Rockabilly Rumble, Wanda Jackson
J. Roddy Walston and The Business, Low Cut Connie, Kathia Jane and the V8s, Woody Pines, Old Baltimore Speedway, Bryan Russo, Mark Whiskey and the Sours, Toy Soldiers, The Diggity Dudes
500 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE, 19801
Doors 12:00 PM / Show 1:00 PM
Save the date, prime your engines and get ready for a rockin’ good time on Sunday, August 11th!
Rockabilly Rumble is Gable Music Ventures and World Cafe Live at the Queen’s indoor/outdoor music festival that combines rockabilly, swing, ska and burlesque with mouth-watering barbeque and food vendors including Famous Dave’s and mobile coffee cafe Java Puppy, a local craft and flea market and a beer garden with shade to cool you down and games to keep you out of trouble.
Kids under 12 get in free! Doors open at noon and the music kicks off at 1pm.
Daytime Block Party tickets are just $10 (+ fees) to hear Peanut Butter and Jams present The Diggity Dudes, Low Cut Connie, Toy Soldiers, The Tin Can Ramblers, the vintage variety of Hot Buttered Nuggets, the signature wildcat voice of Kathia Jane and the V8’s, the virtuosic guitar twang of Mark Whiskey and the Sours, Old Baltimore Speedway, Bryan Russo, Full Blown Cherry and Woody Pines.
The Rumble will swing in a rowdy direction and head indoors come 7pm. A $20 (+ fees) Evening Only ticket will get you into Downstairs Live to hear Wanda Jackson and J. Roddy Walston and the Business along with Philadelphia’s premiere neo-burlesque troupe The Peek-a-Boo Revue.
Want to catch the whole shebang? A full-day pass is just $25 (+ fees)!
To make your day at The Rockabilly Rumble more enjoyable, please take note of the following guidelines:
-Street parking is free on Sundays on the surrounding streets and convenient paid parking is available in the Renaissance Center Garage on 5th Street between Market and King Streets.
-Re-entry is allowed upon showing your wristband or hand stamp at the entrance.
-Don't forget to bring some cash to purchase food, buy beautiful handmade crafts or support the arts by purchasing your favorite artist's latest CD! An ATM will be available indoors.
-The Festival is a rain or shine event! Please make sure to pack your sunscreen and hats as shade will be limited. In the event of rain, the festival will be moved indoors into World Cafe Live at the Queen. Tickets are non-refundable.
-All set times are approximate and programs are subject to change. The performance schedule will be posted online and in programs distributed at the festival gate.
-Alcohol and outside food may not be brought into the festival grounds. Plenty of water, alcohol and food will be available for sale. Bags, backpacks, purses and other carry-in items will be inspected at the entrance.
-Pets are not permitted except for assistance animals.
-Lawn chairs are permitted for the outdoor portion of the festival.
-Non-professional cameras, without a flash or telephoto lens are permitted; however, tape recorders, video cameras and/or motion picture cameras or professional cameras with a telephoto lens are not allowed.
Wanda Jackson was born in Oklahoma, but her father Tom — himself a country singer who quit because of the Depression — moved the family to California in 1941. He bought Wanda her first guitar two years later, gave her lessons, and encouraged her to play piano as well. In addition, he took her to see such acts as Tex Williams, Spade Cooley, and Bob Wills, which left a lasting impression on her young mind. Tom moved the family back to Oklahoma City when his daughter was 12 years old. In 1952, she won a local talent contest and was given a 15-minute daily show on KLPR. The program, soon upped to 30 minutes, lasted throughout Jackson's high school years. It's here that Thompson heard her sing. Jackson recorded several songs with the Brazos Valley Boys, including "You Can't Have My Love," a duet with Thompson's bandleader, Billy Gray. The song, on the Decca label, became a national hit, and Jackson's career was off and running. She had wanted to sign with Capitol, Thompson's label, but was turned down due to her young age, so she signed with Decca instead.
Jackson insisted on finishing high school before hitting the road. When she did, her father became her road manager and hit the road with her. Her mother made and helped design Wanda's stage outfits. "I was the first one to put some glamour in the country music — fringe dresses, high heels, long earrings," Jackson said of these outfits. When Jackson first toured in 1955 and 1956, she was placed on a bill with none other than Elvis Presley. The two hit it off almost immediately. Jackson said it was Presley, along with her father, who encouraged her to sing rockabilly.
In 1956, Jackson finally signed with Capitol, a relationship that lasted until the early '70s. Her recording career bounced back and forth between country and rockabilly; she did this by often putting one song in each style on either side of a single. Jackson cut the rockabilly hit "Fujiyama Mama" in 1958, which became a major success in Japan. Her version of "Let's Have a Party," which Elvis had cut earlier, was a U.S. Top 40 pop hit for her in 1960, after which she began calling her band the Party Timers. A year later, she was back in the country Top Ten with "Right or Wrong" and "In the Middle of a Heartache." In 1965, she topped the German charts with "Santa Domingo," sung in German. In 1966, she hit the U.S. Top 20 with "The Box It Came In" and "Tears Will Be the Chaser for Your Wine." Jackson's popularity continued through the end of the decade.
Jackson toured regularly, was twice nominated for a Grammy, and was a big attraction in Las Vegas from the mid-'50s into the '70s. She married IBM supervisor Wendell Goodman in 1961, and instead of quitting the business — as many women singers had done at the time — Goodman gave up his job in order to manage his wife's career. He also packaged Jackson's syndicated TV show, Music Village. In 1971, Jackson and her husband became Christians, which she says saved their marriage. She released one gospel album on Capitol in 1972, Praise the Lord, before shifting to the Myrrh label for three more gospel albums. In 1977, she switched again, this time to Word Records, and released another two.
In the early '80s, Jackson was invited to Europe to play rockabilly and country festivals and to record. She's since been back numerous times. More recently, American country artists Pam Tillis, Jann Browne, and Rosie Flores have acknowledged Jackson as a major influence. In 1995, Flores released a rockabilly album, Rockabilly Filly, and invited Jackson, her longtime idol, to sing two duets on it with her. Jackson embarked on a major U.S. tour with Flores later that year. It was her first secular tour in this country since the '70s, not to mention her first time back in a nightclub atmosphere. After releasing the critically acclaimed, "Heart Trouble", and "I Remember Elvis".. Wanda continues to tour all over the world to sold out venues.
In 2009 Wanda was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, and Bruce Springsteen were just a few of the high-profile artists that encouraged the Hall to induct the Queen over the last few years. That year it was also announced that Jackson would start work on new recordings with Jack White. The resulting album, The Party Ain't Over, was released on January 25, 2011. It included a cover of the Bob Dylan rockabilly song, "Thunder on the Mountain" as well as a fiery cover of Amy Winehouse's hit song "You Know I'm No Good". "The Party Ain't Over" was well-received by many critics and fans all over the world.
J. Roddy Walston and The Business
Low Cut Connie
Kathia Jane and the V8s
Crackerjack musicianship goes a long way toward a band’s greatness but showmanship seals the deal. On stage, Woody Pines is an old soul and natural performer, storied and steeped in the best of American music. His group infuses a hundred years of American music into their live performance - everything from early 20th century acoustic blues and rockabilly to the sounds of the White Stripes and The Black Keys. They'll even drop some hip-hop vibes in the mix. It's a fast-paced, swinging, high-energy show.
The band includes Zack Pozebanchuck on upright bass, Lyon Graulty on clarinet, lead guitar and vocal harmonies, Mike Gray on drums and Woody on guitar, harmonica and vocals. They create a Halloween hootenanny that could have come straight out of a time-traveling vaudeville show. Their song "Counting Alligators" puts listeners straight into the backseat of a convertible with Doctor John and Professor Longhair, whipping around the back roads of the Delta on a crisp, autumn night. Their songs "Nashville" and "Delta Bound" evoke Southern gossip or a post-Civil War America where the blues weren't just a style of music, but a way of life. "We pick and choose the best sounding music in the world and sing our own words and put our hearts and souls into that backdrop," says Pines, thus creating a truly unique and infectious style never heard before.
Old Baltimore Speedway
Rising like a fiery phoenix from the ashes of millions of former bands comes Old Baltimore Speedway! Ready to rock you super hard in the Victrola then go eat sushi.
Bryan Russo is an acclaimed songwriter, and an award winning journalist, whose big bluesy voice wallops audiences with soulful lyrics that bite. He’s an old soul with a sound to match and he writes like he overheard Tom Waits and Randy Newman talking about life in a diner. Bryan has shared the stage (either solo or with his bad The Tragic Figures) with such acts as: The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, G Love and Special Sauce, Donavon Frankenreiter, Shooter Jennings, Lukas Nelson and POTR, J Roddy Walston and the Business, Low Cut Connie, and very soon….John Mayall.
Mark Whiskey and the Sours
The Diggity Dudes
When we say Diggity, you say Dude…
The first thing you’ll notice at a Diggity Dudes show is the smiles. Everyone is smiling – the audience, the Dudes, even their pet rock Carl has relinquished his stone faced frown. It’s infectious, and it’s only just the beginning…
One part memorable melodies and two-parts humor (or is it the other way around??), the Dudes sing about kid-centric topics in an adult-friendly way. Together barely more than a year, they have played baseball stadiums and kiddie palladiums, elementary schools and the morning news, children’s museums and…hmm, nothing rhymes with museum. Oh, and a duck race (rubber, not real).
When you say Diggity, we say…we’re on our way!
All sales are final. Ticket prices do not include processing fees. There are no refunds or exchanges. Cameras & recording devices are not permitted. Showtime and supporting acts are subject to change.
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