FRIDAY 1/10: Doo-Wop Salute at ESO Arts Center

ESO LIVE! has a hot line-up of music for January starting with a Friday, January 10, salute to Doo-Wop with Rock N Roll Hall of Famer Jimmy Merchant, followed by Chris English’s Delta Blues January 24.



ESO LIVE! Bringing local, regional music & artistic mayhem every month to the Shore in an intimate, nightclub-like atmosphere. $10 Admission. Beer/Wine, refreshments sold. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Music begins 8 p.m. The venue is ESO Arts Center in Belle Haven, providing an intimate, nightclub-like atmosphere popular with both audiences and performers.

It was 1956 when the gifted Merchant and his renowned vocal group Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers exploded onto the music scene with their first and greatest hit “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?”. The 5 Harlem street serenaders wrote songs and became the pioneers of every boy band since including the Temptations, Jackson 5, Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men, and the Jonas Brothers.

Original member and co-writer of their signature hit song, Eastern Shore resident Merchant will be performing a solo tribute to his group’s 58th anniversary at ESO LIVE! first show of 2014.

“It’s a rare opportunity to relish the Doo-Wop sound of the 50s and 60s with a legendary performer,” said ESO Executive Director Dawn Simpson.

From Doo-Wop to another authentic American art form, Blues, singer, songwriter, and musician Chris English will perform Friday, January 24. English has a large local following for his traditional and original blues and is usually a sell-out at ESO LIVE! shows. He replicates the sound and soul of the Delta Blues he has studied and loves while he sings, plays guitar and harp guitar and stamps out time on an old wooden coca cola crate.

English also loves to incorporate vintage guitars from the 20’s and 30’s to the delight of his audiences.

Seating is limited and reservations are recommended for both shows. 757-442-3226, or email: [email protected]. Tickets are also available online under events.



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