Thursday December 7, 2017
Concert: 1:00 - 2:30 pm, Post-show reception: 2:30 - 3:30 pm
A Sock Hop in Celebration of Chanukah
Featuring The Rev-Tones
Dust off your poodle skirt, leather jacket and saddle shoes and get ready to shake, rattle and roll! Enjoy classic songs from the 1950s and early 1960s performed by the 5-piece rock & roll band The Rev-Tones and the 3-person backup singers group The Pistons.
At the Al Green Theatre
This is our most popular event of the year - register early to avoid disappointment!
To register, please call (416) 924-6211 x0
The Rev-Tones are a five piece band dedicated to presenting the hits of the 1950's and 1960's as they should be played! Their strong vocals and authentic instrumentation make them your best choice for those who love to dance to and enjoy these great tunes. The Rev-Tones will fill the dance floor with the hits you love from Elvis, Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, Ricky Nelson and more! For our Sock-Hop, The Rev-Tones will be accompanied by the 3-person backup singers group The Pistons.With special guest John Rowlands, celebrated Canadian rock & roll photographer.
For more information, please visit http://therevtones.ca/ or check out their Shake, Rattle & Roll video
George Sicker is our lead vocalist and sings with a passion that relates directly to his great appreciation and knowledge of music of the fifties and sixties. He has been singing these tunes all of his life. George has performed in many groups over the years including leading a “Travis Tritt” tribute band which toured the country. He loves to sing these songs and also provides the classic “twang” of the era with his Gretsch guitar.
Danny McCarthy is our man on the keyboard. His fine piano work has been enjoyed by audiences all over the province for many years. He began his musical career in Peterborough, Ontario and played the hits of the fifties and sixties when they were current hits! Danny can “tickle the ivories” with the best of them and has been known to wear out quite a few pianos with his aggressive and authentic stylings. His harmony vocals are an integral part of the music of this era and helps us lift our songs up to the level you deserve to hear!
William Hamilton first started playing the saxophone in 1965. He has studied the saxophone with some of Canada's top players and taught music in the public school system for nearly thirty years. William has been performing since he was a teenager and has a particular passion for the music of the '50's and 60's. He captures the classic sound of the rock and roll tenor sax and his tone lures you back into this golden age of music. William's vocals and guitar work are all part of the package that allows the Rev-Tones to present authentic rock and roll!
“Doc” McCallum holds down the bass role for The Rev-Tones. He meticulously reproduces the classic bass lines of the best bass guitar players of this time period. You can always count on him to lay the rhythm down and his solid foundation always sets us up to present our powerful “Rev-Tone” sound. “Doc” often sings the harmony lines that add that extra flair to our vocal mix.
J.R. Robertson is a fine percussionist with over forty years of experience on the stage and the studio. He is a passionate drummer and his great range also provides soaring vocals that allow the Rev-Tones to present a blend of harmonies that takes us all back to the sound of the fifties and sixties. John is an expert in the performance of a wide variety of styles and is also a sought after instructor in the Peterborough area.
Cliff Walsh brings with him a love of music singing all different genres. Inspired at the age of 8 by musicians from John Denver to the Everly Brothers, he performed and entertained through his junior years as a single act. Besides singing gospel music in church, he began entertaining in small garage bands. He eventually resorted back to a single act playing and singing country, mod rock and folk music. Being inspired later in life by the melodic harmonies of the Peterborough Pop Ensemble, Cliff joined to sing bass. With a love for harmony and in keeping with the 50's era, he created the Pistons to join the Rev Tones with doo wops and a touch of Frankie Vallie falsetto.
Warren Sweeting has been influenced by music for most of his life. In his early childhood it was mostly church. During secondary school he helped backstage with musical theatre and caught the bug. He has been performing in lead roles on stage in Peterborough, Lindsay and Toronto for almost 30 years. He has performed on stage with talents such as Paul Anka, Frank Mills and Stompin Tom Conners. When asked to join the Peterborough Pop Ensemble in 2008 he used this opportunity to further develop his love for tight harmony and popular music. Then came the opportunity in 2017 to become one of the founding members of a back-up vocal group, "The Pistons" , and he has never looked back.
Jeff Craft has always expressed an interest in music. With an admiration for gospel music and having a rich deep voice himself, he was influenced by George Younce, from the Cathedral Quartet. He joined the acapella group, The Peterborough Pop Ensemble, in 2013 and later became a huge asset to The Pistons.
As a teenager, celebrated Canadian rock & roll photographer John Rowlands toured with the Dave Clark Five, The Rolling Stones and Beatles. He has worked with Elvis, Dylan and Springsteen and many of the icons of the music industry over the past five decades. Living for many years in California and Arizona, he made intimate, enduring friendships with some of the celebrated music and entertainment industry stars of the 20th century. John now resides in Toronto, where he continues to photograph celebrities and rising stars, and is a featured speaker at conferences, festivals and fundraisers throughout North America. His "Rock and Roll Memories" presentations stir the hearts and memories of music lovers of all ages.
For more information about John Rowlands, please visit http://www.rocknrowlands.com/media/