AARP Presents Free Virtual Couch Concert Featuring Harlem Fave The O’Jays And More

AARP New York City presents a Virtual Couch Concert Series to bring some holiday cheer to New Yorkers from Harlem to the Hudson during a season impacted by the pandemic.

The AARP New York City Couch Concert series will feature performances and in-depth interviews with artists Bret Michaels, Neil Sedaka, Judy Collins, and The O’Jays.

“During these trying times, we want to bring some musical joy to help communities stay connected at a time when people must practice social distancing to stay safe,” said AARP Associate State Director for Community Engagement Antonio Coppola.

“We know that music can stimulate your brain, trigger memories, and emotions, and connect you with others,” Coppola continued.

A 2020 AARP survey of more than 3,100 adults found that a higher percentage of people who engage in music self-rate aspects of their quality of life and happiness as excellent or very good. They also report lower average levels of anxiety and depression.

A 2020 AARP survey of more than 3,100 adults found that a higher percentage of people who engage in music self-rate aspects of their quality of life and happiness as excellent or very good. They also report lower average levels of anxiety and depression.

According to the report, any type of musical engagement – including singing, dancing, playing an instrument, composing music, and listening to music – appears to hold benefits for adults age 18 and older.

The AARP New York City Virtual Couch Concert Series kicks off Monday, Nov. 30, with Bret Michaels, frontman of rock band Poison, as part of the celebrations honoring National Veterans and Military Families Month.

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The series continues with Neil Sedaka on Thursday, Dec. 3; Judy Collins on Thursday, Dec. 10; The O’Jays on Thursday, Dec. 17. The virtual events will be broadcast on the @AARPNY Facebook channel.

2020 Couch Concert Series Schedule:

  • Monday, Nov. 30 @ 5 p.m. EST – Poison Frontman Bret Michaels
  •  Thursday, Dec. 3 @ 5 p.m. EST – Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee Singer/Songwriter Neil Sedaka
  • Thursday, Dec. 10 @ 5 p.m. EST – Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Judy Collins
  • Thursday, Dec. 17 @ 5 p.m. EST – The O’Jays, multi-gold and platinum R&B group

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age.

With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability, and personal fulfillment.

With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability, and personal fulfillment.

AARP also produces the nation’s largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

More details about the events are found at aarp.org/ny

Photo credit: The Ojay’s on Soul Train 1971 Wikipedia.


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