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Oldies Sock Hop Will Rock The County Center

October 8, 2005

Dust off your poodle skirt, grab your black leather jacket and head over to the Westchester County Center for some of the best oldies bands of all time during a Saturday Night Sock Hop on Saturday, October 15, at 7:00 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Westchester County Parks and the American Heart Association of Westchester County, with a portion of the proceeds from the night’s event to benefit the organization. The concert brings together bands of the 1950s and ‘60s for an evening of great entertainment in the Main Hall.

Headlining the entertainment is Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, an 11-piece band best known for their powerful performance of songwriter Jim Webb’s “The Worst that Could Happen.” With its trademark strong vocal performance by Maestro and the band’s dramatic horn arrangements, the Brooklyn Bridge won a Gold Record in 1969.

Other popular hits by the band include “Welcome Me Love,” “Your Husband My Wife” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” The band has played to sold-out shows at major clubs and concert halls throughout the country, including Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Carnegie Hall.

It was 1961 when the popular “Barbara Ann” by The Regents topped the record charts, and the band’s music has been going strong ever since. Their follow-up hit “Runaround” also became a national hit during the summer of that same year. The group has performed at major concert venues throughout the country, and will sing their big hits at the Sock Hop.

Hailing from the Bronx, Larry Chance & the Earls stormed the 1950s with hits that helped define the doo-wop era of rock ‘n’ roll. The group will perform “Life is But a Dream,” “I Believe” and the classic “Remember Then” and more with the Big Apple Horns.

And, what oldies night would be complete without a classic “girl group!” The Shangri-Las, originally comprising four young girls from Queens, hit the national Top Five chart with their sultry hit “Remember (Walking in the Sand),” which was closely followed by the Number One single “Leader of the Pack” and “I Can Never Go Home Anymore.”

Vintage “malt shop-style” food, including hamburgers, hot dogs, malts, and egg creams, will be available throughout the evening. Tickets are $40 for table seating (tables of 8) around the dance floor on the first floor, and $35 for concert seating upstairs in the balcony. All prices are for reserved seating.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the County Center box office, at TicketMaster outlets or by calling TicketMaster at (845) 454-3388 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. 4 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the event.

The County Center is located at 198 Central Avenue, at the junction of Tarrytown Road (Route 119) and the Bronx River Parkway in White Plains. Ample onsite parking is available. Parking is $4 in the County Center lot. The County Center is also just a short walk from the White Plains Metro-North railroad station, and is accessible via the Westchester County BEE-LINE bus system.

For more information about the Saturday Night Sock Hop, call the County Center at (914) 995-4050 or log on to www.westchestergov.com/parks.



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