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Spotlight: Zumbrota State Theatre

ZUMBROTA — Return to the golden age of rock 'n' roll music with the Whitesidewalls, returning to the Zumbrota State Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6.

"The Whitesidewalls Rock 'n' Roll Revue" is a celebration of doo-wop, rockabilly and rock music that has had audiences dancing in their seats. The band first formed in 1971 and played across the Midwest many years — the ensemble played a series of full summer shows at Valleyfair amusement park in Shakopee for 10 years — and in 1985 was named the Minnesota Ballroom Operator's Association's Act of the Year.

Then, the members disbanded for 20 years.

One of the early members, Dave "Swannee" Swanson, brought the group back together in 2007. Founder of the group, Pat Brown ("Hound Dog"), continues to play guitar, drums and bass as well as sing, and is the band's musical director. Swanson sings and plays guitar, sax and keyboards.

Other members of the current band are Rocky Beaumont on drums, bass, guitar and vocals, Gino Gambucci on bass, keyboards, guitar and vocals, and Bobby Maestro on keyboards, bass, and vocals.

The band was inducted into the Mid-American Music Hall of Fame in 2012.

Tickets are $24 in advance, $27 at the door. To reserve tickets, visit www.crossingsatcarnegie.com, call 507-732-7616 or stop in to Crossings at 320 East Ave., Zumbrota.

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