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Berks Country Fest Rock-A-Billy Music & Dance Party featuring Bill Haley Jr. & The Comets presented by Surgical Institute of Reading
June 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Ticket Price: $15.00 per person
7pm to 7:30pm: Drew & the Blue Duo
7:45 to 8:45pm: The Ultra Kings
9 to 10:30pm: Bill Haley Jr. & the Comets (son of the man who started it all, Bill Haley, Sr.)
Featured will be a “Jump-In Dance Contest”, (with trophy), a Best Dressed Couple Contest, (with trophy), (dancers are encouraged to wear their Rock-A-Billy dance clothes), a Best Street Rod Contest, (with trophy), and three great bands with almost non-stop music.
Food, adult beverages and soft drinks available for sale throughout the evening. Casual atmosphere. Come to have a great time!
Rain or shine with free parking and space for several thousand people, including seats, picnic tables and a huge dance floor and stage under roof so rain will not affect the shows.
Michael & Deshanna Battelle from Philadelphia will be teaching a jitterbug and swing dancing class from 6 to 7PM on June 16th, prior to the show! This class is FREE to anyone that has purchased a ticket to the event.
Some additional background: Rock-A-Billy is one of the earliest styles of rock and roll, country and Americana music, dating back to the early 1950s in the United States. There was a close relationship between blues and country music from the very earliest country recordings in the 1920s. As a genre it blends the sound of Western musical styles such as country with that of rhythm and blues which lead to what is now considered “classic” rock and roll. Some have also described it as a blend of bluegrass with rock and roll. The term “rockabilly” itself is a portmanteau of “rock” (from “rock ‘n’ roll”) and “hillbilly”, the latter a reference to the country music (often called “hillbilly music” in the 1940s and 1950s) that contributed strongly to the style. Other important influences on rockabilly include western swing, boogie woogie, jump blues, and electric blues. Rockabilly has left a legacy, spawning a variety of sub-styles and influencing other genres such as punk rock and at the turn of the millennial in the year 2000 up until now, younger people in their 20s, right on up through the upper edge of the baby-boomer generation have gravitated to the music as a root style that is both entertaining to listen to and fantastic to dance to, especially with the resurgent swing and jitterbug styles.