Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced a free Motown Show featuring Russell Thompkins, Jr. and The New Stylistics will take place on Friday, July 27th at Eisenhower Park’s Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre in East Meadow. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Russell Thompkins, Jr., former lead singer of The Stylistics, was the driving force and the backbone of the original Stylistics and it earned them 7 gold albums, 5 gold singles, 2 double gold singles, 8 platinum albums, 1 double platinum album, 4 platinum singles along with a Grammy nomination in 1974 for “You make Me Feel Brand New,” and a plaque on the Walk of Fame in 1994 in center city Philadelphia. After Russell departed from The Stylistics in 2000, he formed a new group, Russell Thompkins, Jr. and the New Stylistics in 2004, with Raymond Johnson, James Ranton, and Jonathan Buckson. As Russell Thompkins, Jr. & The New Stylistics they are committed to delivering high quality vocal performances on stage and in the studio in a professional and masterful style. James Ranton left the group due to health reasons but the group continues as a trio.
Much of the programming at the Lakeside Theatre is made possible through the Nassau County Hotel/Motel Proceeds Grant, which are proceeds from taxes on hotel and motel rooms in Nassau County. Since 2006, Nassau County has received more than ten million dollars from the Hotel/Motel Proceeds Grant, which also has assisted in historic building restoration and other cultural enhancements.
About Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre
The Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre is located near parking fields 6 and 6A in Eisenhower Park. Lakeside Theatre is a venue with no formal seating. Concertgoers are urged to bring folding chairs or blankets. Special accommodations are available for disabled patrons, including reserved parking, easily accessible restrooms and a convenient reserved location on the hill. Assistive hearing devices are also available upon request for the hearing impaired.
About Eisenhower Park
Eisenhower Park is located in East Meadow, with entrances on Hempstead Turnpike and Merrick Avenue. As one of the largest public spaces in the New York metropolitan area, Eisenhower Park offers a full range of athletic and family activities, including one of the finest swimming facilities in the U.S., three world-class golf courses, dozens of athletic fields and courts, picnic areas, playgrounds, fitness trails and more. For further information, contact the Parks Public Information Office at: (516) 572-0200 or visit the Nassau County Parks, Recreation and Museums website at: www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks.