ARARAT - This year's Jailhouse Rock Festival is shaping up to be one of the best and for the first time the Festival will be hosting a Sunday night Gala Ball.
The thrilling show will star Sun Rising, playing all the hits from the early Sun record label, Mark Andrews with an exciting Elvis and Grease stage show and the premier act, the legend, Lonnie Lee.
Sun Rising is a fresh and ultra cool tribute to one of the greatest rock and roll labels of all time, Sun Records.
Sun Rising will pay tribute to the golden era of rock 'n' roll and presents a passionate and musically spectacular rendition of the Sun hit records we know and love, while also showcasing other hits from artists who Sam Phillips produced during this wonderfully fertile time in music history.
Mark Andrews started performing at the ripe old age of eight. On his return to Australia in 1983, he appeared on New Faces. In 1992 he formed a rock 'n' roll band, Blue Suede Dudes, playing many Melbourne venues and also supporting Chubby Checker on his Australian tour. In 1995 he featured as Buddy Holly in a Legends Revival Concert at Dallas Brooks Hall.
Mark then created his own Dead-Set Legends show performing as Buddy, Lennon, Jim Morrison and Elvis. Elvis Leaves His Mark was launched in 1998 and is now one of the best tribute shows worldwide with Mark finishing in the top five in the world in Memphis 2002.
The amazing Lonnie Lee and the Leemen are making a triumphant return to Ararat after 52 years!
Lonnie Lee has been performing since the mid-1950s. At the peak of his career, Lee had eight top 100 singles on the national charts. Seven of them peaked in the top 40, including three top 20s and two top tens. His highest peaking song on the national charts was a number two and he achieved five Gold Records. His last hit was 'Sad Over Someone' (1969).
During the 1960s and 1970s, he toured the UK and US before settling in the US from 1971 recording and writing songs. His song writing included work with Roy Orbison, Cher, Florence Henderson and Glen Campbell.
In 1984 Lee returned to Australia where he re-introduced the classic rock 'n' roll with his show ' Lonnie Lee's Rock 'n' Remember Show'.
Today he performs across the country as Australia's most unique and raw example of a 1950s' rockabilly singer. His shows have always been very different to other performers of his era and this continues through today.
This night promises to have you jumping and jiving all night long to the beats and sounds that made rock 'n' roll famous, and will be held on March 17.
For further information go to www.jailhouserockfestival.com.au or R and B Dry cleaners, Ararat