Long ago and far away in the Land of 1,000 Dances (aka East L.A.), a few dozen sharp-dressed teenagers took destiny into their hands. Some, like Thee Midniters and The Premiers, went from backyard jams and high school dances to hit records and shows at the Palladium and Hollywood Bowl. Others, such as the late Rick Rosas, earned respect for their individual prowess and served beside the biggest names in rock & roll. Rosas began with his junior high classmates Mark & the Escorts circa 1964, and went on to spend many years in Neil Young’s band as well as recording with Ron Wood, Jerry Lee Lewis and Joe Walsh. Today’s matinee memorial features a hyper-rare session with The Blendells (one of only East L.A. groups to score a national hit, with “La La La La La”), a return by Mark & the Escorts and the inevitable unnamed (and not be missed) special guests.
Sun., Feb. 22, 2 p.m., 2015
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