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Friday, August 28, 2009

The Music of the 50s and 60s - Coming to Fish Creek!

Another great even coming up! Just received this press release!

Press contact:
Patricia Podgers
(920) 868.2728

The Music of the 50s and 60s
Rocks the Door Community Auditorium
Saturday, September 12, at 7 pm!!

Ask anyone about the music of the 50s and 60s and it is inevitable that the names Buddy Holly, “Big Bopper” Jiles Richardson, and Ritchie Valens are among the first to receive mention. Unfortunately, all three of the rock and roll legends perished in a plane crash in early 1959. And forever after the tragic night would be recalled as “the night the music died.” But on Saturday, September 12 at 7 pm the music will be alive and rocking at the Door Community Auditorium in a “A Night to Remember!”
Taking the stage in an evening that will long be remembered will be headliners the Doo-Wop Daddies, Kim Marie, Larry Lynne, Junior Brantley, and Door County’s own Gary Lane Van Vorous and Paul Lent. It will be a “Night to Remember” the oldies but goodies…great fun for all ages.
Based in Milwaukee, The Doo-Wop Daddies capture the sound that became a classic genre for the generations to follow. The Daddies have redefined the doo-wop of 60 years ago into a masterful performance that will bring the audience to its feet. The group includes Craig Fairchild, Mark Lansing, Mike Welch, Mike Sturino, and Tom Rupenhoff.
Kim Marie recorded her first songs “Jingle Jump” and “Flip Side” when she was only 17 years old. Early in her career she was performed in Las Vegas including the famour Flamingo Hilton. Recalling the distinctive styles of Brenda lee, Connie Francis, and Laverne Baker, Kim Marie is always a favorite.
Leader of the band Skunks, Larry Lynne was formerly the lead guitarist for the Doo-Wop Daddies, as well as spending time as a Mad Lad, his recordings include “I Recommend Her,” “Little Angel,” and “Me & Happiness.” In concert Lynne performs many of Ricky Nelson’s favorites.
Returning to Door County, Grammy nominated Junior Brantley has recreated the sound and style of Chuck Barry, Little Richard, Jimmy Vaughn, and Jerry Lee Lewis. A former member of the fabulous Thunderbirds, Brantley was member of the group when they recorded “Tough Enough,” which became a worldwide hit.
Door County’s first rock and roll recording artist, Gary Lane Van Vorous graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1960. Leaving the peninsula, Lane--who shortened his name for show business—hit the road with a number of guy groups, most notably The Tokens who recorded “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”
In the course of his career, Lane has performed with some of the biggest names in rock and roll, including Gene Pitney, Del Shannon, Lou Christie, and Bobbie Hatfield. Lane credits Dick Clark and Pearl Bailey with providing him with some of the best advice he ever received. “Dick told me to ‘be careful what you sign,’ and Ms. Bailey said ‘honey, just keep on keepin’ on—you’re gonna make it.”
Also a graduate of Gibraltar High School, class of 1979, Paul Lent has toured the Midwest as the lead vocalist for the band “Worlds.” He is the co-founder of the group “After Dark” which has enjoyed regional success, sharing the stage with renowned artists REO Speed Wagon, Starship, Loverboy, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and Night Ranger.
Lent was honored with an invitation to sing the National Anthem at Lambeau Field for a Green Bay Packers vs. Cincinnati Bengals home game. Lent will perform the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
From Bill Haley and the Comets to the Righteous Brothers, “A Night to Remember” will recall some of the most memorable singers in rock and roll history…and recall the legends of the 50s and the 60s.
Tickets for “a Night to Remember” are 36/$26 and $20, and are available at the Door Community Auditorium box office, by phone (920.868.2728), or via the Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 – 3 pm; weekend show days, 11 – 3 pm; and one hour prior to a performance. The Door Community Auditorium is located in Fish Creek, just north of the town center on Highway 42.

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