Mods vs. Rockers: A False Dichotomy...

Here's a chance for anyone with any sort of vintage/retro/rockabilly, and yes /mod sensibilities to join like-minded folks for a weekend filled with music, dancing, tiki drinks, and 1950s nostalgia. The Red Hot and Blue Rockabilly Weekender is happening again this year up in Montreal from August 30 to September 2, 2012. This year features a great lineup of bands including Toronto's The Royal Crowns and Boston's The Raging Teens, a jive dance contest, burlesque performances, an antique car show, and Hawaiian happy hour.

I know, I know - the mods fought against the rockers on the beaches of Brighton in the 1960s. Bollocks. Mods didn't want to get their suits dirty. Ok, maybe there were skirmishes here and there that were sensationalized by the press. I don't care about any of that. Fact is, there's been more Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry emanating from my iPod lately (I know, oh, the irony! an iPod used to play old music! Sue me) than anything mod-related. I don't care - I love it all - from Fred Astaire to Ray Davies to Chuck Berry to the Who to Elvis to Cock Sparrer to the Jam to Little Willie John. It's all great stuff, and I don't label myself. And, living in Vermont, I will take what I can get when it comes to anything with a retro/vintage spin that doesn't remotely involve fleece, clogs, or Phish.

So Montreal, here we come - again. Are you going to be there too? If so, get in touch!

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