Surf Reverb, Twang Guitar and Doo-Wop to See at Viva Las Vegas

Pomade that pompadour, because the Viva Las Vegas rockabilly party revs up at The Orleans. Here’s a short list of best bets:

Four things you need to know about Duane Eddy: “Rebel-Rouser,” “Ramrod,” “Peter Gunn,” “Because They’re Young.” These are the Grammy-winning Master of Twang!’s biggest smashes, and they’re the reason Eddy was granted entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. You’ve heard his music in Forrest Gump and Natural Born Killers. Why not catch the legend live in the Car Show Area, 4 p.m., April 7?

Surf-music combo The Ventures launched a thousand copycats in the wake of their massive hit “Walk, Don’t Run.” They went on to pioneer the concept album with 1961’s The Colorful Ventures. (Each song had a different color in the title.) Founding members Don Wilson (guitar) and Nokie Edwards (bass) are pushing 80 and still shredding. Catch this iconic group in the Car Show Area 5:30 p.m. April 7.

We’d be remiss in not telling you Eastside L.A. doowop legends The Calvanes are slated to perform in the ballroom 9:30 p.m. April 8. Take a few minutes to YouTube the quartet’s
biggest hits from 1958: uptempo “Crazy Over You” and smooth and sultry “Dream World.” Seriously, how often do you hear a classic doowop group?