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Held at the Clarion Hotel
& Conference Center

2930 Waterfront Parkway W. Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46214
June 22, 23 & 24, 2006

The 2006 Rockabilly Rebel Weekend was almost like a fresh start for the longest running rockabilly weekend in the USA. A new modern spacious hotel with a special room for the vendors, a great room to see the bands and even a movie theater for the showing of vintage Hot Rod films. A fresh new line up of some bands that have never played this festival and of course, some old favorites.

The weekend got boppin' on Thursday night as Ken Mottet was back to emcee the weekend. He introduced Ace Brown and his Helldrivers to start things off. Next came the Tommy Burns and his Sterling Cowboys who got things jumping and made way for 1950's original Pat Cupp. The very talented Buck Stevens rounded out the great night of entertainment. We die hards who came early were not disappointed.

Friday the crowd got a little heavier and lots of classic cars began to fill up the parking lot. Much of the day was spent at the vendor's tables or relaxing in the indoor pool. Hugs and bottles were shared as greasers and chicks got caught up on the happenings of each other's lives. The night's entertainment shot off to a rousing start with The Cowtown Playboys. We all enjoyed it when The Freightliners took the stage. The Star Devils came next and kept things rockin' and put on an impressive show. Next the evening got better when rockabilly original Art Adams took the stage. The final act of the night was Chicago's own, The Gin Palace Jesters.

Saturday was a buzz of activity. The Road Rockets put on a heck of a car show with The Knuckletones, Hot Rod Hucksters and The Cowtown Playboys rockabilly bands playing in the parking lot, flame throwing demonstrations, and the ever popular Pin-Up contest.

The evening show kicked off with The Knuckletones, followed by The Hot Rod Hucksters. Roy Wilson & The Buzzards brought it on. Everyone was anticipating the fabulous Luster Kings. The star of the weekend was definitely the great Wanda Jackson! Finishing up the weekend's line up was the hard rockin' Twistin' Tarantulas.

As always, David Loehr put on a great weekend. This year the change of venue made a big difference. The rooms, the vendors, and the show was all in the same hotel made it real nice for the fans.

This is the most enjoyable of all of the rockabilly weekenders. This is the one weekender you don't want to miss!

Article courtesy of Mark Kinnaman



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