In the 70s, Yonkers native Gordon Gebert was attracting attention in the Westchester music scene by playing keyboards in the style of his idol Keith Emerson, rock icon and frontman to supergroup Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP).
Today, Gordon is once again at the center of local entertainment – only this time he is bringing Keith Emerson himself to Westchester for a one-night show at the Tarrytown Music Hall on June 19.
Gordon, who is also author of the best seller Rock and Roll War Stories, joined the Tarrytown Music Hall as a concert promoter with the specific charge of bringing name rock acts to the historic venue. The Keith Emerson concert will be his first event.
Years earlier, while researching his book, Gordon had befriended the avant garde performer, famous for fusing organ, synthesizer and piano into rock interpretations of classics from symphonic composers such as Aaron Copeland and Leonard Bernstein. When asked if he would consider doing a show, Emerson’s answer was an immediate "yes."
"I’m truly looking forward to our show at the Tarrytown Music Hall," noted Emerson in a recent interview. "It’s just the type of venue I prefer, great acoustics and seating — the polar opposite of so many of the concerts we performed as Emerson, Lake & Palmer where a good number of fans could barely see the stage. Don’t get me wrong," he added, "the adrenalin rush from playing in front of an audience of 50,000 is amazing – but from a purely artistic standpoint, this is perfect."
Emerson plans to deliver favorites such as Hoedown along with an array of other hits from albums Trilogy, Pictures at an Exhibition and Tarkus. Some new songs are also planned. Joining him on stage will be the original Moog synthesizer that was first introduced to audiences in the mega hit Lucky Man.
For tickets call, 877-840-0457