By Curt Yeomans
Music enthusiasts will converge on the Clayton County Performing Arts Center next week to hear three music groups, and one solo performer, who, in some cases, have been performing since the 1950s.
The "Doo-Wop 'N Georgia - Volume III" concert will take place on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m., at the performing arts center, which is located at 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway, in Jonesboro. The third annual concert, produced by Jonesboro-based Marquee Memories, will feature Jimmy Beaumont and The Skyliners, The Cleftones, The Sockhops, and solo performer, Eddie Holman.
"This is the music of the '50's, and we're hoping this will be an evening where people from all walks of life can come together," said show Co-Producer Eugene Tompkins. "That's what '50's music is all about."
There are three admission levels for the concert: General admission tickets for $28; reserved tickets for $35, and VIP tickets for $55. Tickets can be purchased at the performing arts center.
While people with general admission tickets can sit anywhere they want in the back portion of the performing arts center's main auditorium, those individuals with reserve tickets will sit in an assigned seat closer to the stage, Tompkins said.
He added that VIP ticket holders get to attend a meet-and-greet reception, where they can have their photographs taken with the performers, and get autographs.
He also said there are two ticket deals taking place today, and on Wednesday and Thursday of next week. Clayton County teachers can purchase two general admission tickets for $30, and employees of the school system, and county and city governments in Clayton County can also buy two reserved tickets for $40.
Tompkins said those deals can only be taken advantage of by purchasing the tickets at the performing arts center.
Most of the artists featured in the concert produced several hits during the 1950's and 1960's. The Cleftones had hits in the '50s with songs like "Little Girl of Mine" and "Can't We Be Sweethearts," while The Skyliners found success with songs like "This I Swear" and "Pennies From Heaven." Meanwhile, Holman had a hit in 1969 with the song "Hey There Lonely Girl."
The Sockhops are an Atlanta-based quintet, known for covers of songs orginally introduced by a wide range of performers, ranging from Louis Armstrong, to The Eagles, to Jimmy Durante, to Jimmy Buffet, according to their web site.
Tompkins said, while the concert will be a chance for people who grew up during the 1950's and 1960's to re-live their youth, it will also provide elementary, middle- and high-school-age students with an opportunity to discover some of the roots of the music they listen to.
"When we look around and see the kids listening to music today, they have no idea where the music started, or where it came from," he said. "A lot of times, they think it started in the 1970's, but it can really be traced back to the 1940's and 1950's."
As of Wednesday afternoon, approximately 500 tickets had already been sold, most of which were VIP tickets, Tompkins said. He also said people were buying tickets from as far away as Birmingham, Ala., and New York City. The Clayton County Performing Arts Center can seat 1,800 people.
"There's been a great amount of interest in this type of music," he said. "The interest is there, we just have to let people know the interest is there."
Anyone seeking more information on the concert, can call the Clayton County Performing Arts Center at (770) 473-2875. Clayton County Performing Arts Center Coordinator Anita Lloyd could not be reached for comment.