Melanie Safka , famous for the No. 1 hit “Brand New Key,” “Beautiful People” and “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain),” will perform at Veranda on Highland restaurant Aug. 19 as part of the “Veranda Summer Singer and Songwriter Series.”
Accompanying Melanie’s performance are selections from an exclusive “Songwriter menu” created by Veranda’s executive chef Tom Robey. The menu features appetizers such as a crab, watermelon and tomato salad, and main courses like grilled Duroc pork tenderloin with a sweet potato and smoked mushroom hash.
“Melanie, a legendary performer and songwriter, became the voice of an era,” Robey said. “It’s a rare opportunity to experience one of the best in the business in a personal venue like Veranda on Highland. Offering the finest quality is our mantra for both food and entertainment. Whether I’m preparing fresh seafood or homegrown vegetables or a famous artist is on the stage, our customers are offered nothing but excellence.”
Melanie’s career took flight after playing at Woodstock, where her song “Beautiful People” inspired listeners to begin the tradition of holding candles or lighters in the air. This led the young performer to write one of her most recognizable songs, “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain).” It sold over one million copies in 1970 and earned her “ Female Vocalist of the Year” honors from Billboard, Cashbox, Melody Maker, Record World and Bravo.
Another signature tune, “Brand New Key,” topped the charts in 1971. A year later, she was the second artist after the Beatles to have three separate singles on Billboard magazine’s hot 100 chart simultaneously (“Brand New Key,” “Ring The Living Bell” and “The Nickel Song”).
Cocktails are available beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. and the show at 8:15 p.m. The cost is $75, which includes a three course meal and the show. Seats are limited and require reservations, which can be made by calling Veranda on Highland at (205) 939-5551. Additional information is available at www.verandaonhighland.com .
For more information on the artist and her latest projects, visit www.melaniesmusic.com .
The “Veranda Summer Singer and Songwriter Series” concludes on September 2 with No. 1 songwriter Richard Leigh .