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Stirring memories at Starlight

Joyce Rudolph

From surfer tunes to Motown blues, Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries

inspired the 3,000-plus folks to get footloose during Sunday night’s

concert at the Starlight Bowl.


It was the 10th year the Captain and his crew stirred memories at

the bowl, performing music from the 1950s and ‘60s.

Many families are regulars at this concert every year, said Garth

Nelson, deputy director for the city of Burbank Parks, Recreation and


Community Services Department.

“This band has become a tradition at the Starlight Bowl,” he said.

“They not only have their own following, but Burbank Starlight Bowl

regulars. And it’s always one of our largest concerts, and most fun

concerts. They definitely engage the audience and provide quality

family entertainment.”

A few of the songs keeping the audience hopping and bopping were

“Surfing USA,” “Heard It Through the Grapevine” “Papa Ooh Mow Mow,”


“Born to Be Wild,” “Twist and Shout” and “Great Balls of Fire.”

Several of the band members donned sombreros and danced with

audience members during “La Bamba.”

A dozen listeners were brought on stage to show their moves for

“Hand Jive.” For their dexterity at the hand game of the same title,

the band gave them Captain Cardiac souvenir T-shirts.

Everyone got out of their seats to spell out The Village People’s



But the show-stopper, as always, was “Shout,” and everyone stood

shaking their hands over their heads while singing the title as

loudly as they could.

Adding to the atmosphere, the Road Kings car club displayed cars

from the 1950s and ‘60s eras.

The weekly concerts are sponsored by the city of Burbank. The

Burbank Philharmonic will play music of Ravel and Tchaikovsky on

Sunday. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy takes the stage Aug. 17.

Tickets are $7, $4 for seniors 60 and older and children 3 to 12

and free for children 2 and younger. Parking is $5. Gates open at

5:30 p.m. for picnicking. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Starlight Bowl is at 1249 Lockheed View Drive.