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Rockabilly Extravaganza in Riverside will show the past is a blast

By in Press Enterprise on November 1, 2017

By George Paul

Prepare for some serious Fifties nostalgia when the 11th annual Rockabilly Extravaganza returns to Riverside Municipal Airport in November.

The event features a music festival headlined by Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, a car show, Cavalcade of Beauty pin-up contest (with cash prizes and gifts for winners), record hop, WWII-era plane rides, kid-friendly activities such as carnival rides, soap box derby races and pedal car drags; plus food vendors, a beer truck and bar.

Other regional acts on the concert bill include Chantilly Lace Vincent (granddaughter of rockabilly legend Gene Vincent), Hard Fall Hearts, The Rocketz, Shanda & the Howlers, Eddie & Thee Scorpions, Los High Tops and Temecula’s Gino & the Lone Gunmen.

Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys formed nearly 30 years ago as a trio in Anaheim. Their sound has encompassed rockabilly, Western swing, honky tonk, rhythm and blues, doo wop and more.

The Blasters’ Dave Alvin produced 1994’s “Jumping from 6 to 6.” Guest spots at the Grand Ole Opry, multiple appearances on TV’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” as well as National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air” and
“All Things Considered” followed. The group’s latest album, “What a Dream It’s Been,” from 2013, is a stripped-down collection of the musicians’ favorite past original compositions.

A regular touring presence around America (especially Southern California) and Europe, Big Sandy has said this about being abroad: “When I’m away from the U.S. for too long, it’s like I need a recharge; a solid dose of Americana. Give me a Chuck Berry song while rolling down the interstate or a truck stop conversation with a waitress who once danced with Lefty Frizzell, and I’m good for another 3,000 miles.”

Rockabilly Extravaganza
Where: Riverside Municipal Airport, 6951 Flight Road
When: Gates open at 9 a.m. Nov. 25
Tickets: $10, free for children 12 and younger

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