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VLV 18: Saturday Night

12:29 PMDollie Simpson

-Continued from our VLV 18 series- 

Every day at VLV is tiring, but Saturday is truly a marathon. First, you wake up early and spend all day in the sun while at the car show, but then you still have the usual full night of rockin' fun. It's a good problem to have though! Saturday always brings out the best vintage fashion and of course the music headliners!

We went straight from the car show and headed upstairs to see Jake Calypso in the Bienville. Jake was the act we were most looking forward to seeing and we're glad we did! He had one of the most energetic and charismatic performances at VLV that we can remember from recent years. Jake plays in the traditional rockabilly style and leans very much towards the raw hillbilly side of things. His stage persona is of a madman style akin to Charlie Feathers. We really enjoyed how his sheer enthusiasm forces the audience to engage.

Jake's set culminated in him crowd surfing, twice, from the front of the stage to the back of the dancefloor! Maybe it's happened before, but this was the first we could recall seeing somebody crowd surf at VLV. Once his feet were planted back on stage he invited all the ladies in the crowd to dance with him during the last song. Tom if you're reading this, PLEASE book Jake Calypso again!

For many, the main draw of Viva is the chance to see some of our favorite rockabilly legends perform. VLV has always done a great job of showcasing the greats and this year was no exception. 

First up was Huelyn Duvall who wasted no time getting the set started. His voice was still on point and the crowd sang along happily to hits such as "Pucker Paint" and "Three Months to Kill."

Ray Campi reminded us all that he is indeed thee "Rockabilly Man." Ray is one of a kind, with both hits from the '50s and again in the '70s/'80s when he teamed up with Ronny Weiser of Rollin' Rock Records and helped save American rockabilly. Sing along to "Caterpillar," and stomp your feet to "How Low Can You Feel," because Ray is awesome!

The Saturday night crowd, including Bernie and Levi Dexter and Rockin' Ronny Weiser!

Picture time with Joe Clay and Jake Calypso!

Joe Clay was up last to round out the legends showcase and like a bolt of lightning he sprinted onto the stage and straight into the opening bars of "Ducktails!" It wasn't too much longer before he jumped off stage and into the crowd to sing and dance. And before we knew it he was back onstage and playing the drums! Hey young'uns, pay attention because this is how you rock!

How much did Joe Clay rock? Well enough to get a lacy pair of panties thrown his way! We love Joe, the girls' loved joe...the whole audience loved Joe! His set was the talk of the weekend. If you missed our pre-Viva interview we did with Joe you can read it here.

Saturday night is in the books. Dancing, drinking and socializing at the record hops rounded out the evening. By this point everyone is getting sad that the weekend is almost over but hold on, we still have the Tiki Pool Party and all of Sunday to go! Stay tuned.

Dollie & Zack

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