Rockin’ good night in store with Cadillacs

The Cadillacs will be performing at Uppertown Social Centre, near Ashover, on Saturday, May 25.

A great live band playing mainly 50s and 60s rock and roll, they will also have some classics from the 70s and 80s in their set

In the 1950s, while Rolls-Royce was the height of British luxury, it was the American Cadillac with styling features including tailfins, wraparound windshields, and extensive exterior and interior bright-work that was most associated with the stars.

In 1955, Elvis Presley bought his first pink and white Cadillac. It was used by Elvis and The Blue Moons until the car went up in smoke when a brake lining caught fire, on the road in Arkansas on June 5, 1955. Not surprisingly the iconic car became a favoured name for rock and roll groups.

The original Cadillacs were an American rock and roll and doo-wop group from Harlem, New York, active from 1953 to 1962. The group, with lead singer Earl Carroll, was noted for their 1955 hit Speedoo, which was instrumental in attracting white audiences to black rock and roll performers.

These days there are several groups worldwide with the name, but this best of British outfit hails from Manchester.

So, if you would like to be there, tickets are £11 including supper. Contact Eddie on 01246 590502 or 07966 154798.

n Designate @ The Gate, the Matlock-based licensed arts venue, has a triple bill of musical entertainment lined up for the next three days.

Tonight (Thursday), you can see Mammal, then on Friday (May 24) Andy Carr performs, while Matt McKenzie is the guest on Saturday

In addition, the venue, based on Smedley Street East, will have Pimms and pancakes, arts and music, deckchairs, a chippy van and even sand, with a beach beer garden opening on Saturday.

For more details, call 01629 760033.