CLEARWATER – Bowzer’s 11th annual Holiday Rock ’N’ Roll Party will be presented Friday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater.
Tickets start at $38.75. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
Hosted by Jon “Bowzer” Bauman, the concert will feature performances by Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, Freddie “Boom Boom” Cannon, The Coasters, Sha Na Na Reunion with Johnny Contardo & Henry Gross, Joey Dee, Bowzer & the Stringrays and Rocky & The Rollers.
While attending Columbia University in New York in 1969, student Bauman along with his fellow classmates combined their love for the classics of rock and roll with a dynamic theatrical approach to form Sha Na Na. The ’50s legends eighth professional gig was opening for Jimi Hendrix 48 years ago this summer at The Woodstock Festival. Sha Na Na had its own TV series for four seasons beginning in the late ’70s and also appeared in the classic movie, “Grease.”
Bauman went on to become a VJ on the music channel VH-1 during its first two years. He’s appeared on several television series, such as “Miami Vice.” He also hosted the “Hollywood Squares” half of the “Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour.”
Bauman has spoken on behalf of musicians and helped pass legislation, known as the Truth in Music Act, which compels any group using the name of a classic group to have at least one of the original members.