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Bill Haley Jr. and the Comets with The Cellar Dwellarzz Jazz Ensemble

On Friday, June 2, 2017, at 7:00 PM, the Wiltsie Center will present Bill Haley Jr., and the Comets!

Opening for the show will be The Cellar Dwellarzz Jazz Ensemble, a community jazz group dedicated to the education, practice and performance of jazz music.

If only for the impact of “Rock Around the Clock”, Bill Haley would deserve a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (He was inducted in 1987)!
Yet his impact in the early days of Rock and Roll went well beyond that milestone! Two years earlier he’d put out “Crazy, Man, Crazy” an original amalgam of country and R&B that arguably became the first rock and roll record to register on Billboard’s pop chart!

For most of the Fifties, Bill Haley was a presence on the record charts, and he appeared in several rock and roll movies aimed at teenagers. It is estimated that Bill Haley and His Comets have sold 60 million records worldwide.
How important was “Rock Around the Clock”?

“Before it became a hit in summer 1955 - more than a year after it was recorded - Rock ‘n’ Roll was virtually an underground movement, something kids listened to on the sly,” wrote journalist Alex Frazer-Harrison. “This changed after ‘Rock Around the Clock.’ The music was everywhere!”

Bill Haley has been called “The Father of Rock and Roll” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll’s first star!” “We premiered it,” he told Rolling Stone in 1967. “We put country & western together with rhythm & blues, and that was rock. The first three years were ours, all ours, till [Elvis] Presley came along.” Bill Haley even helped give Rock and Roll its name! Bill Haley penned a song called “Rock-A-Beatin’ Boogie” - whose chorus went “Rock, rock, rock everybody/Roll, roll, roll everybody” - that was recorded by the Treniers in 1953 and adopted by disc jockey Alan Freed on his Cleveland-based Moondog radio show!

Now his Son, Bill Haley Jr. & The Comets, recapture the heyday of his famous father and The Comets and carry on the tradition his father started! Bill Haley Jr. & The Comets. Re-creating the Music, the Feel, the Excitement, the Authentic Stage Costuming and the Energy, Bill Haley Jr. & The Comets will transport audiences back to the very beginning of Rock & Roll!

Audiences will be on their feet, dancing in the aisles and singing along to every song during this incredible, All-Ages, Affordable Show!!

Alligator" "Shake, Rattle & Roll" "Razzle Dazzle" "Don't Knock The Rock" "Dim, Dim The Lights"   "Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie" "Rockit 88" "Rock This Joint""Skinnie Minnie" and many, many more!

The Cellar Dwellarzz Jazz Ensemble will perform under the direction of Neil Forte III and Jennifer Gerhard. They are a group of students from the Hazleton Area School District who are committed to serving their community by fostering the art of jazz and spreading the love of music throughout the area. Members of the Cellar Dwellarzz include: Alto saxophone — Emily Trella and Luke Kranyak. Tenor saxophone — Hailey Dudinyak, Bryce Greco and James Fanjoy. Baritone saxophone — Marlie Haraschak and Hannah Kunetz. Trumpet — Mattie Reed, Ethan Mariano, Brayden Dudinyak and Tristan Haraschak. Trombone — Marissa Clatch, Austin Pliska, Kaitlynne Drennan, Landon Wolk and Neil Forte IV. Guitar — Max Palfey. Keyboard — Erica Trella. Drums — Giovanni Forte.

The Wiltsie Center is located at 700 N Wyoming St at the Historic Castle. Parking is free. Tickets are on sale now at or tickets can be purchased at the door. Seats are reserved. Tickets are $25.00 with no additional fees. Box office opens at 5:30 and doors open at 5:45 PM. The Cellar Dwellarzz will perform at 6:00 PM, and Bill Haley Jr at 7:00 PM. Media sponsors are WYLN, the Standard Speaker, GEM 104 and Service Electric. For more information, call 455-5863, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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