OLCOTT – Get ready for some “Dancing in the Moonlight” as King Harvest plans a concert July 19 at the Olcott Beach Carousel Park with Olcott native Ron Altbach and friends.
King Harvest reunited for the first time in 40 years last summer and drew more than 3,000 to this quiet lakeside community. This year’s concert, planned for 8:30 p.m., will be held in a more intimate setting on the carousel park stage, and there will be a fee.
The $25 admission fee entitles concert-goers to an evening of live music, a 40th anniversary show commemorative T-shirt, concert DVD and two drinks. Only 200 tickets will be sold, and all will be presale.
Keyboardist Altbach formed King Harvest with three others while living in Paris in 1970. They met while attending Cornell University and also included David “Doc” Robinson on lead vocals, bass and keyboards; Eddie Tuleja on guitar; and Rod Novak on saxophone.
“Dancing in the Moonlight” was King Harvest’s biggest hit, reaching No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 list in 1973.
This concert will be “bittersweet,” according to Altbach, who said Robinson passed away in December at age 66.
“We will be playing a new song I’ve been working on and all of us will be contributing to, called ‘Doc,’ ” said Altbach. “Doc was an unstoppable character. Every day was a show for him. He was a bigger-than-life character.
“We’re looking forward to this concert, but the closer we get to it, the more we miss our buddy,” he added.
Altbach said Tuleja, who now lives in Tasmania, is currently in New Jersey with Novak preparing for the concert, which will also include local guitarist and singer Dave Stoll, whom he’s known for 30 years.
Altbach is a classically trained pianist who now lives in New York City, where he serves as president of Regeneration Capital Group LLC. But he maintains a summer home in Olcott. Following the dissolution of King Harvest in the mid-’70s, he toured for a while with the Beach Boys and with Mike Love’s band, Celebration.
After the group finally disbanded and the musicians went their separate ways, Altbach continued to write music but didn’t know the others were doing the same.
“Eddie wrote lots of songs, and we’ll be playing five or six of them, and Rod has worked on a couple that we’ll play, as well as one or two of mine,” Altbach said. “The format of the show will be a little different, because we’ll have a screen to show some videos and pictures, so it won’t just be a concert – we’ll be reminiscing a little, too.”
Tickets are available at: the Olcott Beach Carousel Park ticket booth; Images of the Past; Mariner’s Landing, Park Place Restaurant and Lighthouse Grill-n-Spirits in Olcott; Wilson’s Pizza Shop in Newfane and Newfane Town Hall (supervisor’s office); Schulze’s Winery and Vineyard in Burt; and Cammarata’s Restaurant and WLVL in Lockport.
The rain site is Olcott Fire Hall.