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The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is pleased to announce the musical line-up for this summer’s Doo-Wop Saturday Night outdoor concert on Saturday, July 14, at Camp Washington-Carver in Clifftop, Fayette County.
Groups scheduled to perform at the popular annual event include Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Platters; The Classic Rock All Stars featuring original members of Rare Earth, Iron Butterfly/Blues Image, Sugarloaf, and Cannibal and the Headhunters; and Doo-Wop Saturday Night regulars Rockin’ Robin’s Rhythm Kings. Concert-goers will hear all the great hits from these supergroups, including “The Great Pretender,” “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” “Twilight Time,” “Ride Captain Ride,” “I Just Want to Celebrate,” “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” “Green-Eyed Lady” and “Land of a Thousand Dances.” The Classic Rock All Stars also will perform a tribute to Motown and the Four Seasons.
Billed as the number one classic rock supergroup in the world, The Classic Rock All Stars earn rave reviews and keep audiences on their feet with hit after hit from some of the greatest bands of the 1970s. All Star drummer Peter Rivera was the original lead singer and founder of Rare Earth, the first white band to sign with Motown. Rare Earth’s hits included “Get Ready,” “Losing You,” “I Just Want To Celebrate,” “Born to Wander,” and “Hey Big Brother.” The group’s “Get Ready” album is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The original lead singer and founder of Sugarloaf, Jerry Corbetta plays keyboard with the All Stars. Sugarloaf’s hits included “Green-Eyed Lady,” “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You,” and “Bach Doors Man.” Corbetta also recorded and toured with Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons. Guitarist Mike Pinera was the original singer for Blues Image, whose hits included the song “Ride Captain Ride.” He also was a member of Iron Butterfly, whose “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” album is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Bass guitarist Dennis Noda was the leader and musical director of Cannibal and the Headhunters. The group was best known for “Land of a Thousand Dances,” which has become the all-time dance party anthem “Na-Na, Na, Na, Na.”
The Platters formed in Los Angeles in 1953. Two years later they had their first hit, “Only You,” and began their climb to stardom as the most popular vocal group of the 1950s. Between 1955-60, The Platters had four number one songs and 16 gold records, most of which can still be heard on any oldies station in the country. The group’s record sales are in excess of 80 million copies and include hits like “My Prayer,” “Harbor Lights” and “(You’ve Got) The Magic Touch.” They have toured in some 75 countries and have played venues ranging from Madison Square Garden to the Bottom Line, delighting audiences on a regular basis. In 1990, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Legendary disc jockey Wolfman Jack called Rockin’ Robin’s Rhythm Kings “the greatest band on the planet.” Started as a backup band in the late 1970s, Rockin’ Robin has worked with a variety of doo-wop artists, including The Drifters, The Coasters, Danny & the Juniors, Gary U.S. Bonds, Frankie Avalon and The Shirelles. They have been featured on more than 150 television shows, hundreds of recordings and thousands of concerts around the world. They were the first rock band to play the “Grand Ole Opry” in Nashville and have performed at The Royal Albert Hall, The Palladium and The Super Bowl.
In addition to enjoying the great music, concert-goers can cruise through the aisles of hot vintage cars in the Doo-Wop Saturday Night Classic Car Show. New additions to the event’s afternoon activities will include bubble gum blowing, Elvis look-a-like and hoola-hoop contests; oldies karaoke; and the world’s largest Twister game. Food, drink and souvenir concessions also will be available.
Gates open at 1 p.m. Contests and games will be held from 2-5 p.m. The show begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $7 for children under 12. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to spread out on the ground. Alcoholic beverages and coolers are prohibited. No rainchecks or refunds will be given.
Camp Washington-Carver is located in Clifftop, adjacent to Babcock State Park just off Rt. 60 (Midland Trail) on Rt. 41. Official promotional sponsors for Doo-Wop Saturday Night are The Fayette Tribune, Groovy 94.1 and Mountain River Tours Inc.
For more information, call (304) 438-3005.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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Media Note: Publicity photos for the Doo Wop Saturday Night may be downloaded from the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org/agency/press/doowop01.html. For prints, please contact Ginny Painter at (304) 558-0220, ext. 120.