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.
This years lineup includes Mitch Ryder, Mark Lindsay and the Association. Originally, Chuck Negron was slotted to perform, but Negron was involved in an accident, resulting in four broken ribs, the Buckinghams have been scheduled to fill-in.
“This event started as a one-time experiment, and it sold-out. We did show number one, and it was a success, so we went on to a second show. It’s just gained momentum and now we’re in our eighteenth year. It’s one of the oldest rock n’ roll showcases in the country at this point,” said Hometown Radio host Steve Hayes.
According to released materials, Mitch Ryder is given credit for the creation of “Detroit City Rock n’ Roll” and being the influence for artists like Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Bryan Adams and Mick Jagger. His hits include, “Devil with the Blue Dress/Good Golly Miss Molly,” “Jenny Take a Ride,” “Sock It to Me,” and “Little Latin Lupe Lu.”
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.”
Influenced by the musical wave known as the “British Invasion,” the Buckinghams quickly rose into the National Spotlight. Their song, “Kind of a Drag,” hit number one, it wouldn’t be the first. Four more top 15 hits embraced the charts that year including “Don’t You Care”, “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” “Hey Baby (They’re Playing Our Song)”, and “Susan.” The Buckinghams were awarded the Vocal Group of the Year award for 1967.
The evening of fun starts with a Vern Riffe Center “Lobby Party” and a live radio broadcast at 5 p.m. sponsored by Pepsi and Sodexo Catering.
Free snacks and refreshments will be served, t-shirts provided by Mary’s Spirit Shop will also be available.
Following the show there will be an official after-party at the Downtown Holiday Inn/Oscar’s Restaurant 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.
“This show has become a tradition for the people of Portsmouth,” said Hayes. “We like to pick artists that are fan-friendly, it’s more of an experience than just a concert. The artists stay in the Holiday Inn downtown and sometimes they’ll come down and mingle with the guests during the after party. It’s a lot of fun and both the artists and the patrons enjoy it.”
Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased at the McKinley Box office on the campus of SSU from 10 a.m. til 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling 740-351-35600. You can also go online at www.vrcfa.com.
Wendy’s Old Fashioned Rock n’ Roll House Party 18 is officially sponsored by Wendy’s, Shawnee State University, and Hometown Radio of Portsmouth.
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