Come on, St. Bernard, let’s do the twist.Jun 21st, 2010 | By Chad West | Category: Community
St. Bernard residents will soon have the chance to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Chubby Checker classic “The Twist” while also raising money to transform a St. Bernard Parish icon into a visual “thank you” to volunteers who helped rebuild the community after Hurricane Katrina.
Chubby Checker, born Ernest Evans in Spring Gulley, S.C., in 1941, and The Wild Cats will perform a 90-minute concert at the event. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the concert set to begin at 8 p.m.
This year marks a half century since Chubby Checker released hits like “The Twist,” “The Pony,” “The Fly” and “The Hucklebuck.” Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” was named by the Billboard Chart as the top song of the 1960s. It also ranks 451st on Rolling Stone magazine’s list the 500 greatest songs of all time.
A portion of the proceeds from the concert will benefit the Tower of Lights project, which seeks to illuminate the Kaiser Aluminum smokestack in honor of volunteers who have traveled to St. Bernard Parish since Hurricane Katrina to aid in the recovery and rebuilding effort.
“Every light is going to represent a person, a church, a state that helped us after Katrina,” said Darleen Asevedo, who is helping organize the event.
The concert will take place Aug. 14 at the Fred Sigur Civic Center in Chalmette. Tickets are $40 and are available at all A1 Appliance and Electronic stores.
The event will include two twist contests – one will feature a number of local officials while the other will be open to anyone. The “celebrity” contest will feature State Senator A.G. Crowe, Sheriff Jack Stephens, Parish Historian Bill Hyland, Councilmen Wayne Landry and Ray Lauga, Rocky and Carlo’s Tommy Tommaseo, and more.
“Cruising with Chubby Checker,” a classic car contest, will be held prior to the concert, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. outside the civic center. Chubby Checker along with representatives from the WTIX radio station will be judges at the car show.
The concert will also feature the Chalmette High School Jazz Band.
For more information on the event, call Asevedo at 504-271-9999. For more information regarding the Tower of Lights, go online to www.thetoweroflights.com.
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