The third band of the night was New York's own Rhythm Bound. Holy cow, absolute killer authentic Rockabilly and Rockin' 50's Country sound. They were outstanding and the good times just kept on rollin'!
Next up was Roy Rapid & The Rhythm Rock Trio. They had a very wild authentic Rockabilly and Rock n' Roll sound. Does the fantastic line up continue? You better believe it, this was a Rockabilly, Hepcat Heaven. The Hepcats were out in force by the way in their great authentic outfits.
The special guest at this event was Al Hawkes, founder of Event Records. He spoke for some time about the history of his label and some of the experiences that he had during it's existence. It was quite interesting to hear this first hand. I got to learn a lot about the styles and thought process behind the guitar theory of some of the most prolific Rockabilly guitarists in the scene today. I hope that I don't miss any of the outstanding musicians who were involved here. There was Miss Griffin of Jittery Jack and formerly of the Raging Teens, Mike Molnar of the Bellfuries, Jim Gaudette of Leah & Her J-Walkers, Ashley Kingman of Big Sandy & The Fly Rite Boys, Tommy Harkenrider of Amber Foxx, Tjarko Jeen of the Modern Don Juans and of course Sean Mencher of High Noon on guitar. Kevin Stewart of Big Sandy & The Fly Rite Boys was backing them on bass. This was a fun and very informative seminar. Later in the afternoon, in the ballroom you were offered Jive lessons. This would be Drinking & Jiving with the League. It was quite a good setting for this and they had a strict no pictures allowed policy. So, if you feel embarrassed while learning to dance and don't want your picture taken, rest assured that this is good for you. They did a great job teaching the jiving but I decided that the drinking side was a better fit for me that day.
On to the music, another outstanding night! First up was the lovely Amber Foxx. As a side note, her performance was phenomenal and she was going on 3 hours of sleep. Amber and her crew had flown into Chicago to catch their connecting flight. Well, some moron set the tower on fire and halted all flights. Most bands would have given up and went home. Not Amber and her steadfast companions. They rented a car and drove 18 hours straight from Chicago to make it to the Shake-Up. What a performance they put on. They really have some of the finest authentic Rockabilly and Rock n' Roll sounds out there. Look for her band bio and record review on this issue, the November issue of this site.
Saturday started off with the car show on the front parking lot. There were a ton of vendors around the outer edges of the lot. They had a lot of great things to offer from clothing to car parts. There were some outstanding authentic cars on hand. Three bands played outside during the car show. I was checking out the bands outside from time to time and they were sounding quite good. I have to admit however that I was spending most of my early afternoon inside at Sean Mencher's Guitar seminar.
Last but not least on Friday was another great Canadian artist, Bloodshot Bill. Holy cow, he is always at the top of his game and a superb showman. He really hammered it home with his wild Rock n' Roll and Rockabilly sound that Hasil Adkins would be proud of! Bloodshot Bill often plays as a one man band but at the Shake-Up, he was backed by the Hick Ups who did a fantastic job. Thinking that it can't continue to be this good? Keep on thinking, Beck Rustic put together an outstanding line up. Read on and try to keep up as this was a wild weekend.
The next band to play were the Modern Don Juans with their wild authentic Rockabilly sounds.....and the party rolls on! Man this night was really going great.
Third up were the Greasemarks from Canada. They were really getting things rolling with their great authentic Rockabilly sound.
Following up this act was the Outta Sites who really laid down the 60's Rock n' Roll sounds that they are most known for.
The ballroom was our next goal. It was complete with two bartenders and a nice sized dance floor with tables and chairs. The stage was of course front and center and the sound control was excellent. The Shake-Up at it's peak on Saturday had approximately 800 - 1,000 people. It can definitely accomodate more. After a great experience with the vintage barber "Lucky's Barber Shop", it was off to the music. The music on Friday started off on a great note with Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings belting out their great 50's Rock n' Roll sound.
The New England Shake-Up 2014! Absolute killer weekender from the spin of the first record until the soccer game on the dance floor with oranges. If you have never experienced the New England country side in the Fall, you are missing a lot. Absolute beautiful drive up to the village of Sturbridge Massachusetts this time of year. The Fall colors are really breaking and it is breathtaking. Sturbridge is a quaint little village with all the amenities that one needs for a great weekend. The show hotel is the Sturbridge Host and is quite well suited for the job. It is in a picturesque location complete with a lake, large shade trees and a 1960''s era hotel. The prices are quite reasonable and well worth it. This show had just about everything. With a killer line up of 16 bands in the ballroom and 3 in the parking lot for Saturday's car show. There were a fair amount of vendors with a large assortment of wares. One note, how about a record dealer for year three? There were a few vendors there that had a small offering of records. These consisted of mainly 60's-80's main stream stuff. I found the DJ's record box most interesting only to find that those were out for show but not for sale. That was the only thing missing from the offerings at this year's event. Upon entering the show hotel on Friday, we saw the pin up collaboration of Vintage Girl Studios, Cherry Dollface and Betty Bomber Cosmetics. This was quite a unique event in this setting with the picturesque location at one's disposal. It was pretty interesting to see this process first hand. Cherry Dollface would do a girl's hair and swap back and forth with Bomber Betty who was doing the make up. Once they felt that this girl was properly done up, they would hand her over to Krystyna of Vintage Girl Studios for photos. The beautiful setting made for some really nice photo ops. Keep on the look out for our interview with Cherry Dollface.