Red Hot and Blue Rockabilly Weekend: Saturday, Sept. 3rd – Sonny Burgess and The Legendary Pacers + Guests

Luca Fantigrossi / September 9, 2011
All photographs by Catherine Rizzetto

Night three of the Red Hot and Blue Rockabilly Weekend was a big one indeed. Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers were around to rock the town. The night got started with Filly & The Flops. Filly (singer Felicity Hamer) has a great, raspy, soulful voice reminiscent of Wanda Jackson. The Flops did anything but flop. Bassist Eddy Blake and the crew kept the groove solid. Next time you hear of a bill with Filly & The Flops on it, go check them out; you won’t be disappointed.

Strangely enough, the legendary Sonny Burgess & The Pacers were up next in the second slot. Considering Sonny is 80 years old however, maybe they didn’t want to play too late. The band all filed on stage in their trademark red blazers and right from the get-go they were rocking the house. They pulled out all the stops – all the classics. The crowd really felt what it would have been like to be around in the 50’s when all this rock n roll was first introduced. Their set seemed to have lasted about two hours, as well, with no sign of slowing down. What a great band. They’re not called legendary for nothing.

Closing the night were Ottawa’s The Kingmakers who although having recorded in Memphis and Nashville, seemed to be a bit more swing than rockabilly. They had the classic zoot suit look going on and a swinging stage presence. All great musicians and performers in their own right. They took the night out with a bang.

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