By Wayne Harada
So you wanna stroll down memory lane, and visit the sounds, the memories, and — even in one case — the stars of the bygone ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s?
Gather round, my friends, and start remembering where you stashed those bowling shirts and poodle skirts, those flared trousers and hot pants, and those Angel’s Flight trous and go-go dance outfits — because nostalgia is right around the corner.
With the undeniable success of the recent recent ‘70s night here, there’s no reason why two upcoming oldies bashes, plus one in Seattle featuring Island bands and ex-pat boomers, shouldn’t also draw throngs.
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The 1st Annual Road Runner Doo-Wop Spectacular
7 p.m. Sept. 4
$45, $55, $65, and $129 (VIP)
800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com
This one assembles star power to spare, with five stellar icons of the ‘50s and ’60s: Joey Dee and the Starlighters, of “Peppermint Twist” and “Shout — Part 1” fame; The Dovells, known for “Hully Gully” and “Bristol Stomp;” The Orlons, who helped established the Philly sound via “South Street” and “The Watusi,” The Angels of “My Boyfriend’s Back” and “Till” success, and The Crests featuring Tommy Mara, whose "Sixteen Candles" is a golden oldie.
The Hawaii-based Love Notes, led by Pete Hernandez, who prevailed over the decades as the state’s premier doo-wop group, will also be featured.
4th Annual Nifty ‘50s & ‘60s Oldies Bash 2010
5 p.m. to midnight Oct. 1
Grand Ballroom, Pacific Beach Hotel
$55 includes buffet dinner by Sept. 15; $65 thereafter; $75 at the door
Diane Yoshida at 834-1256, Wendell Kwan at 239-5360, or www.nifty50s.vpweb.com.
This one will lure folks who graduated in the ‘50s and ‘60s, or any other mid-lifers hungry for the sounds and dances of yesteryear. Participating personalities: Deejay Tom Moffatt, OC16’s Champ and deejay Fabulous Woody.
A period costume contest is part of the evening; those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Hawaii Food Bank.
Seattle Boomer Blast 2010
6:30 to 11 p.m. Oct. 2
Maplewood Greens Golf Club, 4050 Maple Valley Hwy., Renton, WA
$60, includes appetizers
Russ Shiroma at 224-9224, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Gail Ohashi (formerly, Gail Kiyama, Kaimuki ’69) is organizing this retro event for Seattle Boomers; and retro dress is encouraged — and don’t forget to bring your Hawaii stories — with prizes for the best dress man and woman. Music of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s will be performed by The King Pins, led by Harvey Yamaguchi, Kaimuki ’69); The Beat Boys (led by Russ Shiroma, Roosevelt ’69 and formerly will The Cadientes); and The Boomettes, with Seattle guest singer Chris Shimada from Nine Lives.