Local Doo Wop fans and philanthropists will leave their black ties at home on Saturday, September 6 in favor of poodle skirts and bobby socks to attend a live concert at the historic Warner Theatre benefitting Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The concert, hosted by Marvin McIntyre and Family, will bring together more than 60 Doo Wop and rock ‘n’ roll performers from across the country for one exclusive night of charitable rock ‘n’ roll.
Doo Wop, a vocal-based rhythm and blues music genre, first became popular in the 1950s and early 1960s. This group harmony rich music originated in African American communities 20 years before it ultimately integrated into mainstream America Well-known songs from the time such as “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” and “In the Still of the Night” have immortalized Doo Wop and its influence in the history of American rock ‘n’ roll.
The event is being held in memory of commercial real estate advisor and Doo Wop fan Ed Geisinger, who passed away of pancreatic cancer in 2001 at the age of 55. Newmark Knight Frank’s Paul Chandler is co-chairing the event, along with Jack Schneider, Stephen Goldstein and Paul Schweitzer of global commercial real estate services firm Studley. According to the late Mr. Geisinger’s, friends and family, he often listened to Doo Wop during his car rides to the Lombardi Center.
Last year, Chandler, Schneider, Goldstein and Schweitzer decided to ask local businesses to help them put on the biggest Doo Wop Concert in DC history in memory of their former colleague. Next weekend, their vision will become a reality.
“We’re thrilled to put on a show in honor of our dear friend Eddie and to also help the Lombardi Center raise much-needed funds to combat a disease which affects so many of us,” says Schneider, who is an executive vice president in Studley’s Suburban Washington office.
“Prostate and pancreatic cancer affects thousands of Americans each year. With the support of the community with events like this, Lombardi will continue to be able to conduct world-class, cutting-edge research and will provide superb, compassionate patient care that builds on its base of research excellence,” said Louis M. Weiner, M.D., Director of Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The evening will feature performances by Frankie Lymon’s "Legendary" Teenagers (“Why Do Fools Fall in Love”), Barbara Harris & The Toys (“Lovers Concerto”), Kenny Vance and The Planotones (“Looking for an Echo”), Vito Picone and The Elegants (“Little Star”), Terry Johnson's The Flamingos (“I Only Have Eyes for You”), and many more.
The Warner Theatre, which was generously donated by Vornado/Charles E. Smith for the evening, will also host a car show at the building’s entrance, courtesy of Flemings Ultimate Garage. Limited ticket sales and sponsorships are still available. For more information, visit http://lombardi.georgetown.edu or call (202) 687-3866.