The “Hit Kings of Rock Radio” are coming in the mid 60’s into the 70’s, their music was like gold nuggets from the gods. Before the internet, social networking, or You Tube, AM rock radio was the teenage medium that delivered the goods. It was during this most exciting time in music that the most durable hits and memories for American youth were created.
On Saturday night, April 8th, four of the biggest acts in pop music history with over 22 million selling songs between them will take the stage at the Vern Riffe Center in Portsmouth, Ohio for “Wendy’s Old Fashioned Rock n’ Roll House Party 18.”
Mitch Ryder is given credit for the creation of “Detroit city rock n’ roll” and being the influences for Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Bryan Adams, Mick Jagger and so many others. It was on a small independent label in the motor city that the infectious “frat sound” was born. “Devil with the Blue Dress/Good Golly Miss Molly,” “Jenny Take a Ride,” “Sock It to Me,” and “Little Latin Lupe Lu” are considered some of the greatest rock standards of all time!
Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of Paul Revere and the Raiders fronted a look plus a sound that made the band instant favorites. Mark’s fun and on stage charm won over millions of fans on such hits as “Kicks,” “Just Like Me,” “Hungry,” “Him or Me, “Good Things,” and others. His solo career included the million sellers “Indian Reservation,” and “Arizona.”
The Association was a group best remembered for their tight harmony and impeccable love songs. One surprising note for the softer/folk rock group was the fact that they were the lead-off act for the Monterey Pop Music Festival in 1967. Coupled with their style and contagious hooks The Association always created radio magic on such as great hits as “Never My Love,” “Along Comes Mary,” “Windy,” and of course the #1 dedication song of all- time, “Cherish.”
Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night helped sculpture the pop landscape with his own talents and style that created some of the most loved and best remembered songs of a generation. Chuck’s lead vocals paved the way on such Three Dog Night classic hits such as “Old Fashioned Love Song,” “Easy to be Hard”, “One,” “Pieces of April,” “Out in the Country,” “Joy to the World,” and others.
Tickets start at just $45 and can be purchased at the McKinley Box office on the campus of Shawnee State University from 10am-5 pm Monday through Friday or by calling 740-351-35600. You can also go on-line and choose the best seats in the house at vrcfa.com.
The evening of fun starts with a Vern Riffe Center “Lobby Party” and a live radio broadcast at 5:00 pm sponsored by Pepsi and Sodexo Catering. Following the show there will be an official “after-party” at the Downtown Holiday Inn/ Oscars sponsored by American Savings bank. “Wendy’s Old Fashioned Rock n’ Roll House Party 18” is officially sponsored by Wendy’s, SSU, and Hometown Radio of Portsmouth.