By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Other | Issue: March 2011
The Queen of Rockabilly, Ms. Wanda Jackson, takes the stage at the Robson Performing Arts Center this month.
The party definitely ain’t over for Wanda Jackson. On Friday, March 11, 2011 at the Robson Performing Arts Center, she will perform in concert a few old favorites and plenty of new tunes from her latest album, “The Party Ain’t Over.” Bill Holden and the Nighthawks will also perform. Tickets range from $20 to $40, and group discounts are available. The show is presented by Akdar Shriners and the Route 66 Cruisers Car Club, and is sponsored by RCB Bank, Suburban Chevrolet and Comfort Inn.
When Wanda Jackson, the justly crowned Queen of Rockabilly, recorded “Let’s Have A Party,” a tune she made into a hit of her own in 1958 even after one-time boyfriend Elvis Presley had released a version of it, her delivery of the chorus wasn’t so much a suggestion as a command. As the title – and more importantly, the contents – of her latest album, “The Party Ain’t Over,” indicates, this feisty septuagenarian artist is as galvanizing as ever.
Jackson was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, honored with a long-time-coming, early influence accolade for her pivotal role in the evolution of popular music, especially where female artists were concerned. As a teenager in the mid-50s, the diminutive Jackson was the first woman to perform unadulterated rock and roll – and she one-upped the boys defining this new genre, Presley included, with her exhilaratingly forthright approach. The young Jackson, an Oklahoma native, came across as both gritty and glamorous; a playfully suggestive growl to her voice matched the daring, handmade outfits she wore – short skirts and fringed dresses inspiring would-be bad girls for decades to come.
A tireless touring artist for more than 50 years, Jackson continues to win over new, young fans, including guitarist, vocalist and White Stripes founder Jack White, who produced and arranged her latest album.
Bill Holden and his band will be Wanda Jackson’s special guest performers.
Special guest Bill Holden and his band will open the show. They have been playing together on and off for 30 years, and their unsurpassed vocals and instrumentation always leave the audience begging for just one more. Each member of this band is a great performer in his own right, but together they are dynamic, evoking some wonderful old memories and creating a lot of new ones. The band performs hits from the 50s through the 80s, along with some great originals written by Bill Holden. The Nighthawks feel at home in several music genres, whether it’s rock-n-roll, country, rockabilly, blues, pop or bluegrass.
Don’t miss the legendary Oklahoma native Ms. Wanda Jackson and guest opener Bill Holden and the Nighthawks on Friday, March 11 at 7 p.m. The Robson Performing Arts Center is located at 101 E. Stuart Roosa in Claremore. For tickets, call (918) 699-7390 or visit www.myticketoffice.com.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.