THE FIFTIES ARE BACK
Look out world, THE NIFTY FIFTIES are back, with a cool retro style and hot new spin on the greatest hits of rock and roll.
Like a turbocharged time machine, this five piece group will transport you back to the manic magic of the golden age of rock and roll, combining their highly charged dance hits of the 50's 60's and beyond with a uniquely entertaining blend of, stage presence, humor and good old-fashioned showmanship.
Those qualities have made them a New England favorite for almost 18 years, appearing at various nightclubs and venues, and at public events and festivals such as FIRST NIGHT HARTFORD, The RIVERFEST celebration, and the South Windsor and Enfield Summer Concerts, playing to enthusiastic audiences numbering in the thousands.
In the last decade they've been featured in the HARTFORD COURANT, WVIT AND WTIC television, and have been regular guests on WDRC radio. They've opened for such legendary rock and roll pioneers as The DRIFTERS, JOHNNY MAESTRO, JOEY DEE AND THE STARLIGHTERS, THE SHIRELLES, AND THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS. They've also released a cd of self-composed originals called NFB: UNCOVERED, which brings their rero-inspired sound to new levels.
From the first notes of their opening number to the frenetic big finish of their encores, it is immediately clear that this is no typical "oldies" band. The group wheels through tightly choreographed numbers like ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK and SHOUT, seques into showy doo-wop and novely numbers and classic 60's dance rock, and spinning seamlessly into slow dancing ballads, rich with the band's trademark 4 part harmonies.
One reason for the NIFTIES’enduring popularity with audiences of all ages has to be their contagious sense of fun, eliciting thunderous rounds of applause during showstoppers like THE TWIST, HAND JIVE, and BARBARA ANN, involving the audience at all times.
As fronted by hyperkinetic keyboardist
JONNY ADAMS, driven by the driving fretwork of lead guitarist MIKE “THE
SPIKE” ARMENTANO, and rhythm guitarist CHARLIE “ BONES”UZANAS,
and propelled by the sinewy bass playing of MARTY BUGGS MORAN and the dramatic drumming of STEVE GREASED LIGHTNING ARMENTANO, this band performs on all cylinders, attacking the classic hits of the past with a power and reverence that make them feel brand new.
"Their energy level is just incredible" says NIFTIES manager CHERYL SCOTT, "and audiences just eat it up". The whole band takes part in working the crowd, and voiceover artists ADAMS and MORAN do comic bits and vocal imitations between numbers, adding to the band's distinct personality.
Indeed, there seems nothing they won't do to wow the crowds. In addition to highly popular 'HAND JIVE" LESSONS and TWIST contests, the band has a tradition of getting down on the floor and performing upside-down during their big finale number, singing while standing on their heads. "We just did it one day, and the audience went ballistic", explains Adams, "so we kept it in the show."
And what makes this "oldies" band an act that still draws big crowds in the 21st century? "The music is irresistable and timeless" volunteers Moran, "and the crowds respond to our energy and the high bar we set for our performances.”
Adams explanation is simpler:
"Rock and roll" he says, "is here to stay."