The Ten Ton Ball
On Saturday RAQ headlined Slanted View Productions Ten Ton Ball, which was held at New Yorks beatific Broad Street Ballroom. Located a mere six blocks south of the World Trade Center Liberty Plaza, the event benefited The Scott Hazelcorn Children’s Foundation, which was formed in memory of 9/11 victim Scott Hazelcorn. Over the past few years, longtime RAQ fan Eric Hazelcorn and his family have set forth to honor Hazelcorns life by creating this non-profit foundation, whose mission is to provide help to all children in need with a special emphasis on those who lost a loved one on September 11.
A more formal affair than the average RAQ concert, guests were asked to wear black and white with a twist of spring color.’ Marc Scortino opened the evening with a solo set on the grand piano, running through selections by Steely Dan (My Old School), Pink Floyd (Fearless), David Bowie (Ziggy Stardust), Bobby and Shirley Womack, (It’s all Over Now’), Bob Dylan (Fourth Time Around), Elton John (Tiny Dancer) and The Beatles (In My Life), the latter of which featured singer Arianna Claire Vogel. Next up, Jay Burwick offered a few songs on the acoustic guitar, with Scortino sitting in on Donkey Show. RAQ keyboardist Todd Stoops then took over on baby grand piano for a few numbers, including a duet with Burwick on Technovailable.
After a full set by the Scissor Sisters-inspired group Miss Fairchild, the evenings headliners took the stage with a two-set performance that kicked off with Brother From Another Mother. After offering numbers like Circumstance, Clamslide, Hannah, Loose, Crazy Tonie, Botz and Gabvonie, the group took a break, before returning with Scortino on grand piano for Dirty Sanchez, Steely Dans Showbiz Kids and Funk 49. RAQ will appear at the Asheville Music Jamboree (AMJam) this weekend.