The Stray Cats Lee Rocker
Lee Rocker headlines on Saturday August 13, 2011 at The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, Kingsley Ballroom.
Publications from USA Today to Billboard and The New York Times raved about the undeniable power and foot-stomping fun of Rocker’s Americana-based roots rock....And now, on the heels of the national Stray Cats 2007 summer reunion tour, Lee Rocker is back with his second Alligator album, Black Cat Bone.....Born in Massapequa, Long Island, Rocker grew up with music all around him....During grade school, his close friends included Jimmy McDonnell (later to become Slim Jim Phantom) and Brian Setzer. They jammed together often and with influences like Muddy Waters, Carl Perkins, Bill Haley & the Comets, this trio, known by 1979 as The Stray Cats, began to single-handedly revive rockabilly music in the U.S. and, eventually, around the world....The group’s first American album, 1982’s Built For Speed, became a huge hit, and held the #2 spot on the Billboard chart for 26 weeks, right behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller.....the furious touring of the early 1980s turned Rocker into one of the best showmen working in any genre. According to the Orange County Weekly, “there has never been a rock ‘n’ roll bass player more fun to watch in concert than Lee Rocker.” ...read more
Stray Cat Lee Rocker - "Rock This Town" @ Pershing Square L.A.
Lee Rocker Performs with Broadway's MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
BILL HALEY Jr.
Bill Haley Jr. will be joining our LINEUP on Saturday August 13 for the big SHOWDOWN! He will be performing the music made famous by his father's band Bill Haley and The Comets.
Senior Bill Haley was one of the first American rock and roll musicians. He is credited by many with first popularizing this form of music in the early 1950s with his group Bill Haley & His Comets and their hit song
"Rock Around the Clock". That song was the first record ever to sell over one million copies in both Britain and Germany and, in 1957, Haley became the first major American rock singer to tour Europe. Haley continued to score hits throughout the 1950s such as "See You Later, Alligator" and he starred in the first rock and roll musical movies Rock Around the Clock and Don't Knock the Rock, both in 1956.
Original Comet musician Bill Turner backs Bill Haley Jr. on Saturday August 13th at The Kingsley Ballroon, Berkeley Oceanfront!
Bill Turner played lead guitar for Bill Haley until the end of 1976. In 1975 he participated in one of Rudy Pompilli's final performances at the Nite Cap, where Rudy was reunited with Franny Beecher after 13 years. Turner continues to be an active and enthusiastic promoter of Bill Haley's legacy; this included helping Haley's widow, Martha, sort out estate issues in the 1980s, and escorted Haley's youngest children, Pedro and Gina, to Bill Haley's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Philadelphia Music Foundation
inductions in 1987. Turner reunited “THE ORIGINAL 1955 COMETS" band members for the Philadelphia Music Awards (Frannie Beecher on guitar; Marshall Lytle on bass; Dick Boccelli on drums; and Johnny Grande-piano and Joey D'Ambrosio on sax). Turner recently returned from a highly successful spring European tour with Bill's youngest daughter Georgina Haley, commemorating the 30th anniversary of his passing; and translated the new 900 page Bill Haley biography by Otto Fuchs from German into English. Turner continues a close association with Martha Haley and the Haley family.
The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn
The Blue Vipers from Brooklyn are an acoustic Dixieland, early swing, gospel and blues band, composed of homemade washboard percussion, upright bass, resonator guitar, trumpet with the occasional addition of violin/fiddle & tenor saxophone. Their repertoire of witty songs with moving yet often bawdy lyrics and catchy 4 part vocal harmony always draw large crowds.
Members include: Billy Nemec-guitar/lead vocals, Christopher Pistorino-Bass, David Langlois-Drums, Sam Hoyt-Trumpet, Sean Condron-guitar.
It was under the mentorship of clowns, jugglers, mimes, acrobats and legendary street performers like Anthony “Tuba Fatts” Lacen and The New Orleans Jazz Vipers that Billy Nemec honed his musical and performing ability. He spent four years playing for crowds on the streets of New Orleans and traveling with another carnival “Circus Ridikkulous.” In October 2001 Billy moved to New York City and brought with him a vast repertoire of early swing, Dixieland, gospel, country and blues music. TheBlueVipersofBrooklyn.com
Led by jazz chanteuse Shawn Aileen Clark, Lapis Luna transports you and your guests to a long-gone era of genuine romance and spirited swing.
Lapis Luna is the swing band in the ad campaign for Kate Spade’s new fragrance ‘Twirl.’ The full Orchestra also perfomed on the Gatsby Bride episode of David Tutera’s ‘My Fair Wedding’ (WE Network). The band is also in his 2011 wedding book. The Orchestra played for hundreds at Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine 15th Anniversary Gala at the Plaza Hotel in NYC, and for the knot’s annual gala at the New York Public Library. LapisLuna.com
Matthew Piazzi & The Debonairs
The Debonairs featuring Matthew Piazzi, a Top 10 Finalist from Season Three of NBC's hit TV show "America's Got Talent", bring you the best in 1950's Doo Wop, Pop, Rhythm & Blues and Soul.
Hailing from New York City, The Doo Wop capitol of the world, The Debonairs are comprised of eight versatile, experienced group members able to command any stage. Memories will come flooding back as you listen to the sounds of Dion & the Belmonts, Del Shannon, Jackie Wilson, The Drifters, Sam Cooke, The Coaster, Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, Little Richard, Otis Redding, Ray Charles and many more.....read more
|Matthew Piazzi on
"America's Got Talent"
|Matthew Piazzi & The Debonairs
Eddie Clendening & Blue Ribbon Boys
Eddie Clendening is raising the bar for authentic Rockabilly music. Though only in his early 20s, Eddie brings with him more than a decade of experience on the stage with early rock-n-roll greats like Scotty Moore, James Burton, Pat Cupp, Hayden Thompson, Billy Lee Riley, Jimmy Lee Fautheree and scores of others. Contemporary musicians are also taking notice of this explosive and handsome young front man for not only his vocals, but also his work on the electris guitar. Eddie has toured extensively on his own but has also worked with Deke Dickersons Ecco-Fonics, Ruby Ann, The Hi-Qs, Lloyd Tripp, the list goes on and on... He was invited to sing at the Viva Las Vegas and Hemsby festivals with Go Cat Go, one the largest selling roots rock-n-roll groups in the 90s who tragically lost their singer in 1993. And he continues to be in demand wherever fans of ROCK & ROLL gather . . . eddieclendening.blogspot.com
A Capitol Fourth 2011 Musical and Fireworks
extravaganza: Million Dollar Quartet
BOILERMAKER JAZZ BAND
The Boilermaker Jazz Band is an ecstatically fun band performing authentic hot jazz, ragtime, and swing. From concert halls to dances, festivals to family parties, listeners and dancers agree - with their infectious beat and enthusiasm this band can make any crowd move! Leading the Boilermaker Jazz Band on clarinet and vocals is Paul Cosentino, a full time bandleader/performer who founded the band in 1988 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is constantly searching for new and original tunes to add to the band's classic jazz repertoire - you'll hear something different every time! Paul plays an antique Albert system clarinet giving him a wonderfully distinctive sound.
At their February 7th 2009 appearance, band leader Paul Consentino featured singer Dawn Lambeth from California who brought her lilting effervescent style to this authentic hot jazz, ragtime and swing ensemble. The October 21st 2008 appearance featured fabulous female singer Jennie Luvv who thrills with her smooth and sultry vocal stylings. From bar room ballads and not-so-standard standards to hot and bubblin' swing, Jennie's performances add a touch of sophistication to the Boilermaker ensemble. The Boilermaker's April 21st appearance featured the Fabulous Ruth Brisbane. Ruth Brisbane began her singing in the clubs of New York City which brought her to Europe and the Caribbean. Ruth has since performed on the stages of Broadway musicals including One Mo' Time, Grind, The Wiz, and Raisin.
TIKI DADDY echos the sounds of early 20th century jazz and notably the
great Hawaiian steel guitarist Sol Hoopii. The group defines it's
sound as "Hawaiian inspired music, born from a desire to combine the
feel of a swingin' acoustic archtop guitar with the undeniably seductive
sound of the tricone steel guitar. Tracing the influence of the early
adopters of Hawaiian steel guitar into jazz, country and blues music,
Tiki Daddy is obsessed with a period of time when musical categories
were not strictly defined, and cobblers of tunes ruled the day." Their
their debut 9 song cd includes classics like "Hula Girl" and Jimmie
Rodgers' "Everybody Does It In Hawaii". Tiki Daddy consists of Art
Labriola, steel guitar; Al Hemberger, upright bass and vocals; John
Harms, vocals, guitar. ...see more and listen and visit us on Facebook.
Big Joe & The Dynaflows
Joseph Maher a.k.a. "Big Joe" Maher has been a performing drummer/singer over past 30 years. His list of credits is like a "who’s who of blues & jazz," having performed at an early age in his high school jazz band "The Starliners" with the likes of greats like Clark Terry, Urbie Green, Mudell Lowe, James Moody, just to name a few. Thanks to Col. Joe Carley, a retired Air Force Colonel and Director of the Starliners, who knew all of these great musicians and invited them to sit in as guest performers often. After high school Joe went immediately on the road with his own jazz trio. His mission then started to become an accomplished singer/drummer. Over time he shared the stage and backed up musicians like Jimmy Witherspoon, Bullmoose Jackson, James "Thunderbird" Davis, Nappy Brown, Otis Rush, Earl King and more. In the late 80’s after performing with and managing nine piece swing band "The Uptown Rhythm Kings," and after a few years as drummer and touring with the Tom Principato Band, Joe formed his own 5 piece blues jump group "Big Joe & The Dynaflows."...... see more and listen
Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die
Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. is the little New York City rockabilly trio with the big name. The SIT & DIE Boys, as they're known, have been producing quality-built "ballads, boogies & blues", as says their motto, in a lively hillbilly style that's made the bottles bounce on the tables of some of New York city's swellest joints. "The band has matching suits, period set pieces with graphics and typefaces straight out of the early 50s and what sounds like cleverly scripted, faux-corny between-song banter. These guys put on a show and, mercy, they’re pretty darned good. Their originals sound like country standards from fifty years ago and the upright bass player swings like hell. He doesn’t push the beat like so many bluegrass and oldtimey cats do." lucid culture read more and listen
Rave On The Music of Buddy Holly
Chris Roselle features the music of Buddy Holly, playing such hits like That'll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Not Fade Away, Oh Boy, It's So Easy and Rave On! along with other classic early Rock & Roll songs. This is the music that paved the way for Rock & Roll and influenced The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and countless other artists.
For this festival, the selections will be geared toward dancers as this was the music that made you grab your partner and cut a rug. Chris Roselle - Guitar & Lead Vocals, Pete Farley - Bass Guitar & Background Vocals, Don Guinta - Drums & Background Vocals. more and listen
Gas House Gorillas
Rick Fink found his true calling when he formed the Gas House Gorillas. His song writing skills and boundless high energy performances blur the lines that separate Jump Blues, Rock, and Swing, creating a mixture of American music that transcends all walks of life. "The Gas House Gorillas are proud of their New Jersey roots. Guitarist Dean Shot, who joined the band in 2010, hails from West Orange. Another new addition, drummer David Moore, is a Belleville resident, while sax player James White is from North Brunswick" read more
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