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'50s Sock Hop in Spring Hill features Lil Deuce Coupe


The good ol' days. For some, they were a time when life was filled with simple pleasures. Like sitting on the porch, sipping lemonade and waving to neighbors. Or taking a date to the drive-in or the high school sock hop. And the music was simple, too — with lyrics of young love, cars, the beach and dancing. Like doing the twist with Chubby Checker, rockin' 'round the clock with Bill Haley, having your heart stand still with the Crystals or dreaming of California girls with the Beach Boys.

Those memories will all come alive tonight when Lil Deuce Coupe performs the final concert of the Spring Hill Community Association's Summer Cabaret Series at the Lake House.

"This will be a 1950s sock hop," association president Eddie Lawrence said, adding that there will be a contest for best female and male 1950s attire, as well as other games and contests with prizes. There will also be a raffle.

Bearing the name of the Beach Boys' hit, Lil Deuce Coupe performs doo-wop and oldies, such as At the Hop, In the Still of the Night, One Fine Day and Da Doo Ron Ron.

While the band formed three years ago, the performers — Eddie Hager and Peter and Sheila Brechka (known to audiences as Peter and Sheila B) — have more than 35 years of experience each on stage. Hager performed with the Sevilles for 19 years, and more recently with Eddie and the Cruzers. Peter and Sheila B are founding members of the Belairs. All three have performed with the Casinos, known for the hit song Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye. They each were also members of the Crests (Sixteen Candles) back in the 1980s.

The popular local band performs at various venues, taking audiences on a "journey back in time" and bringing to life the hits of the 1950s and '60s.

The group performed a sock hop during last summer's Cabaret Series, to rave reviews.

"People really love them," Lawrence said. "It was almost a sellout last year, and we expect a good crowd (tonight)."

For Hager, performing at the Lake House brings back memories. After moving to Spring Hill in 1971, he began performing at teen dances between 1972 and 1974 at the facility.

"I can't believe that 40 years later, I'm playing here again," he said. "It's a bit of deja vu. ... It is a great gig for us. We really enjoy playing there."

Why this genre of music? The simple answer, Hager said, is it is fun to play, and people love to dance to it.

"But the main reason is the memories," he said. "Nowadays, everything is in such turmoil. This music takes people back to a simpler time. ... I think that's why people enjoy it. Some think it was a better time."

>>If you go

Summer Cabaret Series

What: '50s Sock Hop with Lil Deuce Coupe

When: 7 to 10 p.m. today

Where: Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill

Cost: Tickets cost $12, which includes complimentary snacks. Beer and wine will be available.

Call: For information or to make a reservation, call (352) 666-4746.

'50s Sock Hop in Spring Hill features Lil Deuce Coupe 08/16/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 16, 2012 2:57pm]
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