Rock 'n' roll revival returns

Date: 5/12/2009

By Lori Szepelak


CHICOPEE Gary Jones and Bob Belniak of the New England Doo Wop Society are on a mission - to bring the cr me de la cr me of performers to Western Massachusetts.

"What makes each show different is the fact that select groups will complement each other," Jones said during an interview with Reminder Publications. "With all the talent that we bring to Western Massachusetts, no one has ever said that if you see one show you've seen them all."

Both Jones and Belniak pride themselves in knowing which groups are performing oldies and who will best entertain an audience.

"Each show is like a recipe and having the finest ingredients will result in a finished product that you can be proud of," Jones added.

The Castle of Knights on Memorial Drive will once again be the setting for the society's next rock 'n' roll revival on June 5. A buffet is optional and begins at 6:30 p.m.; the high-energy show starts promptly at 8.

Richie "Doo Wop" Steben will open the show, followed by Old School Rock and Roll, based in Western Massachusetts.

"Old School Rock and Roll is a real crowd pleaser," Jones said. "They will get you dancing in no time."

Classic Sounds, an a cappella group from Mt. Kisco, N.Y., will follow Old School Rock and Roll.

"We are very excited to have Classic Sounds with us on this show," Jones added. "Theirs is some of the very best and purest harmony you hear. Knowing this group as we do, don't be surprised if they add a little comedy in their act."

Eugene Pitt and the Jive Five, best known for hits including "My True Story" and "I'm A Happy Man," will close the show.

"After five decades, they are still one of the most sought-after groups," Jones said. "They have the ability to mesmerize the audience with their fantastic harmonies and stage presence."

All performers are available after the show for pictures and autographs, according to Jones.

Tickets are $42 for the buffet and show and $30 for the show only, and may be purchased by contacting Jones at 478-0901 or Belniak at 786-1929. Tickets are also available by calling Bob's Hobbies in Springfield at 781-2627 or the Castle of Knights at 532-2000.

"There will be tickets at the door but as always we suggest you reserve early for better seating since all seats are reserved," Jones said.

For more information on the New England Doo Wop Society, visit www.newenglanddoowop