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Museum's Rock 'n, Roll Symposium dedicated to the British Invasion On Dec. 10. 1963 the CBS insightful stories of when they Evening News with Walter were giants of rock 'n' roll.'" Cronkite introduced the American Grounded in the recordings of public to an obscure band from African-American artists like Big Liverpool that was causing near Bill Broonzy, Leadbelly, Howlin' riots among teenagers in Great Wolf. Robert Johnson and Muddy Britain. The following day, disc Waters. the roots of the British jockeys in America were inundat- Invasion were in the poor rural ed with calls from anxious teens areas of the American South. to play the music of The Beatles. Labeled the "blues." it devel- When the band played on oped from the spirituals of black the Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, churches, the chants of workers 1964 nearly half of all American in cotton fields, and the plaintive television sets were tuned to the songs that filled the long, lonely broadcast. Two months later, the evenings of Southern prisons. "British Invasion" was in full Because the blues emanated swing, and Beatles songs held the from the black American South, top five spots of the Billboard Hot its artists were condemned to 100 singles chart, a feat that has obscurity in the 1950s. never been equaled. Rejected by a predominantly During the next three years whiteestablishmentthatrelatedthe British groups dominated British sound with its African-American and American charts, groups and roots, the blues was labeled dan- individuals like Peter and Gordon. gerous and a potentially corrupt- The Animals, Manfred Mann. ing influence on American youth. Petula Clark, Herman's Hermits, But singers like Little Richard, The Rolling Stones The Kinks. Chubby Checker, Bill Haley, Fats Gerry and the Pacemakers. The Domino and Elvis Presley discov- Dave Clark Five, Donovan and the ered popular success by incorpo- Spencer Davis Group changed the rating the blues into a Sound that course of American music and the would become known as "rock Spencer Davis Group above and Peter and Gor, below. Courtesy photos landscape of pop culture forever. 'n' roll." A question and answer period But just what was it that made To appeal to a wide audience, with the audience will occur after these British groups so appealing the earliest rock 'n' roll record- the symposium. to American teenagers? In many ings present a more acceptable, The "British Invasion Rocks respects the answer is surprising. "homogenized" version of the America" symposium will take The Catalina Island Museum blues. Its simple solos laden with place on Saturday, June 30 at 4 Presents The British Invasion melancholy were transformed into p.m. in the theater of the Avalon Rocks America is the first of its a dance music played by four- Casino. kind and will examine the move- piece combos that sped up its Immediately following the ment of the blues from America to tempo and underscored its melody symposium, at 6:30 p.m., sympo- Britain and back to America dur- with a driving, rhythmic beat. sium participants will be available ing the "British.Invasion." In Britain, howeer; teenagers for a signing in the museum's :Catilitia Isiand resident and living in cities like I3iverpool were Harbor Room. The signing is free rock icon Spencer Davis worked purchasing recordings from sailors to the public. with the museum to organize the who had acquired a taste for the The opening reception for the. symposium, which takes place in blues while traveling to American exhibition "Gimme Some Lovin': the Avalon Casino on June 30. port cities like New Orleans. The Spencer Davis Group" will The Spencer Davis Group pro- The gritty authenticity of the take place on the same day at 6 duced such hits as "I'm a .Man" sound was irresistible and vividly p.m. in the museum. Spencer and "Gimme Some Lovin'" and evoked the smoky juke joints and Davis and the Catalina Island All- was at the center of rock 'n' roll sun-bleached cotton fields of a Stars will perform during a Fourth during the 1960s. black America that was far away of July Concert and Fireworks at "The symposium includes and, therefore, fairly benign to The Point at the Avalon Casino. many of the best known figures British tastes. The concert begins at 6 p.m. of both American and British rock It offered a striking contrast to For more information or to 'n' roll," Davis said in a recent the soft jazz and classical sympho- purchase tickets to the sympo- interview from his home over- nies that dominated British radio, sium. exhibition or concert, the looking Avalon's harbor, which was strictly regulated by museum may be reached by phone "I was really surprised and the BBC. at (310) 510-2414 or at its website: quite pleased that people like The Catalina Island Museum's Peter Asher and Micky Dolenz symposium will include Martin The Catalina Island Museum is almost immediately accepted our Lewis, the TV and radio personal- Avalon's sole institution devoted invitation to participate in the ity, who is also an expert on the to art, culture'and history. symposium. Beatles and who will act as mod- The museum, its digital the- It. was quite clear from the erator. Lewis will interview the ater and store are located on the beginning that the idea was both former DJ of pirate radio station ground floor of Avalon's historic timely and compelling," Davis Radio Caroline, Emperor Rosko, Casino and are open seven days a said. "One thing is for certain: and musicians Spencer Davis, week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all of the participants will tell Peter Asher and Micky Dolenz. Free Summer Concerts continue The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce is presenting the 2012 Catalina Summer Concert Series. The nine family-friendly concerts are free to all and are held on the Wrigley Plaza Stage, centrally located on Avalon's waterfront. The first concert was held the holiday weekend of Memorial Day and will follow-on Saturday eve- nings throughout the summer and end on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. The concerts are from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. An accompanying beer and wine garden will be open at 6 p.m. during each concert evening. The second concert will be Saturday, June 2, during the Flying Fish Festival and will be a Tribute to Country Rock. The following is Catalina Summer Concert Series schedule: Saturday, June 2 Flying Fish Festival "A Tribute to Classic Rock" Saturday, June 23 "A Tribute to Woodstock" Saturday, June 30 Pre-British Invasion Blues and Rock Saturday, July 14 "'A "Tribute to the Rock of Ages" Saturday, July 28 "60rs until now Dance Hits" Saturday, Aug. 11 "A Tribute to Classic Rock" Saturday, Aug. 18 "A Tribute to CSN&Y" Sunday, Sept. 2 "The Sirens" (Top 40 and More) The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce is the private, non- profit organization that promotes and markets Catalina Island as a year-round island resort destina- tion. The Chamber accomplishes its mission in a number of ways, including producing events that attract visitors to Catalila Island. The concerts are offered in partnership with The Xceptional Music Company. For more information about the Chamber, please visit www. 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