Posted: April 26, 2012
In recognition of long-time local resident Carl Gardner, who passed away last summer and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, the City of Port St. Lucie invites residents to a performance by The Coasters on Sunday, April 29, at the city’s Civic Center.
Gardner was a founding member of The Coasters, singing lead vocals on several hit records of the 1950s and 60s such as Yakety Yak, Charlie Brown, Poison Ivy and others. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website says, “the Coasters released a string of classic singles that reflected the life of the American teenager with keen wit and hot, rocking harmonies.”
In 1989, Gardner and his wife, Veta, moved to Port St. Lucie where he lived until his death last year. He performed often at local venues, bringing other nationally recognized acts with him and always expressing a great love and appreciation for Port St. Lucie and its people.
Sunday’s event will be a celebration of Gardner’s life and will include a dinner by Domenick’s Catering — the Civic Center’s official food provider — and a performance by McCartney Mania — a tribute band in the style of Paul McCartney. McCartney Mania will perform their popular “musical journey from Beatle to Sir Paul.”
Tickets are $50 and include the dinner and both performances. The event will run from 4 to 8 p.m. Semi-formal attire is recommended, and a cash bar will be available.
The Civic Center address is 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place (southeast corner of U.S. Highway 1 and Walton Road). Parking is free.
To purchase tickets, contact Veta Gardner at (772) 380-9607.
For more information, contact:
Port St. Lucie Civic Center