Lindenwood University-Belleville will take you back to the roots of rock 'n' roll on Saturday when the Moondogs perform the first of three concerts in the Summer Rhythm and Music Series.
The concert is from 7 to 9 p.m. in Lindenwood's Auditorium.
The Moondogs play '50s and '60s music with a lineup of local talent who have years of experience in the genre.
The group brings together Rich and Jim Lang, two former members of The Guild and The Del Rays, (The Guild was the top band in the Midwest for a decade; The Del Rays performed as the front band for The Beatles at Busch Stadium.); retired St. Clair County Judge John Goodwin from Walter Scott and the Guise; local chiropractor Joe Truttmann from Full Moon Consort; and Virginia Williams, lead singer for the U.S. Air Force Band for the past 15 years; and Gary McClain, another former member of The Guild.
Tom Calhoun, the voice of the St. Louis Blues, will be the narrator. He will portray Alan Freed, the DJ who coined the term rock 'n' roll in the 1950s.
Tickets for each show are $20; a season pass is $50. Call Lindenwood-Belleville's box office at 844-843-5969 in advance or purchase them at the box office on Saturday night. Proceeds support Lindenwood's LCIE program that makes campus improvements and provides scholarships.
The second show, on July 26, takes another step back in history. The Ainad Shriners Drum and Bugle Corps will play a tribute to the former metro east drum and bugle corps -- the Black Knights, the Crusaders, the Bellettes and the Gabrielettes. Memorabilia, including uniforms and performance fliers from these groups, will be on display.
The series' closing show is Aug. 16. Dean Christopher's Rat Pack and More combines his comedy, impersonations, singing and acting into one act that revives Las Vegas acts of the 1960s when Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and friends ruled The Strip.