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The year 1973 was, by all accounts, an eventful year in all spheres. However, 1973 – precisely 50 years ago – will probably be best remembered for the plethora of amazing music that was produced during that year; music that hasn’t just stood the test of time but is deemed to be ‘classic’ and memorable for several generations of music afficionados. David Bowie released two albums in ’73, as did the up-and-coming Bob Marley and the Wailers. The Doobie Brothers, Aerosmith, Deep Purple, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney’s Wings, Elton John and Steve Miller band all came out with albums that are deemed to be veritable masterpieces, as did Alice Cooper, ZZ Top, The Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan, amongst several others. This was also the watershed year for Pink Floyd, releasing Dark Side of The Moon, an album that is still deemed by many to be on the best LP records ever created; an album which is until this very day one of the top sellers of all time.
As a 50th anniversary ‘tip-of-the-hat’ to this tumultuous though highly-creative year, especially in the realm of Music, the Valletta Cultural Agency (VCA) through its STRADA STRETTA programme will be organizing a concert titled THE SPIRIT OF ’73, this Saturday the 18th of February @ 8:30pm at the SILVER HORSE bar and club in Strait street (corner with St. Christopher street). The event also serves as a kind of nostalgic throwback to a time when Strait Street was still in its swinging prime. Admission to the event is free. Seeing as though the event coincides with Carnival activities in the capital, attendees are invited to ‘dress the part’, in 70’s attire or in costume.
The Live music on the night will be provided by the Strait Collective, a band formed for the occasion thanks to some of the islands’ best known musicians and singers, including David Cassar Torreggiani and Charles Busuttil up front, singers and musicians Daryl Ebejer, Kenneth Calleja, Fiona Cauchi, Nigel “Noogie” Buttigieg and Kersten Graham, musicians Peter Borg, Gianluca Busuttil, Luigi Busuttil and Andre Schembri, as well as special guest, Italian author, musician and guitar virtuoso Fabrizio Fedele.
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