With Fred's saxophone hanging around his neck, his hand on its keys, he grabbed the attention of the Perfections, shouting, “One, two, a-one-two-three!”
The sax exploded! Glen Island Casino was rockin'. The Perfections brought the house down.
It's been 51 years since the Perfections played the Casino. However, the allure of rockin' on a Saturday night for a worthy cause is alive in La Cañada. On Saturday, Nov. 2, Brad Schwartz is producing Rockin' for the Homeless III. He's raising funds for Union Station Homeless Services, the largest social service agency assisting homeless and low-income people.
Brad's a homeboy from Brooklyn. Consequently I understand his commitment to service.
“I remember where I came from,” he said. “In La Cañada we're blessed; we should give back. I want my children to realize, not far from here [there are] people much less fortunate than we are. The mission of Union Station is to help the homeless rebuild their lives and end the cycle of homelessness.”
A few years back, Brad and some guys were hanging out, brainstorming about throwing a party for their friends in La Cañada. At the end of the evening, it had evolved into a rock 'n' roll shoot-out with live music and a philanthropical endeavor. Great deeds have ridiculous beginnings. They are often born in a café over coffee.
“This is a La Cañada event.” Brad said. “It was invented in La Cañada, it will be at the Thursday Club, sponsored by La Cañada residents, attended by La Cañadans, and with a La Cañada band.”