Museum program looks back at early rock and roll in county

Sheboygan County’s Rock ‘n’ Roll History Revisited is the focus of the March 21 Third Saturday program from 10 a.m. to 3p.m. at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum, 3110 Erie Ave. in Sheboygan.

The 1950s saw the beginning of what would become a major societal change. The likes of Bill Haley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and, of course, Elvis Presley, took the lead in making rock ‘n’ roll the new sound. Because of the up tempo beat and electrified instruments, it was natural that adults would come to dislike it and teenagers would come to live by it. Sheboygan County was no different.

Sheboygan County’s young people jumped at rock ‘n’ roll as soon as it started hitting the main stream. From 1957 to the early 1980s, Sheboygan County produced over 150 bands that involved hundreds of young people. The Sheboygan Jaycees sponsored the popular Battle of the Bands event at the Sheboygan Armory, highlighting the area talent. The YMCA, school dances and the area teen bars would also give these bands different venues to show Denny and the Crown Jewels - considered Sheboygan’s first Rock ‘n’ Roll Band - late 1950s sion to collect, preserve, and educate about the history of Sheboygan County.

Third Saturdays start at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.

Guests are welcome any time throughout the day.

Lunch is available.

The admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and active military, $4 for youth ages 13 to 17, and $2 for children ages 7 to 12. Children ages 6 and under are case their talent. Many of these bands would go on to perform regionally and many also produced 45 rpm records, a musical format lost to today’s generation.

Musicians and key people who are helping to put this event together and will be in attendance include Ted Dalton, Jon Doll, John Kondreck, Darrel Mand, Randy Schwoerer, Ed Stalter, Dave Steffen and Carl Weinberger. Other former and current musicians are expected to be in attendance as well as other presenters who have contributed items for display. It will be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, Sheboygan County style.

Love Society, circa 1970 Love Society, circa 1970 Saturday’s program will highlight the many aspects of being a rock ‘n’ roll band. There will be vintage equipment on display along with many original concert posters and band photos. You will be able to smile, and maybe even chuckle a bit, while reminiscing about the groovy threads that were worn.

One band wore the same color outfits with matching wigs. Psychedelic groovy, man. There will be an open mic stage for those who want to play a tune and a brat fry will be held to support the museum’s mis- free. Members and their guests are free (guest must be accompanied by the member).

Purple People, late 1960s Purple People, late 1960s The event is sponsored in part by H. C. Denison, Kohler Foundation Inc, Sargento Foods Inc, Windsor Family Foundation, Sheboygan Press, Great Lakes Blue Printers and Radio 1420 AM The Breeze. Third Saturday programs extend from January through October.

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