Clarion Hotel & Conference Center Ballroom
2930 Waterfront Pkwy. West Drive
Thursday, June 21–Saturday, June 23, 7 p.m., $25-$35
Cool music and hot cars never go out of style. Head out to the 15th Annual Rockabilly Rebel Weekend for a blast from the past, here in the present. The annual 1950s music festival attracts spectators and performers from all over the world and is the longest running festival of its kind in the United States.
Modern rockabilly calls the listener back to the music of artists like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Wanda Jackson, while mixing in other genres. Punk, rock, country and blues elements can be found in the work of today’s young rockabilly groups. The original premise is still there — a hard rocking tempo, country and blues undertones, a rowdy vocal style and guitar pickin’ — but newer groups add their own flair to the genre.
David Loehr will present the annual event. He opened the James Dean Gallery in Fairmount, Ind., in 1988. Sixteen different acts will perform, including the legendary Narvel Felts. Felts is an original rockabilly artist with more than 200 recordings released on CD. He’ll perform as part of Saturday’s lineup.
On Friday, check out the Stumbleweeds. Lead singer Lynnette Lenker’s twangy, swingin’ vocals will make you want to get up and boogie.
Furthermore, Rumble Club, a Kentucky-based four-piece that got together in 2004, features a full-blown storm of percussion and guitar along with deep, low vocals in the style of Cash. And these are just a few of the many acts bound to please.
Feeling like you’re not quite in the correct frame of mind to enjoy all this ’50s flair? Then stop by the vintage and retro vendors. There’ll be plenty to buy, including clothing, jewelry, records, CDs, novelty items, collectibles and more.
And don’t forget to check out the eighth annual Road Rockets Rumble on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the Clarion Hotel.
There’ll be more live music to be found, along with plenty of hot roddin’ action. So get ready to boogie on down and enjoy a musical genre that never quite went out of fashion.