Florida Young People Get the Chance Most Kids can only Dream about

American children today are especially attracted by the image of 'fame and fortune' conjured up by the popular television show, American Idol. Most kids would love to be on that show, or have the chance of performing before large audiences in a big musical production. A new Florida music group, ROCKABILLY.US, is giving a few young people that very opportunity, as they sing and dance and perform in various variety shows produced by that group. The resulting response from audiences has been extremely positive, and it is becoming evident with each show that people of all ages LOVE to be entertained by Oldies, Elvis, and Country music, even when some of the performers are KIDS!

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(PRWEB) June 16, 2005

In this generation, growing up with the influences of the television show, American Idol, millions of kids all over America daydream about becoming a 'star' in today's music realm. Of course, the very nature of stardom prevents this from becoming a reality for most kids. Yet, in the small Florida town of Inverness, about 80 miles north of Tampa, a few young people are getting a taste of what most kids only dream about. They are part of a new, but very large showband, RockAbilly.US Music Shows, which has recently begun to perform for the public. For the past couple of years, they have been doing only private performances, and working hard to perfect all of their different shows for this 'debut'. Now the group, consisting of more than 40 performers, and another 40 plus trainers, choreographers, technicians, and audio-video people, has quickly begun to gain popularity, greatly impressing those who attend the shows. The audience response has been tremendous right from the start, and the accolades are literally pouring in!

One lady attending stated, "We have traveled all over, and have seen a lot of music shows, but this one is as good or better than any out there, from Broadway and Atlantic City, to Las Vegas and L.A.".

Is she alone in her estimation, or is this music show really something special? To get an answer to that question, we took notes of some of the comments being made after the recent show at the Sumter County Fairgrounds. The statements were emphatic from a great many in the audience, and were more than the typical remarks such as "fantastic show", etc., that one so often hears at big music shows. That statement WAS also made a number of times, but generally was only an introductory comment, followed by more emphasis upon various specific aspects of the show that were particularly appealing to that individual speaker.

"I loved every part of the show", one man attending remarked. "I loved the singing, the dancing, the costumes, the energy, the instrumentation, the kids, and little 'TINY' too".

"Tiny" is the stage name that the show has given to 11 year old Lauren, a young girl who sings the lead part on a few of the group's songs. She sings with a lot of power for such a little lady, but her style is distinctly influenced by listening to Divas of the past. Rockabilly.US Music Shows performs a wide variety of TOP HITS from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and a few from each decade following those. They range in genre from pop to rock to country, but tend to be a large percentage of songs performed by such people as Elvis, Roy Orbison, Rick Nelson, Conway Twitty, George Jones, Ronnie Milsap, Vince Gill, Buddy Holly, Tina Turner, Patsy Cline, Whitney Houston, Connie Francis, Beach Boys, Beatles, Everly Brothers, Bee Gees, George Strait, Buck Owens, Righteous Brothers, The Supremes, and many of the Doo Wop groups. Since the group does many different shows, they have to constantly keep learning new songs to keep the shows 'fresh' for those fans who attend every one (and there are a LOT of fans who do just that).

The shows are filled with a lot of variety, in styling, singing, dancing, skits, and a seemingly endless array of various styles of specialty show costumes. Just about the time you think you've seen all of the Rockabilly girl's costumes, they come out with new ones. That is because they have their own team of costume designers and seamstresses, that work nearly every day of the week, producing new 'eye-candy' for the upcoming shows. From what I have noticed, the photographs on the web site (http://www.rockabilly.us) simply do not give a true depiction of the very high quality of the custom costumes used by this showband.

Costumes are not by any means the only highlight of the shows! The harmonies of the many young ladies singing are truly special, and reminiscent of some of the better girl groups of the 50s and 60s era of music. The truly amazing feat however, is seeing those girls sing such beautiful harmonies, while doing high-impact, aerobic style choreographed dancing as they sing! To quote one man who was in attendance at the recent show, "It is unbelievable how those girls can dance like that, while they sing so beautifully".

I overheard many people make similar comments at the show, such as, "How did they get this group to perform in a little place like this?" Others were saying things like, "Why have I never heard of these people before... they are great!".

The key to all of this is that the producers of the shows purposely kept the group a secret, until it was ready to genuinely astonish audiences at the shows. The idea was to NOT become known to the public, until the show was perfected enough to greatly entertain and please those in attendance.

You might be wondering, "But what about those kids you mentioned earlier... what do they do in the shows?"

Almost half of the performers are kids... mostly in mid to late teens. They sing, dance, and help in the skits, and they all work very hard to put forth the very best show quality possible. Even the younger ones practice hard each week to keep their dancing skills polished, and to learn new parts for upcoming shows.

RockAbilly.US Music Shows is determined to put forth the very best possible performances, whether the audience is many thousands, or only a few hundred people. They will be continuing to work at that goal steadily, as they perform shows in coming weeks at the Austin Horse Park (http://www.austinhorsepark.org), the Citrus County Fair Auditorium, and the Sumter County Fair Auditorium (http://www.sumterfair.net). If you are vacationing in Florida, and want to add something very special to your plans, be sure and write for information at rockabilly.us@gmail.com.

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Youngest Singer In Rockabilly.US Music Shows; "TINY" Youngest Singer In Rockabilly.US Music Shows; "TINY"

Belting out high-power Tina Turner songs, and other songs as well, is a lot of fun for Lauren, better known as "TINY" to Rockabilly.US Music Shows fan's. She loves to sing, and has been fascinating young and old alike in the audience for over two years now.


The Rockabilly.US Music Shows Teen Dancers Pour On The Energy So Appreciated By Fans The Rockabilly.US Music Shows Teen Dancers Pour On The Energy So Appreciated By Fans

Rockabilly.US Music Shows teams together a 12 member band, many singers, and a LOT of dancers. About half of the more than 40 performers are teenagers, who love to sing and dance.


Rockabilly.US Music Shows Older Singer/Dancers Are Fantastic! Rockabilly.US Music Shows Older Singer/Dancers Are Fantastic!

The teens in the show do a wonderful job, and pour out tons of energy to the audience, but the really amazing aspect of the show is how these six older girls sing so beautifully, while doing often very high-impact dancing.


You Never Know Who Will Be In A Rockabilly.US Music Show You Never Know Who Will Be In A Rockabilly.US Music Show

Skits, comedy, Oldies, Country, Elvis, and original songs are all on the schedule, and you never know what will happen next. See www.rockabilly.us on the web.


Rockabilly.US Music Shows "Kid-Kritters" (c) Dance During Some Songs Rockabilly.US Music Shows "Kid-Kritters" (c) Dance During Some Songs

The kids love it... You can tell by watching their faces. That goes for both the kids performing, as well as the kids of all ages who are watching the show!


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Rockabilly.US Music Shows features a wide range of ages among their performers. Perhaps that is why they appeal so much to all ages in the audience!


Elvis, Oldies, Country, and Top Hits, are all performed by the Florida group called Rockabilly.US Music Shows. Elvis, Oldies, Country, and Top Hits, are all performed by the Florida group called Rockabilly.US Music Shows.

This show is a higher-class Elvis show than one normally gets to see. The 'Elvis' does not try to precisely imitate Elvis, so much as to honor him by keeping the sound very similar in performing the arrangements of his songs. The emphasis is upon the quality of the overall sound, rather than attempting to strain to sound just like him.


High Impact Singing And Dancing PLUS Kids; Rockabilly.US Music Shows High Impact Singing And Dancing PLUS Kids; Rockabilly.US Music Shows

RockAbilly.US Music Shows' "TINY" belts out Tina Turner's song, "River Deep, Mountain High" with a lot of audience 'contact' during the performance.


RockAbilly.US "Kid-Kritters" (c) Dance During One Of The Group's Songs RockAbilly.US "Kid-Kritters" (c) Dance During One Of The Group's Songs

RockAbilly.US Music Shows of Inverness, Florida have a lot of talent to choose from when they pick who gets to perform in the various songs and skits. The kids all LOVE their jobs!


RockAbilly.US Music Shows "Kid-Kritters" At the Sumter County Fair Shows RockAbilly.US Music Shows "Kid-Kritters" At the Sumter County Fair Shows

There are times during a Rockabilly.US Music Show where about 40 performers are on stage at once. The excitement builds and the "Kid-Kritters" (c) come out to help for the final songs.


Elvis' Hawaiian Songs Performed By RockAbilly.US Music Shows At Sumter County Fair Elvis' Hawaiian Songs Performed By RockAbilly.US Music Shows At Sumter County Fair

2005 was the year of the Sumter County (Florida) Fair's 50th Anniversary, so Rockabilly.US was contracted to perform four shows to celebrate the special occasion. This photo was taken during the Hawaiian song-set.


"Elvis" at the Sumter County (Florida) Fair's 50th Anniversary; Rockabilly.US Music Shows "Elvis" at the Sumter County (Florida) Fair's 50th Anniversary; Rockabilly.US Music Shows

Sumter County is one of Florida's smaller population counties, but Rockabilly.US Music Shows performed four shows there anyway. The manager of the showband stated, "We are in this to make people happy, and we don't have to always have huge numbers in attendance". Fair board members estimated about a thousand people attended the shows.


Teen Dancers With RockAbilly.US Music Shows Teen Dancers With RockAbilly.US Music Shows

These teenage girls don't mind all the practice it takes to dance in Rockabilly.US Music Shows. They love singing and dancing, and feel it is worth all the work!


Like Little Pixies, Teenage Girls Perform Lyrical Dance In Rockabilly.US Music Shows Like Little Pixies, Teenage Girls Perform Lyrical Dance In Rockabilly.US Music Shows

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Rockabilly.US Music Shows Singer/Dancer Girls Rockabilly.US Music Shows Singer/Dancer Girls

Performing at the Sumter County Fair's 50th Anniversary celebration, these Rockabilly.US Music Show's singers dance as they sing.


Part of the Teen Dance Troupe In Rockabilly.US Music Shows Part of the Teen Dance Troupe In Rockabilly.US Music Shows

Teen girls, members of Rockabilly.US Music Shows, dance fervently during a recent show. Approximately half of the current 40 (plus) performers are teenagers and children. The show greatly appeals to all ages who attend.


Spy Medley Dancers In Rockabilly.US Music Shows Spy Medley Dancers In Rockabilly.US Music Shows

This song features some of the teen dancers in a special medley of TV Spy program theme songs. The choreography is very special on this song, but that is also true of most of the other songs the group performs.