The Virginia Historical Society is hosting a rockabilly concert featuring The Dazzlers, Wrenn Mangum, and Exebelle & The Rusted Cavalcade on October 5 at 7PM. $10/$15 advance, $15/$20 at the door. Cash bar. From the event page: In August, the Virginia Historical Society opened the exhibition Virginia Rocks! The History of Rockabilly in the Commonwealth. […]
The Virginia Historical Society is hosting a rockabilly concert featuring The Dazzlers, Wrenn Mangum, and Exebelle & The Rusted Cavalcade on October 5 at 7PM. $10/$15 advance, $15/$20 at the door. Cash bar.
From the event page:
In August, the Virginia Historical Society opened the exhibition Virginia Rocks! The History of Rockabilly in the Commonwealth. To celebrate Virginia’s long rockabilly roots, the VHS is hosting a rockabilly concert featuring three great groups: The Dazzlers, Wrenn Mangum, and Exebelle & The Rusted Cavalcade. The concert takes place at the VHS on Friday, October 15, 2010, and starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance for VHS members and $15 in advance for non-members. TIckets can also be purchased at the VHS Museum Shop.
When The Dazzlers struck their first chords in 1955, the Lynchburg-area teenagers had no idea they were on the front edge of a new breed of musicians. The five-man group was hired to back rockabilly king Jerry Lee Lewis in 1957. When Lewis didn’t show, The Dazzlers got to play the whole show. That performance led to many others at sock hops and on dance shows across Virginia, and The Dazzlers even went on to open for Chuck Berry. The group recorded several songs at recording studios in Virginia and Tennessee, including “Why Do I Go On?” and “Kitty Kat.” In 1961 The Dazzlers split up to pursue other dreams, but 40 years later, The Dazzlers are now playing on stage together again. As of 2009, The Dazzlers were the only known Virginia rockabilly band still performing with all the original members from the 1950s.
Wrenn Mangum is a singer and entertainer who has been performing in Richmond, Virginia, for more than ten years. Born in Richmond, Wrenn grew up listening to 1950s and rockabilly music. His voice, stage presence, and charisma capture the essence of that era. From humility and humor all the way to romance and rebellion, Wrenn pays tribute to the rockabilly greats Elvis, Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Wrenn’s accomplishments include performing with the Richmond Symphony, during the 2008 and 2009 Presidential Banquet in Washington, DC, and at the 2008 Graceland Elvis Week. When he is not doing solo shows, Wrenn can be found performing around Richmond with the original rock band Boneanchor.
Exebelle & The Rusted Cavalcade
Taking inspiration from Virginia’s folk tradition, local songwriters formed Exebelle & The Rusted Cavalcade in September 2007. The group released The Skeletor Sessions in 2008. Later that year, band members began incorporating thick harmonies and varied instrumentation into their previously stripped-down music. The Antipoison Creek Sessions displayed the new sound in 2009, with each member contributing lead vocals to at least one of the EP’s four tracks. Recently, the five-man band has been developing a fuller sound by incorporating multiple harmony vocals, pedal steel guitar, drums, and percussion at its live shows in the Richmond area and throughout Virginia. Exebelle released C.A.F. in July 2009 and are currently composing and arranging a crop of songs electrified by the energy of their live shows and balanced by the warm, earthy tones of their acoustic roots.
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