Retroactive Northeast Presents
The New England Shake-Up!

The Big Year 5 lineup!
Catch everyone this September 2017!

"Since forming in 1988, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys have emerged as one of the world's most respected practitioners of American roots music."

"The story began when Pete Hakonen, president of Goofin' Records, brought the great late Johnny Carroll (USA) for a gig in Finland 1992 and needed a backing group. The four guys - later to become the Barnshakers - had had on their mind to form an authentic rockabilly band for quite a while, and as Pete asked them to form a backing band he didn't have to ask twice. Vesa Haaja (vocals, guitar), Jussi Huhtakangas a.k.a. Lester Peabody (lead guitar), Mika Liikari (upright bass) and Mike Salminen (skins) had known themselves for years and played (and still play) in quality bands like The Whistle Bait, Dr. Snout and his Hogs of Rhythm and Hal Peters and his String Dusters. For the Johnny Carroll -show Pete asked if they -plus backing star himself - could do a set of their own. And so the Barnshakers were born."

In January of 1988, amidst the frozen badlands of Västerås, Sweden, a gang of Vikings decided to heat things up by forming a rockabilly trio. They would call themselves the Go Getters. Years later the ensuing inferno still rages like an oil fire in Texas!!

Ruthless, gritty and hellbent Rock 'n' Roll!!! This trio hails from the streets of Liverpool and are being tipped as the UK's break-out band! With a relentless touring schedule, FURIOUS have been cemented as one of the hardest working & wildest live acts around. Their appeal crosses so many borders and with their self penned songs about teenage life today, they are turning the world's kids onto a wild Rock 'n' Roll beat.

"The Lucky Stars play raucous good time dance music that sets the mood for a rollicking Saturday night on the town, as well as their very own brand of heart-broken blues that can provide the perfect soundtrack for the inevitable Sunday morning hangover."

"Hailing from the UK, this one time Morrissey opener Rockin’ Lloyd Tripp began his musical career playing with London’s hip rockabilly favorites the Megatons (‘81-‘84) which featured Boz Boorer of the Polecats. Then with Garage/Psychobilly legends The Vibes (‘83-‘86) one of John Peels/BBC all time greatest discoveries. Lloyd filled in on bass with The Stingrays (’84-’85) during which time he also played with the Blubbery Hellbellies (’83-’85) which was named by friend and Pouges frontman Shane MacGowan.
Performing as Rockin’ Lloyd Tripp since his arrival in the US in ’86. With his musical career spanning nearly 3 decades, 4 CD’s later Lloyd is now calling Austin, TX home. Whether you catch Rockin’ Lloyd Tripp pummeling his upright bass or bending his guitar he is still pumping out 100% original songs from the heart."

Shaun Young's Texas Blue Dots (aka Shauns Italian loafers.) Are an excuse from the High Noon front man to pretend he's a Texas guitar slinger! Formed in 2011 with three Italian imagrants- Alberto-drums Tropicana Joe-bass and Massimo-piano, the dots play rhythm and blues AND rock and roll AND rockin'​' rhythm AND....

"The Starjays are a dual vocal rockin' 40's and 50's rhythm and blues act. Piano, sax, guitar, upright bass, and drums round out this excellent combo.
Angela and Roy have been singing together for years, but despite their mutual love of rhythm and blues they hadn't performed together in that style. When Roy was invited to perform a set of rhythm & blues at Italy's Summer Jamboree and Angela put together an R&B set for KEXP's 20th Annual Shake the Shack Rockabilly Ball, this pair decided to join forces and form their own rockin' R&B band, The Starjays.
Taking influence from Ruth Brown, Etta James, Irma Thomas, Roy Brown, Wynonie Harris & Little Richard they create their own style and unique sound."

"His last name is Tubb. His first name is Lucky. Both infer much to be known about the dynamic and distinctive musical artist from Austin, Texas blazing a new trail in old school country for the modern age. Yet they still don’t tell his full and fascinating story. The great nephew of the legendary Ernest Tubb, he’s certainly earned his first name as a genuine hillbilly cat with at least nine lives that he’s fortunate to have lived through and returned to sing about along with a whole lot more. And with his Modern Day Troubadours behind him, Tubb has established himself as a worthy inheritor of the Tubb family musical legacy."

"Chicago's lead rhythm and blues screamer Bailey Dee found the rock and roll handbook and reads it right! Reminding many of Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Etta James, with Howlin' Wolf in the band. A full band backs her featuring members of legendary R&B Chicagoan Andre Williams band and ex-Million Dollar Quartet."

Formed ten years ago, this is the third wave of Lil Mos second band on his first label, Rhythm Bomb Records. Spanish Mike Sobieski (Lil Mo & The Dynaflos, Pleasurefuckers), Santos DeLeon (Kim Lentz), & Randall Stanton ( Hellzaboppers, Big Poi Combo) put up with Him because he sings traditional rockabilly in the highest voice known to human ear holes.

Maryland's Rock-A-Sonics have been creating a buzz in the Mid-Atlantic states for a couple years. Don't miss the Massachusetts debut of this versatile 5-piece rockin' combo, led by gifted young singer, Willie Barry.

"The 24th Street Wailers are mixed parts 40's and 50's R&B, Rock n' Roll, Jump Blues, and Punk. Led by Lindsay Beaver - the beautiful and ferocious singing drummer and songwriter (yes all three) this band plays with serious intent. After winning or receiving nominations for almost every award in their native Canada including a nomination for a Juno Award (Canadian Grammy), they've now relocated to Austin, Texas to take over America."

"Jeff Deware & The BopThrills are traditional, wild fun rockabilly. After much talking about starting up a new band Jeff and scott lyons decided they would go full throttle and do just what they sent out to do, which is create an authentic sound with a wild rocking flare to it.After the two decided it was time Jeff contacted Jack Hanlon to join the line up and Russ Dawley. Between the rocking vocals and stage persona of Jeff, the wonderful playing of Scott, slapping of the doghouse bass by Jack, and the superb drumming of Russ, the BopThrills are sure to have everyone dancing and sending the audience home remembering the show they just witnessed."

"Singing since her early childhood, and performing for several years at various events, Marie-Andrée (aka Emma Williams) brought together the best rockabilly musicians from Montreal to form the Ramblin' Men, a group that authentically reproduces music from the 1950s. These musicians have an acute knowledge of the culture of the time. Friends in life and on stage, this group will convey his energy and passion for this era. Playing the main female musical hits of the time, Emma Williams & the Ramblin' Men is a direct jump in the 1950s!

Closing out Sunday evening, Sean Mencher will be at ringleader for our Jamboree... surprises are in store, for sure!

Performing live on Saturday
at the New England Shake-Up Car Show...

The Delta Bombers have smashed stages all over the world since 2008 with no plans of stopping. Started by four teenagers in Las Vegas, they’re driven by a hybrid of 50’s rock and roll fused with blues and the most exciting elements of rockabilly.

Miss Amy is a founding member of New Englands premiere Roots/Rockabilly/Rock'n'Roll act the Raging Teens. Most recently she has been seen laying down guitar work with Jittery Jack.

In the spring of 2014, five friends got together in a grimy practice space in Boston to see what would happen. They all had long, diverse rock and roll pedigrees and their record collections were no different. They had no idea what they would do, only what they didn't want to do— anything they had already done before.
The sound that developed was not rockabilly. It was not punk rock. It wasn't garage, soul, gothic southern swamp darkness, or straight mid-century American rock and roll…it was all those things. It was the echo of the record collections, the artists, and the aesthetics that they loved.

Performing live on Sunday
at the New England Shake-Up Pool Party...

The Breezy, tropical alter-ego of some of the fellas in The Lucky Stars.

Shorty Poole, from the West Coast band The Hula Girls, has put together an exclusive band, just for the Shake-Up Pool Party. They'll be playing classic Hawaiian steel guitar tunes, as well as a few rare gems.