‘Whitesidewalls’ to bring 50’s fare here in next Riverfront concert

The Whitesidewalls sing "golden age" rock from 1954-64.


by Bruce Strand, Arts editor

Rock music from the 50’s and early 60’s, fashioned by a group founded in 1972, is the next offering for the Riverfront Concert Series downtown Elk River.

The Whitesidewalls will perform Thursday, 7 p.m., in the weekly free concert sponsored by Bank of Elk River.

“Certain kinds of music  in  history appear to have no boundaries throughout age groups,” said founder Pat Brown, about the enduring popularity of their favored era that started with Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock” in 1954 and went strong until the Beattles arrived in late 1964. “This was a golden age of rock.”

The Twin Cities band has a long play list of such standards as “Oh, Boy” (Buddy Holly) “At the Hop” (Danny and the Juniors), “Heartbreak Hotel” (Elvis Presley), “I’m Walkin’ “ (Fats Domino) and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (The Tokens).

“Our music is rockabilly, do-wop, and serious rock and blues,” said Brown. “It’s fun, and danceable, and we love to play it.”

“The Whitesidewalls” entertained from 1972 through 1988, then broke up after a dispute with their manager, said Brown. Two decades later, they regrouped, in April 2009, although with not all the originals. One of their earliest gigs that year was here in the Riverfront series.


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