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Neverly Bros. share rock 'n' roll history

Published: Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 4:12 p.m. CST

SANDWICH — Fasten your seatbelts for a guided musical tour through rock ‘n’ roll history as the Neverly Brothers play rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues hits from the 1950s American pioneers to the 1964 British Invasion groups in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Sandwich Opera House.

They are not an oldies cover band nor are they a tribute act. The Neverly Brothers are a unique retro-rock review in a league of their own. Dressed in period-perfect matching suits from each era and playing electrifying versions of all of the favorites, these rockers have a look and sound that will make concertgoers feel like they are witnessing rock history.

Their song sequence and selection, accompanied by narrative historical footnotes, will illustrate how the music and energy of the 1950s American rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll  and rhythm and blues pioneers set the stage for, and influenced, the adventurous young bands of the 1964 British Invasion movement.

Their repertoire consists of show-stopping renditions of early hits by Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Dave Clark Five and many other artists who shaped rock ‘n’ roll from 1955 through 1965.

Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors 65 and older and $15 for students, and may be purchased at the box office from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St. in Sandwich. Tickets may be reserved with a credit card by calling 815-786-2555 during those hours. The box office will open at 6 p.m. the evening of the show.

Programs at the Opera House are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. The Opera House is fully handicapped accessible. Tours and facility rentals may be arranged.

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