The 1920s was a time when Americans were in a grand mood; a time of rising stock markets; the introduction of radios, washing machines; and flashy convertibles. It was also a time when exuberant Americans threw lavish parties, kicked up their heels to jazz music and tried crazy stunts.
You can relive this incredible era of song with renditions by some of the greats: George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Bessie Smith, and Louis Armstrong. It’s happening at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Church of Holy Faith in Dunnellon.
At the heart of this concert is longtime Dunnellon resident, a distinguished pianist and accompanist, Robert “Bob” Cubbage. He will accompany the talented Dunnellon Concert Singers: Mary Mahoney, Janet Griffin, Mary Ellen Craver, and Bill Thomas.
This program will also introduce some new friends and talents – Michelle Mack, Dorothy Pohleven and, making his star debut, Rev. Paul E. C. Hamilton (Priest-in-Charge of The Church of the Holy Faith), along with a few more surprise talents.
Still roaring into the twenties, Cubbage, a child prodigy with perfect pitch, began playing the piano at age 3, studied at Julliard at age 12, majored in piano at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and then relocated to New York City in the 1970s to work as a producer and master recording audio engineer for RCA and Columbia while simultaneously maintaining his keyboard skills at several well-known clubs, including the lounge at the Sherry Netherlands Hotel. His theatrical style caught the attention of NYC night-life chronicler Earl Wilson, who gave him a “bravo” in his syndicated New York Post column, “It Happened Last Night.”
Wait ’til you hear him play “Kitten on the Keys.”
“It’s goin’ be a blast, they’ll love it,” says Cubbage.
Now “retired,” Cubbage claims he is busier than ever – he runs a 40-acre working horse ranch in Dunnellon while he arranges music for known composers; serves as organist for Zion Methodist Church in Ocala; and also scored the music for PBS’ “A Wing and a Prayer.” He is still in constant demand as an accompanist – you may even catch him at the Grumbles House and Sweeties’ Cafe in Dunnellon where he performs on special occasions.
This concert is the first in a series of concerts planned for the community over the next several months. It’s a charitable event.
A love offering will help Dunnellon Community Services fund a Mobile Medical Unit to serve our community’s under-insured and uninsured. Your contributions help the underprivileged local residents. Give generously.
Don’t miss it!
Holy Faith is located at 19924 W. Blue Cove Drive in Dunnellon.