Reggae star Jimmy Cliff and his seven piece entourage invaded SRO Central Park Stadium 30 Aug for a short evening oflamaican music. Joe Higgs, who is known as a solo artist (note his Ip “Life Of Contradiction”) opened with the (lift–band performing “The World Is Upside Down.” Cliff then took over the proceedings with Higgs moving to percussion and bacup vocals. Musically, this was not Cliff at his best; singing was off-key on a couple of tunes, however, he flattened the crowd with “You Can Get It If You Really Want,” “Vietnam,” the non-Reggae ballad “Many Rivers,” and “Wonderful World/Beautiful People.” All in all, a light, entertaining performance.
Good old-fashioned crap-kicking R ‘n’ Roll Texas-style was the keynote as the Johnny and Edgar Winter fivepiece stormed their way into the Felt Forum 24 Aug. The venue originally
announced was the full Madison Square Garden with Lynyrd Skynyrd topping the bill. However, they were withdrawn and thus the Felt Forum venue. However, it was packed to the hilt with fired-up teens who showed up for the heavy metal openers, power trio Mahogany Rush and the blues and rock as only the Winters can churn it out. With Edgar, the virtuoso, shining on saxes, piano, percussion, and lead vocals. Johnny, appearing healthy, sizzled on lead guitar in a most welcome musical resurgence. The repertoire mainly was R ‘n’ R faves, “Johnny B. Goode,” the slow rendition of “Baby, What You Want Me To Do” and a rock medley featuring “Slippin and Slidin,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Good Golly Miss Molly,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” and “Jenny Jenny.” Edgar’s single hit “Frankenstein” completely brought down the rafters.
Gary Wright is hot property these days top forty-wise. His rise to pop fame from Bergenfield to Berlin to London and prompted this Krum’s kuriosity to catch him and his 7-piece keyboard orchestra at the partially-filled Central Park venue. Gary has changed a great deal from his Spooky Tooth days: he is now am effervescent, personable, smiling showman who