Wartime Radio Revue is back!

Wartime Radio Revue is back!By CHIP HOLLOWAY, Desert Empire Fairgrounds

We will be bringing back, by popular demand, the Wartime Radio Revue on Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m. The revue appeared last November as part of the 75th Anniversary of China Lake, and all in attendance loved it.

Wartime Radio Revue is a live musical show that takes audiences back in time to experience a World War II USO show. This show is produced by Pete Jacobs and is full of entertaining and historical elements. It offers an authentic musical experience that will be nostalgic for audiences of all kinds.

Wartime Radio Revue is the premier big band playing this style of music in Southern California. The show puts this 16-piece band on display with wartime-era armed forces uniforms. It keeps audiences on their toes with a driving rhythm and vibrant horn section, which are the signature sound of classic swing music. The band is accompanied by a trio of female vocalists singing tight harmonies.

The first half of the show focuses on the big band era, and we will have the dance floor set up for swing dancing galore. If you’re not into big band, don’t miss this show because the second half of the show features party music to get everyone on the dance floor, featuring an incredible horn section. You will hear the hits of Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire, Bruno Mars or virtually any request you have. Last year Pete wowed the crowd with his Frank Sinatra impersonation on several songs. This show clearly has something for everyone.

Tickets can be purchased at the fair office, the Daily Independent and www.desertempirefair.com at $35 per table seat and $25 for general admission. We also are asking people who can’t attend to consider purchasing tickets for veterans and a guest so they can enjoy the show free of charge.

The response has been overwhelming, and we are hoping to have almost 100 free tickets for veterans. We will give veterans or enlisted soldiers letters thanking them and notifying them who sponsored their tickets. For more information call 375-8000 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Story First Published: 2019-05-31