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Oklahoma History Center plans Rockabilly Weekend



In the 1950s, rock 'n' roll music was just an idea "? a new sound that people were learning to become accustomed to and eventually love. It was a time when fashion and cars became prominent obsessions and an that era paved the way for rock music as it stands today. This weekend, the metro will pay tribute to the good times.

Different genres of rock 'n' roll, as well as the culture of the 1950s, are the inspiration for Rockabilly Weekend at the Oklahoma History Center, 2401 N. Laird. Live music, a fashion show and a car show are the headliners for this historic commemoration, and the fun doesn't stop until the last vintage car rolls off the lot.

Jeff Moore, director of exhibits at the center, said the event's main focus is music, but the overall theme encompasses the entire era.

"It's basically to celebrate the '50s "? '50s fashion, music and culture, and how that has stayed with us in the current rockabilly scene," he said.

Moore credits the birth of fast food "? and more specifically, Sonic Drive In "? to the "rockabilly" era here in Oklahoma. Kids would drive their hot rods into Sonic for a taste of grub, roll down the windows and enjoy rock music blasting through the restaurant's speakers.

"There was this whole culture and this kind of youth movement in the '50s," he said. "It's more than just music. It's that period in high school where you're hanging out, cruising the streets "¦ back then it was going to sock hops, and now it would be a concert."

On 7 p.m. Friday, a fashion show will kick off the weekend, and Clyde Stacy, The Starkweather Boys and The Beltline are among the live performers. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door, and can be purchased directly from the center or Velvet Monkey Salon, 1701 N.W. 16th. 

Saturday's day-long event starts at 10 a.m. with a vintage car show and a roundtable discussion of '50s culture with historians and musicians like rockabilly pioneers The Collins Kids. Admission is $5. For more information, call 522-0765.

"?Paige Lawler


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