BY RUTH RICE
A blast from the past never gets old at this party.
The 20th annual Oldies Spring Break Dance Party will bring music and fun at 7 p.m. Saturday to Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The music will begin at 8 with selections from two local bands, Johnstown Classic Rockers and The Tom Katz.
Each band will play alternating sets of rock ’n’ roll music from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, designed to keep the crowd dancing throughout the evening.
Ron Piljay, a vocalist with Johnstown Classic Rockers, isn’t sure what happened to Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction of an early spring.
“We didn't get a spring break for spring, but this will be a great start to rock away the elongated winter blues,” he said.
“People can expect a festive, tailgate party atmosphere, with food, drinks, live rock ’n’ roll music and dancing.”
Johnstown Classic Rockers formed in 1996 from an all-star collection of musicians and vocalists from some of the area’s most popular bands.
They perform music from the ’50s to the ’80s, with musical styles encompassing everything from classic rock, blues, rhythm and blues, rockabilly and theatrical rock.
The group performs songs from popular artists such as Elvis Presley, The Kinks, Janis Joplin and Alice Cooper.
In addition to Piljay, vocalists for the band are Tom Pavic, Melissa Nagle and Denise Trautman Karwoski.
Musicians include Norm Chynoweth on keyboard, Chuck Carrigan on drums, John Tizzino on guitar, Jerry Sandusky on sax and Steve Spack on bass.
Piljay said that even though oldies music keeps getting older and older, it is still popular.
“Old-time rock ’n’ roll has a great following,” he said.
“Who knows when people will forget the music of Elvis, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Eagles. Even television shows like ‘American Idol,’ ‘The Voice’ and ‘Dancing With the Stars’ continue to use older music in their performances.”
This will be the second performance at Ace’s for The Tom Katz. The band played during the dance party with the Rockers last year.
“Ron Piljay was instrumental in getting us down there,” said the leader of the band Jack Duvall.
“We’ve played in all the local clubs about every weekend. We’re taking off pretty well. We have a loyal following of fans who call themselves The Tom Katz Kittens.”
Band members have all played in different bands and came together collectively as The Tom Katz three years ago.
The group plays a few songs from the ’50s, but concentrates mainly on Motown, soul and rock ’n’ roll from the ’60s to the ’80s.
Guests can bring their own snack food or purchase food at Ace’s. Reserved tables are available so families and friends can be seated together.
Proceeds will go toward WKYE’s “12 Wishes of Christmas,” which helps the less fortunate in the area during the Christmas season.
The evening will be emceed by WKYE-FM personality Jack Michaels, who will give away door prizes and interact with the audience.
What: 20th annual Oldies Spring Break Dance Party.
When: 7 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johns-town.
Tickets: $10 at the door. Advanced tickets are available at Ace’s and The Galleria information booth.
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