Joe Nardone Presents: Rock 'N' Roll & Doo Wop
Featuring: Chubby Checker, The Brooklyn Bridge, The 1910 Fruitgum Company, The Happenings
Saturday, Nov 6, 2021 @ 7:00 PM
Doors open at 5:30 PM
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- $39.50, $49.50, $59.50, plus fees
Tickets Go On Sale:
- Aug 9, 2021
- A Kirby Member pre-sale begins Thursday, August 5 at 10:00 a.m.
Joe Nardone presents an incredible four-act Rock and Roll/Doo Wop Spectacular on Saturday,
November 6TH at the FM Kirby Center in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.
Headlining the show is Pennsylvania legend Chubby Checker. Chubby’s hits, starting with “The Twist,” introduced the idea of couples “dancing apart to the beat,” leading to a revolution in dancing with one dance craze after another (the Jerk, the Hully Gully, etc.). Chubby was at the forefront of the genre, with the Fly, the Pony and the Hucklebuck. “The Twist” soared to #1 on the charts and was the only song to re-enter the charts two years later and go to #1 again. “Pony Time” was also a #1 smash and “Let’s Twist Again” and “The Limbo Rock” were also huge hits. Chubby won the Grammy for Best Rock Performance and was the only artist to have 5 albums in the top 12 at the same time. Chubby Checker merchandise was everywhere: t-shirts, shoes, ties, dolls, even chewing gum! In 1964, he married Catharina Lodders, Miss World of 1962. Chubby looks and acts young; and still has all the dance moves; you’ll know why he was voted “Casino Performer of the Year.”
Co-headlining the show and returning to Wilkes Barre where they brought down the house a few years ago are The Brooklyn Bridge. Lead singer Johnny Maestro had hits with the Crests, including “16 Candles,” “The Angels Listened In” and “Step by Step,” prior to forming the Brooklyn Bridge. The Bridge, with five original members, does those songs plus their big hits of the late 1960s: “The Worst That Could Happen” (#3), “Welcome me Love,” “Blessed is the Rain,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Your Husband, My Wife.” Current lead singer Joe Esposito is incredible. He performed “Lady, Lady, Lady” in the 1983 film “Flashdance,” sang “You’re the Best” in 1984’s “Karate Kid,” and collaborated with Donna Summer on “Heaven Knows” and Bad Girls.” If you didn’t see them in their only previous Wilkes Barre performance, you have to see them now. If you did see them, your request has been granted…they’re back!
The Happenings, led by their amazing lead singer, Bob Miranda, continue to WOW audiences. They had four gold records and two #1 hits: “See You in September,” “I’ve Got Rhythm,” “Go Away Little Girl” and “My Mammy.”
Opening the show is the 1910 Fruitgum Company. They defined “bubble gum pop” in the 60s, with hits such as “Simon Says” (#4 US, #2 UK chart), “1,2,3 Red Light” and “Indian Giver” (both reached #5 on the charts). Their other hit was “May I take a Giant Step.” They are a fun way to open what will be a great night of music and memories. Thanks for keeping the music alive!