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Harvard Krokodiloes invade Brooklyn Brewery

A cappella virtuosos sing in support of North Brooklyn Angels food truck

January 11, 2018 By Andy Katz Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Harvard-Krokodiloes Ensemble making classic doo-wop moves choreographed by director Michael Wingate. Brooklyn Eagle photos by Andy Katz
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Those young, fresh-faced and immensely talented singers, the Harvard Krokodiloes, faced the corrupting influences of the demon rum on their second night in Brooklyn. Or, if not rum, then beer, which a good half of the group is still too young to imbibe legally.

However good the cause.

And it was a good cause. The North Brooklyn Angels’ Food Truck was the beneficiary of the Kroks’ Williamsburg-Greenpoint show at Brooklyn Brewery.

For months now, the North Brooklyn Angels Food Truck has made regular stops in Greenpoint, Bushwick and Williamsburg to provide free hot lunches to all comers, an acutely vital service in light of how much the development that has created opportunities, has also raised the cost of living all over Brooklyn, but especially in North Brooklyn.

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On hand representing the Angels were Special Projects Director Felice Kirby and Food Truck developer Neil Sheehan. Food Trunk volunteer server Kathleen O’Boyle brought her sister, Tara O’Boyle.

“They’re working on a way to get me involved,” Tara O’Boyle explained.

“She works long hours, so it’s complicated,” sister Kathleen interjected.

“But what a great cause,” Tara continued. “I really want to do my bit.”

Tonight’s session is far more casual, and perhaps for that reason, more intimate than the previous night’s Heights Casino appearance. The Kroks’ setlist is essentially the same. As Brooklyn Brewery is a bottling plant and nightclub, its acoustics aren’t as spot on as Heights’  squash court. But they’re not bad, either. The extra square footage provides an enhancement of their sound—which is also being amplified by way of a single microphone.

The night’s  Harvard alumni were represented by Laselo Seress, ’14 and Paul Sagawa, ’85, who join in to help render that most traditional Krokodilo standard, “Johnny O’Connor.”

“Some of you may have heard,” Tour Director Angus Woods announced just before the group’s finale, “that you can take a Krok home with you tonight for just $20.” He holds up a CD. “And, for tonight only, you can have two for the very special price of $40!”

Okay, okay … but in all fairness, proceeds go to support the group as they continue their North American tour. Next stop is Vail, Colorado, then Los Angeles, where daytime highs were reported to be in the mid-seventies.


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