor Bill Mack and painter Gary Welton will appear at Red Bank’s Gotham Restaurant during a Friday/Saturday stand.

In between displays of Batman-related memorabilia and other popcultural artifacts, visitors to Gotham Red Bank have been treated to an ongoing wall exhibit of “relief sculptures” by Bill Mack. And just as the Minnesota-based artist’s creations tend to dip a toe into the dimension beyond their frames, so will Mr. Mack himself leave his Minneapolis homebase for a two-day, in-person Broad Street sojourn that takes place this Friday and Saturday.

The mustachioed Midwesterner, whose website touts his standing as “the world’s preeminent relief sculptor,” will be joined for a total of four  Meet the Artist sessions by a fellow Minnesotan, whose work has also graced the walls of Gotham — the self-described “painter of movement” Gary Welton.

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RED BANK: CALLING DOCTOR DISCO

Gloria GaynorQueen 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.

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‘DISCO FEVER’ FOR KIDS’ CAUSE, AT THE BASIE

gloriaQueen of Disco Gloria Gaynor appears with special guests The Village People in a September 6 benefit concert, dedicated to the Michael Fux Foundation’s local children’s hospital project. 

Press release from Count Basie Theatre

Gloria Gaynor, the “Queen of Disco” whose dance-floor hit “I Will Survive” went on to become the greatest disco anthem of all time, will headline a special “Disco Fever” benefit concert on Saturday, September 6 at the Count Basie Theatre.

The singer whose signature song marks its 35th anniversary this year — and whose other great hits include “Never Can Say Goodbye” and “Let Me Know (I Have a Right)” — will be joined for the occasion by special guests The Village People, featuring Asbury Park’s Felipe Rose.

Proceeds from the concert (and an after-party on the Basie patio) will help The Michael Fux Foundation create a family center at a hospital in Monmouth County. The Foundation, established in 2006 with the mission of helping sick and underprivileged children and their families, helped create the Michael Fux Family Center at Miami Children’s Hospital in Florida, and has set its sights on implementing a similar vision for the local area.

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