Oldies Reminiscing at Iroquois Park

By Wally Stewart

One of Bob Seger's most well-known songs exults: " . . .I reminisce about the days of old and that old time rock 'n' roll!" On August 3 a large crowd gathered at the Iroquois Park Amphitheater to reminisce at the 15th annual free Oldies Show and were greatly rewarded. Four hoppin', boppin' bands rocked back to the 50's, 60's and briefly into the early 70's for 6 hours of fun. Five hundred classic and antique cars surrounded the concert area, creating more nostalgia. Oldies 103.5 WASE sponsored the party to thank their listeners for huge support and a #1 Arbitron rating. The "cool cars" rolled in courtesy of the United Bluegrass Street Association.

Low humidity and low 80's greeted those enjoying the music and the 'rods as The Rock Ola Revue played a set heavy into the 50's. The crowd grew wistful at "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes."

The eight-piece Metro band opened with a rocking horn section, keeping an exciting late 60's – early 70's groove flowing. This groove contained "Celebrate," "Mainstreet," the Isley Brothers' standard "Shout" and much more.

Leo Night And The Moonlighters were repeat favorites from 1994, singing, playing and dancing in tuxedos. They may have been hot but looked great and gave a set matching their appearance. As the sun, was setting trumpeter Brian "Pup" Barnett put on dark shades and hat (a la John Belushi) and joined lead vocalist Night. Their Blues Brothers' version of "Sweet Home Chicago" and the group's mostly soul revue, got the growing crowd's approval. Before leaving, Leo energized the fans one last time, calling on them to "Shout!"

Louisville's "Cruisers" originated this "fest" in 1981 and headlined again, keeping the energy going, blasting out with "Roll Over Beethoven." Their guitar- and keyboard-driven playlist held favorites "Runaway," "16 Candles," "Tell Laura I Love Her" and the evening's theme, "Old Time Rock And Roll."

The latter usually brings people out of their seats and some still wanted more when the show concluded.

Between acts WASE owner Bill Walters was the gregarious emcee, giving away station shirts for Elvis impersonations; tickets to a future amphitheater event; and an impressive vacation trip sponsored by PepsiCo. The enjoyment seen sent "thanks" back to WASE, the UBSA and the Cruisers for the reminiscing and hope for more next year.