Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra Preps To Shake, Rattle & Roll
Does the name “Flash Cadillac” strike a familiar chord? The high-energy but all-ages-friendly rock’n'roll band of that name will join the Philharmonic to do some serious roof-raising at the Victory Theatre on October 29th.
Evansville, IN – The group Flash Cadillac joins the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra to form a 60-piece rock-n-roll band performing live for Vectren’s Opening Night Pops concerts: “Shake, Rattle & Roll with Flash Cadillac” at the Victory Theatre on Saturday, October 29th at 7:00 PM and Sunday, October 30th at 2:00 PM. The concerts kick-off the Evansville Philharmonic’s Pops Concert Series, part of its “Celebrate the American Spirit” 2011-2012 season. The concerts showcase music born in the U.S.A: classic rock-n-roll of the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s.
Flash Cadillac’s high-energy concerts are a hit with both critics and fans. Rolling Stone Magazine states, “…their live performances prove they can cut all competition to ribbons.” “The group is a virtual encyclopedia of rock’s last (30+) years…supremely entertaining,” writes The Denver Post. The Lost Angeles Times proclaims, “Anyone who laments the passing of rock ‘n roll…should shake, rattle and bop (not stroll) down to where the fantastic FLASH CADILLAC will be ripping it up.”
Flash Cadillac has been performing classic rock-n-roll continuously since 1969.
In 1971, they were the first band to appear on American Bandstand without having released a record. They have gone on to record several since then and a number of Flash Cadillac’s singles landed on the national charts, including “Good Times, Rock & Roll” in 1974 and, two years later, a collaboration with disc jockey Wolfman Jack on “Did You Boogie (With Your Baby).”
American movie buffs first became acquainted with Flash Cadillac in 1973, when they played on screen in American Graffiti. The group hit the silver screen again five years later, in a rather less lighthearted epic, Apocalypse Now. And they were no strangers to television, with frequent stints on The Tonight Show, The Midnight Special, In Concert, Bandstand and all the other pre-MTV vehicles for rock acts. They also appeared in an episode of Happy Days written especially for them, which aired in September 1975 and was the number one show in the ratings for that week.
Today, Flash Cadillac matches their high-energy act with orchestras across the country, including the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra on October 29 and 30. The show presents some 20 tunes from Bobby Darin, Roy Orbison, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, and more. Hear “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section; kick your heels up to “Shout”; have fun with “Splish, Splash”; and immerse yourself in the soulful sounds of “When a Man Loves a Woman.” From “Jailhouse Rock” to “Layla”, this show packs a powerful punch of classic rock repertoire.
Flash Cadillac features Warren Knight on bass guitar and vocals; Dwight Bement on saxophone, keys and vocals; Dave “Thumper” Henry on drums, percussion and vocals; Timothy P. Irvin on vocals; Rocky Mitchell on guitar and vocals, and Pete Santilli on keyboard and vocals. Maestro Alfred Savia conducts the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. Pre-concert entertainment on Saturday evening will be provided by the University of Evansville Saxophone Ensemble.
Season and single tickets for all Philharmonic events are on sale now. Single tickets for “Shake, Rattle & Roll with Flash Cadillac” start at just $25 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under. Subscribers can save at least $13 per seat for this concert when they purchase season tickets by calling the Philharmonic Box Office at (812) 425 – 5050. Single tickets may also be purchased by phone or by ordering online at www.evansvillephilharmonic.org. Student Rush tickets are available for just $8 at the Victory Theatre’s Sixth Street box office starting one hour prior to the concert. Student ID is required and seating is based upon availability. Members of club2030 may register online for $10 tickets up to 4:00 PM on Saturday, October 29 (an additional two dollar internet fee per ticket applies). Visit website for details.
Vectren’s Opening Night Pops – “Shake, Rattle & Roll with Flash Cadillac” is sponsored by Vectren Corporation. Media sponsor for the Philharmonic’s “Celebrate the American Spirit” 2011-2012 season is 14 NEWS.