(WBRE/WYOU-TV) The very popular local band, “The Poets” have been entertaining audiences for decades. As the well-known musicians get ready to retire, they are being honored by the Lackawanna County Commissioners. The Commissioners are recognizing them as one of the area’s most renowned Party Bands as they get ready for their farewell concert. Earlier today Eyewitness News Reporter, Anja Whitehead spent some time with the band and looks back at their amazing career.
Music in the early ’60s, we had the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, we had The Poets. Now after more than 50 years of being a party band, they tell Eyewitness News, it is time to say goodbye.
“We’re still up there doing what we like to do and like I said, close to our a game and we just want to go out on a high note,” Said Nick Luongo, The Poets Bassist
The band has had a lasting impact on our local community.
Pat Luongo is The Poets Lead Guitarist he talked about their popularity through the years, “I don’t think any of us can go anywhere where somebody doesn’t stop us and say, and you’re from the poets aren’t you? Yeah, I am.”
Though they were well known for their music, they were also known for their look, whether 50’s, Disco or tuxedos.
“You always dress to the nines. You should always be sure that when you walk in the room they know the band is here,” Said Luongo,
The Poets opened for a number of bigger artists including The Monkees and Tina Turner.
“Even though you can play the same song a thousand times when the people are having fun in front of you, you do feed off of that, ”S Said John Hollenbaugh, The Poets Keyboard Player.
.And with the final curtain call nears, the whole band agrees, they did it their way.
“We just did it, it was just like what we did. A natural thing I guess. There wasn’t any thinking about it and then 55 years went by,” Summed up Frank Gervasi, The Poets Lead Singer.
The Poets’ final performance was scheduled for this Sunday — but it sold out so quickly. They added another show on April 14th at Genetti Manor in Dickson City. Follow The Poets on Facebook