The thousands of holiday lights have been packed up and stowed away for another year, but on Saturday, Jan. 28, the historic Opera House at Boothbay Harbor will pulse back to life for the 2017 season with the rockin’ sound of The Crown Vics. While the night will be a concert for some audience members, for others it will be a winter’s evening to get out on the dance floor and tear it up.
The Crown Vics say that they are “Maine’s premier rockabilly dance band,” and Midcoast residents are invited to come and check out their claim. The band has been described as “hard twang,” “slacker swing,” and “honky-punk,” and their performances provide a high-octane mix of vintage rock, country, and blues that fires up even the most reluctant dancers.
The Crown Vics cut their teeth in venues from Hoboken to Halifax, where they quickly learned the value of involving their fans. Their shows explode into the audience and fans have been known to snatch a tambourine or maraca and join the high energy troupe on stage. On the flip side, The Crown Vics know how to mellow the house with sweet crooning and harmonies. Tapping into the tradition established by Carl Perkins, Wanda Jackson, and The Rolling Stones, The Crown Vics combine the attitude and style that makes them a fun and vibrant act. Their live show is a full-tilt, nonstop dance riot that puts a smile on the face of revelers of all ages. It is also a bit of a musical history lesson for those who pay attention.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with music beginning at 7 p.m. for this all-ages night of midwinter fun. Advance tickets are $10, or $25 for a family of four (two adults and two children under age 17). Tickets are $15 per person, all ages, if purchased on the day of the performance. The opera house box office at 86 Townsend Ave. is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, or one can call 633-5159 for tickets. Tickets and information are also available online at boothbayoperahouse.com. For additional information on the band, go to thecrownvics.me. Go to youtu.be/QsbLkZU1DIs to watch a video of The Crown Vics performing.