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
Alone now," "Mirage," "Crimson
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.
information concerning "Wendy's Old Fashioned Rock n' Roll
House Party 15" call Steve Hayes at (740) 352-5234 or Joe
Pattie at (740) 351- 3621.