Crystals, Shades Of Blue To Play Swan Ballroom

WRIGHTSVILLE, Pa. – Area residents will be treated to a performance that brings them back 1960s when the Crystals come to Wrightsville, Pa. this month.

The Crystals and the Shades of Blue will perform at the White Swan Ballroom on Saturday, April 27, at 8 p.m.

According to Chuck Stroud, owner of the White Swan Ballroom, the first set of the show will feature the Shades of Blue, who will perform an hour of dance music. After a 30-minute intermission, the Crystals will take the stage and perform for an hour and 15 minutes. The dance floor will be available for use.

“This will be the first time we’ve had a female group, and they are one of the best out there,” said Stroud about the Crystals.

DeeDee Kenniebrew, an original member of the Crystals, said she is excited to perform at The White Swan Ballroom because she has never been to the venue.

“I heard it was a good place with a lot of history,” said Kenniebrew.

Kenniebrew is also looking forward to performing on the same bill with the Shades of Blue again, whom she has toured with several times before.

“I like them a lot, I think they are very good and the guys are personable,” said Kenniebrew. “Plus, they do an excellent show.”

For the performance, Kenniebrew will be joined on stage by the current members of the Crystals, Patricia Pritchett-Lewis and Melissa Antoinette Grant. With a backing band led by the Glen Raby Orchestra, the trio will perform several numbers the original members of the group made famous in the 1960s such as: “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “He’s A Rebel,” “Then He Kissed Me,” “He’s Sure The Boy I Love” and others. The trio will also perform several numbers that the Crystals recorded in the 1970s, such as “Rescue Me” and “Chapel of Love.”

“We’ll do all of our recordings, then we’ll do some stuff from the 1970s like a little Sam and Dave, and the Andrews Sisters -we have a high-energy show,” said Kenniebrew. “We might have one song that’s slow, but the whole time we’re moving and interacting with the audience. If there is room at the White Swan Ballroom, then we’ve got stuff that people can get up and dance to. “

To get the audience moving, Kenniebrew said the Crystals will do some choreography themselves. The idea, she said, is to bring people back to the days when the Crystals were out touring in the 1960s and 1970s.

“Most of the acts from back in the day when we were singing had choreography and nice clothes,” said Kenniebrew. “When acts from the 1950s and 1960s went on stage, they dressed for the affair. The guys were always in suits, and the girls were always in cocktail dresses. The main theme is to have a good time, and if you want to get up and dance, then we’ll take you on a journey back to your teenage years.”

Tickets, which are $25, are available by calling Stroud at 814-723-7239, or the White Swan Ballroom at 814-489-3492. To find the White Swan Ballroom from Jamestown, drive to Sugar Grove, Pa., take Route 957 west to Lottsville, Pa., and make a left onto Route 958. Take 958 south for three miles, and the venue will be on the left. The drive from Sugar Grove to Wrightsville is approximately nine miles. The address is 900 Route 958, Wrightsville.