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Mix 99.3, SSU, and "Wendy's Old Fashioned Rock and Roll House Party" Rock the Riffe for year 17!

Saturday 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.

This 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 icon songs.

Tommy 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.

B.J. 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.

Tommy 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.

A pre 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.

Contact 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.

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