Why hire The Blandelles?
The Blandelles have been playing "Rock and Roll, The Way You Remember It!" for 26 years throughout Texas and Oklahoma with stops in Las Vegas, Branson, Springfield, and other cool hangouts along the way. We play music from 1954-1969 almost exclusively, from Elvis, Fats, Chuck and Jerry Lee to the Temps and Smokey from the Motown years to wrapping up with hits from the Doors, CCR, Beatles, etc. We are a seven-piece band with rich harmonies and talented musicians. A normal visit from the Blandelles gets you three hour-long sets with 15-minute breaks. We can provide a sound man if necessary with an acceptable price quote. References abound. Come see us live, and you'll pick The Blandelles!
The Blandelles are a collection of professionals who have carved out a niche in the northeast Texas and southern Oklahoma area by playing Rock and Roll the Way You Remember It since 1985. That's 26 rockin' years if you are scoring at home. We all have day jobs - in regular life, the seven band members include six educators and one insurance guy.
We strive the play the songs the way you remember them. The music from the '50s and '60s will live forever, and we love the songs. We have recorded three CDs and a cassette (that dates us a bit) at various labels and studios, including Sun Studios in Memphis. Over the years we have opened for (or played with) Vince Vance and the Valiants, Johnny Reno, The Fabulous Harmonaires, Kraig Parker, and tons of others.
We have several outifts in our wardrobe, including tuxedos, jackets, hawaiian shirts, our "cool" shirts, four different colors of monogrammed bowling shirts, and multiple colors of Blandelles T-shirts from over the years.
About our name: The band was created by some faculty members who taught at Bland High School in Merit, Texas - hence the name, "Blandelles." Only one member is left from 1985, and none of the current band members have taught at Bland since the 1980s. Since changing our name would mean starting over again, we've kept the Blandelles name all these years.
Rest assured that those who hire the Blandelles will get a professional show. We can furnish a sound board operator with most shows unless you have one of your own. We love to travel to new places where we have not performed, but we also love the venues we have played on multiple occasions over the years. We have a standing live show every third Saturday at the Lone Star Roadhouse in Dallas. You are welcome to come by and see us anytime - check out the calendar on our website for current dates. We do weddings, reunions, homecomings, festivals, and any other kinds of celebrations.
Greg Connelly: "Heartbreak Jake" - lead vocals, percussion, harmonica, backup keys and drums
Gary Felmet: "Hot Rod Lincoln" - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Carl Herod: "Keymaster" - vocals, keys
Dr. Evan Yeager: "Doc of Rock" - electric bass
Kevin Rainey: "Special K" - vocals, drums
John Harris: "Ace of Clubs" - vocals, lead guitar
John Knagg: "Johnny Angel" - vocals, saxophone
Dion and the Belmonts, Motown artists, Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters (grin), Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Elvis, the Beatles...just so, so many. Music is awesome.
What to Expect
It's simple...songs from the '50s and '60s the way you remember them. We have a great personality...and good looks. What a combination! We love to shake hands and hug necks before, during and after shows...come see us!
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