Village People, Sugarhill Gang & More Attract Biggest Crowd Yet

On September 23, 2017, the Tuckahoe Music Festival was held in Depot Square, right in front of the Generoso Pope Foundation. Village People, Sugarhill Gang, Alfa, Luci & Norma Jean, formerly of Chic, and more performed in front of thousands of cheering fans.

Evie Clair, from the hit NBC TV show, America’s Got Talent, opened the show and brought the crowd to tears with songs dedicated to her late father. Evie’s life transpired in front of millions of people on season 12 of America’s Got Talent, where her father passed right before the finale episode. David Pope, President & CEO of the Generoso Pope Foundation, joined Evie on stage and invited her mother, Hillary, to join them as well. David turned to them and said, “I know you’ve been through a lot lately. So on behalf of myself and my family, I want to send you somewhere. Turn around.” When they turned around, they were met with a giant LED screen that read “You’re going to Disney World!” Evie and her mother were in tears. AJ Pope, the Event Coordinator for the Generoso Pope Foundation, explained how it all took place. “When my father and I were talking with them backstage, they mentioned how they wanted to go to Disney World soon for a little ‘get-away.’ When we left her dressing room, my father turned to me and said ‘I have an idea.’ I said, ‘I already know what you’re going to say. I’ll talk to the tech team to get the graphic up on the screen!'”

Angelica Hale then hit the stage to perform her song that won her the “Golden Buzzer” on America’s Got Talent, including other fan favorites. Alfa, Luci & Norma Jean, formerly of Chic sang hits like “Good Times,” “Le Freak,” “Everybody Dance” and “I Want Your Love.” Sugarhill Gang was next in the line up and had the crowd jumping, with hits like, “Rapper’s Delight,” “8th Wonder,” and “Apache.” Village People ended the show with the crowd cheering for more. They sang their hit songs, “In the Navy,” “Macho Man,” and of course, “YMCA.”

The concert was hosted by legendary radio hosts, Al Bandiero and Goumba Johnny. The three artists had 17 Billboard Top 100 Hits put together.

The crowd grew to a size of over 5,000 people, the most Tuckahoe has ever seen for a single event. Mayor Steve Ecklond was impressed and excited to see so many people in attendance, and gave the go-ahead to shut down Main Street to accommodate the crowd. Tuckahoe residents were very happy with the event, including Cynthia who said, “Amazing is all I can say! Didn’t know there were that many people in Tuckahoe. We had a ball.”

The concert was sponsored solely by the Generoso Pope Foundation, making admission free for anyone who attended. The concert coincided with the three day annual St Pio Feast and Festival, which is a continued effort to bring the community together. “It was really great to see crowds of all ages,” David Pope said. “The little ones came for the America’s Got Talent stars, and their parents came for the 70’s and 80’s groups. Everyone had a fun time.”

To read about Evie Clair’s experience at the concert, view her blogpost here.

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The crowd for the concert in Depot Square

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The Village People

Generoso Pope Foundation Tuckahoe NY Music Festival Evie Clair

Evie Clair, from America's Got Talent

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Sugarhill Gang

Generoso Pope Foundation Tuckahoe NY Music Festival Angelica Hale

Angelica Hale, from America's Got Talent

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Alfa, Luci & Norma Jean, formerly of Chic