Restoration Days will have a 'Back to the 50s' theme this summer

RICHIE LEE AND His Fabulous 50’s Band will be the featured performer at Albia Restoration Days 2019, set for the first weekend in August.

The Albia Restoration Days Committee has chosen its theme for the 2019 celebration and it’s going to be “Back to the 50’s.”

“We think it’s going to be a lot of fun, going back to the music and the cars and the dress of the 50’s,” said Restoration Days Chairman Tom Woodard. The parade will invite anyone with a 1950’s car, pick-up or tractor to participate and special post parade parking arrangements will be made for a show and shine.

When you think of the 1950’s you think of the dawn of Rock and Roll music with Elvis, Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper, but it was also the dawn of some of the greatest country music ever recorded with Hank Williams and Patsy Cline.

The Restoration Days Committee has already lined up one of the best Buddy Holly cover artists in the Midwest in Richie Lee and his Fabulous 50’s band. The band has played most recently in this area at the Centerville Concert Series. Richie Lee covers music from all the great rock artists of that era and into the 1960’s as well.

The 27-year-old Des Moines native was singing almost before he could talk. His interest in Buddy Holly began at the age of six, listening to CD’s. He began taking guitar lessons at age 11 and drums at age 12. Richie has performed on stage with Winter Dance Party at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake with many Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame bands. and has also gone as far as Boston to play a couple of shows with the Drifters and last summer to Memphis for an Elvis Tribute.

Richie Lee and the Fabulous 50’s will perform an outdoors concert on Saturday evening of Restoration Days.

The Saturday afternoon entertainment will feature a reunion of the almost famous Albia rock and roll band, “Slick Valdez and the Exxons.” The band, that originally included former ACHS football coach and athletic director John Casebolt, Jan Paxton, Tom Williamson, Cheryl Chambers and Connie Clark on vocals, Cindy Rhodes on keyboard, Jim Chapman on lead guitar and bass, Dave Paxton on rhythm guitar and bass and Eric Chamber on drums, first organized to play in the Restoration Days Follies, then Cruizin’ Albia and were regulars at the Iowa State Fair for almost 20 years.

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