n' Roll House Party's Legacy is Unpredictable Fun
started out as simply an experiment. Would people come
to an acoustically perfect venue to see original old
time Rock n' Roll performed by the original artist?
The answer was a resounding Hail! Hail! On April 8th
2000, WNXT "The Mix" 99.3 FM and the Vern Riffe Center
for the Arts presented the first "Sensational 60's Show"
to a sold out audience. That first venue included 60's
superstars Mark Lindsay, Mitch Ryder, Gary Lewis & The
Playboys, Billy J. Kramer and the Shangri-las. According
to Vern Riffe Center for the Arts Director Carl Daehler,
"The evening was magic. After the night was over, it
was evident that the market and the enthusiasm for more
were solidly in place," Show co-promoter, WNXT Radio's
Morning DJ Steve Hayes, said that the hardest part was
yet to come. "If you do something on a grandiose scale
once, that's great. The problem then becomes how do
you top yourself the next time to keep the fans coming
back and not being disappointed?" ... See More
99.3, SSU, and “Wendy’s Old Fashioned Rock and Roll House
Party” Rock the Riffe for year 17!
night, April 9th marks the 17th installment of an event
that has become one of the longest in the nation featuring
authentic rock n' roll. Since the shows debut on April 8th,
2000, the stage of the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts in
Portsmouth, Ohio has been the rostrum for over 265 million
selling recordings all sung by the original artists.
year's lineup will bring with them yet another golden cadre
of hits that will bump that total up considerably. Between
the two, they kept the music charts burning red hot throughout
the 60's and 70's with some of pop/rock music's biggest
James and the Shondell's first appeared at House Party
III appearing with Wilson Pickett on a night that saw the
show begin at 8:00 pm, and not end until the crack of 1:00
am. The buzz of Tommy's great performance and his cooperation
to do anything to bring the show home that night earned
him a special spot of favor from all the fans. As one of
pop music's true style innovators, his hits of yesterday
are still the favorites of today. "Hanky Panky,""Mony Mony,""Crystal Blue Persuasion,""Sweet Cherry Wine,""I Think We're
and Clover,""Draggin' The Line,"
and many others have all been covered by more than 300 artists.
Thomas has long been considered one of the best singular
voices in all of modern music. As the only artist with a
Grammy Award in pop, country, and gospel, his style of selling
a song is simply hypnotic to the buyer. First hitting the
charts in 1965 with "I'm so Lonesome I Could Cry,"
B.J.'s parade of classics is all a part of music Americana.
"Hooked on a Feeling,""Raindrops Keep
Falling on My Head,""I Just Can't Help Believin,""Most of All,""Rock n' Roll Lullabye,""Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song"
and so many other great signature songs have insured that
his name is eternally enshrined in popular music's guest
book of greatness.
James and the Shondell's along with B.J. Thomas
will highlight this years "Wendy's Old Fashioned
Rock n' Roll House Party 17" Saturday night, April 9th at
7:30pm on the stage of the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts
in Portsmouth, Ohio. Tickets are $55, $65, and $85 and may
be purchased by calling the McKinley Box Office at (740)
351-3600 or from any Ticketmaster location.
and post party are both planned as the event has become
a full day of fun and great community support sponsored
by Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers, Shawnee State University,
and Hometown Radio Inc. of Portsmouth.