Local bands to give UA blasts from the past

By Lisa Heller

Arizona Daily Wildcat

The UA will be rockin' and rollin' to three local bands on the Mall from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow.

The Cadillacs, who play music from the '50s and '60s, have opened for artists such as Chuck Berry, The Coasters, The Turtles and The Platters. The band includes Dave Lekawa, Michael Serres, Jeff Rodenkirch, Leon Kittrell, and Jill Conway. Kittrell, a musician for more than 30 years, toured with Ike and Tina Turner and Marvin Gaye. The Cadillacs draw a variety of people, Conway said.

"Anyone from 20 to 70 likes this music. We play fun party songs," she said.

The band is excited about playing at Homecoming, Conway said. Three of them attended the UA.

"It is very meaningful to be a part of Homecoming," Conway said. "I went to college there and I completely support the UA."

The Billy Shears Band specializes in classic rock from 1957-1973. The band goes for the authentic sound, said Bill Ball, drummer and business manager.

"People say that they can close their eyes and imagine hearing the different bands we play, like the Beatles or Buddy Holly," said Ball.

The band members include Bill Ball, drums; Sam Burkes, rhythm guitar; Brian Corkill, lead guitar; and Ted Abetya, bass. Ball is an alumni of the UA.

"We have a strong appeal from teenagers on up," Ball said.

Dr. Rock is a four piece band that plays music from the '50s to the '90s. Members include Steve Davis, bass guitar; Marvel Davis, rhythm guitar and keyboards; Terry Closs, lead guitar; and David Niecikowski, drums.

Steve Davis graduated from UA, and Niecikowski is currently a UA student. The band plays oldies, country, rock and roll and pop.

"We're kind of a baby boomer band," said Marvel Davis. "We enjoy playing for crowds, and Homecoming is a lot of fun."

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