Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts — July 24, 2014

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Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts will be returning to the Wilsonville Rotary Summer Concerts stage on July 24, 2014. This will be the 10th consecutive year leading off the series for the legendary combo affectionately known as “Wilsonville Rotary’s House Band,” and there’s a reason for that. The Lugnuts always pack the house — then they tear it down.

Starting as a party gag in 1978, Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts have become one of the most popular bands to perform the classic hits from the ’50s and ’60s. The Lugnuts fame spread beyond the Pacific Northwest, dazzling audiences from Washington State to Washington, D.C. Their performances have been enthusiastically received at corporate parties, civic celebrations, fairs, fundraisers, concert halls, conventions and televised events.

The long list of annual return engagements — including the Wilsonville Rotary Summer Concerts, where they will be leading off the series for the eighth year in a row — is testament to the fact that JOHNNY LIMBO AND THE LUGNUTS is “Can’t miss” entertainment and a hit with all ages … from kids to grandparents.

Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts have shared the stage with many national acts including Chuck Berry, Chubby Checker, the Righteous Brothers, the Mamas and the Papas, Three Dog Night, Jan and Dean, Johnny Rivers, Rick Nelson, The Ventures and Paul Revere and the Raiders. They toured the Far East with stops in Japan, Korea, and the Philippines. The Lugnuts played for the Oakland A’s at the opening game and were invited by Nike to perform for a special party at the close of the Los Angeles Olympics. Each year the list continues to grow.

A Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts show is a toe-tappin’ tour of the Golden Era of Rock and Roll as they play tributes to such legendary artists as Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and the Supremes.

The nine member band includes a knockout horn section that really swings on tunes from Memphis to Motown, and a female vocalist, allowing the band to feature many of the talented ladies of rock. In addition to the great music, the show features colorful costuming and energetic choreography which always brings rave reviews.

Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts emphasize showmanship, creating a never-ending energy on stage. The electricity generated by this sight and sound experience results in packed dance floors at every performance. Ask anyone who has experienced JOHNNY LIMBO AND THE LUGNUTS and they’ll tell you … “Rock and Roll will never die and the Lugnuts are the reason why”

For more information, visit their website at www.johnnylimbo.com.

Opening Act: Naomi LaViolette

LaViolette_Naomi_2014Come early and hear Naomi LaViolette play. She will begin her opening set at around 5:30 p.m.

Portland, Oregon-based songwriter, pianist and vocalist Naomi LaViolette has found her niche between retro-style grooves and cool pop. LaViolette’s smooth vocals span the sultry blues of Norah Jones to the ambience of Sarah McLachlan, and her inclusion of both vintage and current keyboard sounds are reminiscent of both the funky rhythms of Billy Preston and classic folk-rock of Carole King.

Her songs tell stories of falling in love, life lessons and heartbreak, while striking a distinctive balance between sweet flirtation, soul-searching and gratitude. Her artistic and authentic live performance, whether solo or with a band, is an intimate and inspiring experience. LaViolette released her first solo record, self-titled Naomi LaViolette in March 2012, a holiday single Noel in December 2012, and an EP entitled You’ve Got Me in October 2013.

LaViolette’s music has received great review and critical acclaim from media including Oregon Music News, The Oregonian, The Portland Tribune, Willamette Week, StereoSubversion.com, KATU’s AM Northwest, KINK.fm, and KMHD.fm. She is praised for her original music and balanced combination of chops and lyricism.

LaViolette has opened for national and international artists, performed at esteemed venues and festivals including the Portland Jazz Festival, Jimmy Mak’s, the Doug Fir Lounge, the Alberta Rose Theater, and The Bite of Oregon, and is the pianist for the Oregon Repertory Singers.

LaViolette’s roots are deep in classical music—she has a master’s degree in classical piano performance—but she has also immersed herself in jazz standards, folk songs, soul, pop and gospel. All these influences give her music a variety of moods and styles for listeners to enjoy. LaViolette is often commissioned to write songs for various outlets, provide arrangements of her music for other musical groups, and is an in-demand session player and performer.