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Doo-wop for a great cause

Frankie and the Fabletones, an oldies cover band, will perform a concert Saturday, March 19, at the Davis Art Center. Proceeds will benefit Art Center programs. Courtesy photo

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March 8, 2011 |

Come join Davis’ cherished oldies cover band, Frankie and the Fabletones, as they bop, hop, twist and shout their way through hits from the 1950s and ’60s on Saturday, March 19, at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St.

The benefit concert starts at 7 p.m. Admission at the door is $10 general, $5 for students and children 12 and under. Proceeds will help the Art Center maintain its arts education programs and expand into new areas to reach more members of the community.

The concert — featuring songs like “La Bamba,” “Rockin’ Robin,” “Just My Imagination” and more — is meant to be fun for all ages. Guests are encouraged to dance and come dressed in festive attire for a music video, which the band will be filming at the show.

Frankie and the Fabletones is a 10-piece band ranging in age from 16 to 65. The four harmonizing singers are Frank Fox, Dianna Craig, Heidi Bekebrede and Chris Sanborn. The band consists of Sergei Shkurkin (keyboards), Noah Wolfe (electric guitar), Andy McCauley (bass), Jeff Devine (drums), Calvin Handy (sax) and Jose Hermocillo (trumpet).

Three members of the band are also teachers at the Art Center. Bekebrede teaches clay and drawing for kids and adults. Fox teaches doo-wop harmony on Tuesday nights and Craig teaches clowning, mask performing and dramatic movement.

“We wanted to get some live footage to document all the fun, and we thought the Art Center would be a great venue,” Bekebrede said. “It’s family-friendly and we really know and love the place.”

Frankie and the Fabletones have rocked familiar stages like the Davis Farmers Market, E Street Plaza and the annual Rotary Barbecue. The core members have been playing together since 2005 when they first got together as an a cappella group for a Doo-Wop Society concert in Modesto.

“This music is a lot of fun and appeals to all ages,” said Erie Vitiello, executive director of the Davis Art Center, who’s a student in Fox’s doo-wop harmony class. “And it’s inspiring to see our teachers banding together to benefit the Art Center as a whole.”

For more information on Frankie and the Fabletones, visit http://www.gigmasters.com/Cover-Band/Frankie-And-The-Fabletones, or call the Art Center at (530) 756-4100.

What: Frankie and the Fabletones concert benefiting the Davis Art Center

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19

Where: Davis Art Center, 1919 F St.

Tickets: $10 general, $5 for students and children 12 and under, available at the door

Info: (530) 756-4100, davisartcenter.org/events

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