||April 8th, 2010|
by lyle e davis
The Diamonds rock! They did in the 60’s, in the 70’s, and they are still rockin’ today!
We attended the Doo Wop Review a couple of weeks ago at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. The headliners were The Diamonds, with Danny & the Juniors, taking second billing, followed by Dodi Stevens (who, we learned, lives in Vista). The Vibrations opened the show with the Olympics following. The whole show was hosted by Scott Wood, a brilliant comedian who had the audience, including us, in stitches. Good, clean, family humor. Not a blue joke in the sets.
Each of the Diamonds is an accomplished intrumentalist (two trombones, trumpet and sax). Their vocal harmonies and instrumental harmony key on one another. It’s no wonder they sound so great, whether singing or playing! Naturally, they sang “Little Darlin’,” as well as “Silhouettes,” “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” and many others. Danny & the Juniors had the audience singing along as well with “Let the Good Times Roll,” and “At the Hop.” Dodie Stevens sang her hit song, “Pink Shoelaces,” but then sang a number of songs, with her beautiful daughter, of supposedly famous songs from other women singers. I hadn’t heard of one of them. The Vibrations and Olympics were comfortable opening acts, but not home-run hitters.
What impressed us a great deal, over and above the show, was the crowd. It was, by and large, a mature crowd (those of us who were around in the 60’s and 70’s are now judged to be mature, which was not always the case, at least ‘way back then.’
Further, the joint was packed. It wasn’t a total sell-out, but close to it. And that is my point. (And, believe it or not, I do have one). Our city council, in its wisdom, decreed that the Center for the Arts would now have to rely on private promoters to rent the facility and fill the seats. And it’s working! The private promoters have a much better idea of the public pulse. They know what acts draw, what acts the public will pay good money to see.
The promoter in this instance is Ryan Hill of Terry Hill, Inc., out of Palm Springs. It’s a family operation and they’ve been doing it for years. You can bet the next time Ryan Hill books an act into the Center for the Arts we’ll be front row, center, enjoying the show.
As a matter of fact, there next big presentation is on Sunday, April 18th at 3pm. It’s a Tribute to Glenn Miller And The Vocal Groups, Featuring The Tex Beneke Orchestra. Hosted by TV’s Peter Marshall, you’ll hear such great vocal groups as The Four Lads, The Ink Spots, The DeMarche Sisters and String of Pearls. Tickets are scaled from $25 to $42.50.
Lots of great entertainment heading our way at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.
Keep an eye out for the name of Ryan Hill as the promoter. When you see that, you know you’re in for a good show at an excellent price. See you at the Center for the Arts on April 18th!
The Ink Spots - April 18th