LOWER MILFORD – The waiting was the hardest part here Saturday night, but well worth it when bands The Lou Franco Project and Equals= took the stage. The two bands treated classic rock lovers to an entertaining evening at the Lower Milford Fire Company benefiting the Lower Milford Residents’ Association.
Southern Lehigh-based group Equals= opened the benefit dance by performing popular songs of the past such as Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” Mary Donohoe scored on vocals while lead guitarist Bobby Syvret, drummer Tanner Schanzlin, and bassist Paul Ermlich provided great sounds with their precocious performances. Remarkably, this talented quartet is made up of eighth, ninth, tenth, and eleventh-grade students. Donohoe and Ermlich attend Southern Lehigh High School.
Veteran group, The Lou Franco Project, then took the stage in the evening’s main event. Lead guitarist Lou Franco, bassist Scott Siska, and drummer Jim Ruffi showed off their decades of musical experience by playing a wide repertoire of classic rock hits. Fans danced in groups and pairs as the band played the Beatles’ “Hard Day’s Night,” “Back in the U.S.S.R.,” and more. Franco said his musical influences include the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Genesis, Pink Floyd, and Van Halen. The Lou Franco Project plays frequent gigs around the Lehigh Valley. To learn more, go to www.loufrancoproject.com.
Funds raised at the benefit dance went towards paying for legal representation in court cases regarding the proposed Geryville Materials quarry. According to its website www.crushthequarry.org, the Lower Milford Residents’ Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting “the quality of life for all the residents in and around the Lower Milford Township community” through “facilitating the preservation of prime agriculture and farmland, promoting the protection of natural, scenic, and historic values in the environment, preserving forests, wetlands, aquifers, and flood plains, promoting and facilitating reasonable land use and growth management practices within the township and the surrounding community, protecting and enhancing property values within the township, and educating the public regarding the above described quality of life issues.”