Musicians to perform reunion concert
Summers are meant for reunions of families, high school classmates — and even musicians.
On Saturday, Aug. 4, a number of well-known local musicians will gather for a performance that will take the audience on a trip down memory lane, said Lynn Dvorak, who is organizing the event.
The evening will unite Dvorak with Bob Letheby, Gene Timperley, Dick and Bob Allison, Dick Hitchcock and Bob Hupp, some of whom played together as the Hupp/Allison Brothers in the 1980s. They also were joined by Nick Hupp, who died in 2002.
“We entertained and fronted shows at the Granada Theatre in Norfolk for all of the big-name shows that performed there in the 1980s,” Dvorak said.
The reunion concert will be from 7 to 11 p.m. at the VFW Club in Norfolk. There is no admission.
All of the entertainers involved have been playing music since they were young. Dick Allison, for example, recalls winning a talent show on radio station WJAG back in the early 1950s.
When they were kids, he and his brother, Bob, often entertained their neighbors by performing impromptu concerts in the yard of their house, Dick said.
Hupp played his first “gig” when he was 14; and Dvorak was only 5 when he started performing.
Since then, all of the musicians have played shows around the country, which kept them on the road much of the time.
Although they admit that traveling was exhausting, they realize it was the music that kept them going, Dick Allison said.
A few months ago, Dick Allison mentioned to Dvorak that he would like to get some of his fellow musicians together for one last performance
Dvorak, who organized a similar reunion with his band two years ago, offered to do the footwork.
He rounded up the musicians, coordinated the date and the venue “had it put together in a week,” he said.
Audience members can expect to hear the songs they enjoyed back when the band was performing from country to 1950s and ’60s rock ’n’ roll, Dvorak said.
Other musicians may have the opportunity to perform with the band, too, Dvorak added.
He knows everyone will have a good time during what could be the last performance for some of the musicians.
“This is a one-time get-together,” Dvorak said.