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In case you have some money left over, you have time off between October 18th and 21st 2018, you loved to watch Love Boat (a series from the seventies, you have to be that old to know that series) and you’re totally into Rockabilly music… well here’s the festival for you: The Baja Bop.

Bands like: Los Straight Jackets, Si Cranstoun, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys, Ruby Ann, Kim Lenz, D.J.’s and many more, will rock to and fro with you on full sea.

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Hoorn Rock and Roll Sunday: the final Big Bang!

Posted by Dee-Ann On May - 21 - 2017

I was a teenager in 1986 when I first visited Hoorn Rock and Roll Sunday (NL) by train to get blown away by the whole city breathing rock and roll music. A big fifties market, carshows, live music coming out of almost every bar. My best friend and me were walking in rock and roll paradise. After a few years the festival ended.

But in 2007 I was so happy to hear that a new organisation (Anneke Knip, Maartje Brandt, Michel Koppies, Miriam Bosman and many more) picked up the pieces and this amazing festival was back on its feet! Read the interview with Anneke:

The town square is the center of the whole festival, but bars all over town are filled with live rock and roll bands. Every year they got more bands. Since Desperados became the main sponsor, more than 20 Dutch and international bands are present. This year Mike Sanchez (UK), Louis King (AU), The Lustre Kings (USA) and Marcel Riesco (USA) are brought from overseas to shake up the city. A photobooth in an old VW is ready to take your picture, you can watch the dance demonstration from Jump Up Boogie Woogie, men get their quiffs greased up by Sleezy Tiki Barbershop and DeeJay Thomas will take care of the after party. 

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10th Anniversary Cruisers Rock and Roll club Belgium

Posted by Dee-Ann On November - 11 - 2015

Dees Honeytones with Cruisers Rock and Roll club Organizer Cederic.

It was an honor to be invited to play on the big 10th anniversary party of The Cruisers Rock and Roll club in Vlamertinge Belgium. Cedric and his friends organized this event, with four bands, 5-o-matics (NL), Dan Cash and the Road Rockers (FR/BE), Tabasco Wild Band (FR) and yours truly Dee’s Honeytones. Also enough stands to buy your clothes, records and accessoires and very important dj Gegene!

We made some new Belgian and French friends. The cruisers members are like one big family. Everyone helped to make this event a big hit. The bands got a warm welcome. Also nice to watch the other bands.

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Franeker Rock and Roll festival 2015

Posted by Dee-Ann On June - 19 - 2015

Franeker (4)We had a great time at Franeker Rock and roll Festival. The sixth edition of this annual festival had two small stages and a main stage throughout the city center of Franeker (Friesland, The Netherlands).

The weather was rough, windy, rainy, but as we kept on rocking and rolling on the outdoor stages, we kept ourselves warm.


The Boppin’ Bastards with Sharon

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A normal sunday

Posted by Rocky On May - 25 - 2015


My workstation last Saturday

My workstation last Saturday

I woke up last Sunday, havin’ a hangover from the birthday party the day before. The sun was shining, early in the morning, and i remembered something the bass player of Liptease and the Backstreet Crackbangers (Liptease) told me. They were supposed to play on the cape, here in my hometown, during World Port Classics. I’d spinned the wax there the day before. So I decided to first eat something and comb my quiff before checking them out.

This band, going on for six years now, became extra popular with the dutch show Hollands Got Talent, becoming a good

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Rockabilly on the route 2015 Tucumcari, New Mexico

Posted by Dee-Ann On April - 14 - 2015

rockabilly on the route 2015Two years ago, folks in Tucumcari weren’t sure what “a rockabilly” was. Today Mayor Lumpkin is the self-proclaimed Ambassador of The Rockabilly, boasting, “Everywhere I went in Brooklyn I told people about Rockabilly on the Route.” Created in 2013 by La Loca Magazine owner Ungelbah Davila and Charleston-based Simon Cantlon, owner of Vive le Rock Productions, this rockabilly weekender is quickly changing the face of Eastern New Mexico. The creators, which now operate as Pink Flamingo Productions, chose the unassuming town of Tucumcari for its rich Route 66 history, colorful characters, and mid-century flair.

Since then the festival has grown into the largest of its kind in the state, drawing the attention of the New Mexico Tourism Department, PBS, and bands from as far away as Japan, Norway, and Colombia.

Unlike rockabilly festivals and car shows that are confined to a single venue, Rockabilly on the Route takes over the entire town, from the convention center-based car and bike show (hosted by the Voodoo Creeps Car Club and Duke City Rockers), to the cruise and parade down Route 66, to parking lot burn-outs, after parties at the Tristar Bar, pop-up drive-in movies at the Roadrunner Lodge, and

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Christmas Swan Market at Fenix Food Factory Rotterdam

Posted by Dee-Ann On December - 21 - 2014

2014 swan market (24)Rotterdam is becoming more and more vintage hip. The Swan Market is an art fair, which started in Rotterdam but has now it’s follow ups in Dordrecht, Goes and Antwerp (Belgium). Every month you can visit the Swan market in different locations in Rotterdam indoor or outdoors. Today December 21st, I visited the indoor Christmas edition in a hall near the Fenix Food Factory. The hall is located at one of the many Rotterdam harbours, where cruise ships often lay, but in the past mainly ships transporting goods from and to abroad. The hall was a depot for such goods. Now it’s empty and used for events like this. That makes this location very special.

2014 swan market (2)All kinds of handmade products, arts, vintage stuff and special food is sold. I had trouble keeping my money in my pocket. But these things I really really needed so bad and wanted it for a long time. Like this cute little purse with bamboo handle.2014 swan market (11)

Another cuteness is this red, white wall three wheeled Thai “tuk tuk”. They transformed it into an espresso bar. Classy huh?

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Scumbash Part II

Posted by Dee-Ann On November - 3 - 2014

IMG_7500Earlier this year I visited the First Scumbash in Rotterdam The Netherlands. I already wrote about it back then,

But now I realize I forgot to tell you about the main event of the whole day. First let me refresh your memory: The men of Schorem, Haarsnijder en Barbier have been in the Dutch media a lot lately, being one of the few vintage styled barbers in The Netherlands. Clients lining up in front of their shop, they don’t mind waiting for one or two hours. Women are not allowed in, dogs are. Men with beards and moustaches everywhere, with the greasy haircut. Even at the university, grocery store, shopping mall. They’ve shot the hype into the mainstream world. Barbers loving the vintage style of the thirties forties and most of all music!


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50matics  2014 sweetlake rock n roll revival (9) 2014 sweetlake rock n roll revival (54) 2014 sweetlake rock n roll revival (56) 2014 sweetlake rock n roll revival carshow dancers dancers2 eightball boppers haridresser stallsEvery second Saturday of July you’ll find and excellent summer Rock and Roll dance party in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands.   2014 sweetlake rock n roll revival (8)Martin and Sillie Verhoeve of dance school ‘Dance to the sixties’ are the key people of Sweet Lake Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival. 2014 sweetlake rock n roll revival (40)This year, the Eightball Boppers, Big Caz and the Four Bobs’, Five o Matics and Dee Ann and the Nightcaptains were invited to get the dancers on the dancefloor, well on the street, as it is an open air festival in one part of town. A lot of stalls, a female hairdresser, a carshow and all the nicely dressed dancers turned the town square into a fifties scenery. The dance to the sixties demonstration was the top attraction. Go and watch the youtube!


Posted by Dee-Ann On August - 29 - 2014
219 We’d love to introduce you to some of the bands that you will see at Rockabilly Rockout!
Meet the Bands: 

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Memphis aan de Maas (NL)

Posted by Dee-Ann On August - 28 - 2014

On Sunday the 14th of September 2014 the first edition of Memphis aan de Maas will take place at ‘De Vertrekhal’ in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. This former Departure Hall for cargoships from Rotterdam to the USA nowadays is an event center and because of the historical link with the USA the location is very suitable for a 50’s & 60’s event. Memphis aan de Maas has an impressive line-up. One of the best Dutch Rockabilly/Rhythm & Blues bands ‘Dee’s Honeytones’ will play their swinging songs, Dutch Crooner Ray Martin will bring his tribute to Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra.  DJ Franco Diago will play all the old Sun Records and there will be a cool oldschool barber: Rockin’ Barber Ritchie Mensingh. Together all the entertainment visitors can also enjoy a real 50’s & 60’s market with vintage clothes, coffee, 50’s stuff, vintage and retro furniture, oldschool jewelry and everybody can participate in the Memphis aan de Maas Music Quiz. Tickets are only €15,-. Wanna buy a few? Send an email to

De Vertrekhal
Benjamin Franklinstraat 507, 3029 AC Rotterdam, Netherlands


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Viva La Grasa in Texas!

Posted by Dee-Ann On August - 22 - 2014

vlgstaff-202x300Viva La Grasa will be bringing some of the hottest Rock N Roll/Rockabilly bands in the US to Texas. Included on the bill will be (2) 1950′s recording artist. Rockabilly Hall of Fame artist Art Adams and Specialty Recording artist Roddy Jackson. We have artist coming from as far as California and as close as next door. Texas owns wonderful Rockabilly artists will be on hand to set the stage on fire. This weekender will have a car show, vendors, tattoo artist, and record hops with some special guest DJ’s from around the world. Tickets are on sale now at

Viva La Grasa is Alex Tapia (left), Oscar Reyes (center), and Daniela Reyes (right). We are a small Texas based promotion company with over 15 years of experience combined. We have a passion for roots Rock N Roll, Rockabilly, and the culture that comes with it. This all started with a vision of putting together a  show that hadn’t been done before in San Antonio, TX. We wanted to give an opportunity to our friends to see bands they normally wouldn’t be able to see as well as an opportunity for the bands  to play for a different audience. We have two goals for Viva La Grasa, for everyone to have a good time and to be able to do this every year.

WHEN:  September 12 & 13, 2014

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_MG_7527“Home” is a concept that is both solid and nebulous. To many, home is the city where you currently reside, the plot of land you call your own, or simply the bed where you lay your head.   These concepts of home are all true.  But then there is “home” as a place of origin.  The space that helped shape who you are.  In the United States, this often brings to mind lots of Norman Rockwell imagery of simple, small town life and all of its nostalgic charms.  As the setting of this story is my hometown of Graham, Texas; located in Young County, not far from the infamous Possum Kingdom Lake.  And as we made our trek from Austin, my home for the last five years, those feelings of nostalgia started to trickle in and by the time we drove through Mineral Wells, were simply overflowing.  For the first time in my adult life, my past and my present were locking horns in a fury of anxiety and excitement.

chair1I first became aware of the “Cars and Stars” event through Facebook.  Local Rockabilly/Alt-Country act, the Octanes played the show in 2013 and the pictures of my old town square drew me in like an old hound dog to a soup bone.  If you had told my teenaged-self that there was going to be a festival with Rock ‘n’ Roll bands, hot rods, and pin-up models in my humble and conservative hometown my younger self would have no doubt scoffed in disbelief at the notion.  But there it was, clear as day and it set my brain on fire.  I had to see this for myself. Then lightning struck and I knew.  Danger*Cakes, my wife, Jamie’s band needed to get in on this festival.  Nothing would make me happier than to see them play at the town square where I had spent so much of my childhood.  I had to make this happen.

Fast forward almost a year later to April 11th.  Jamie, the band, and myself were all packing up late Friday night for a four hour drive through the Texas hill country.  My mood was electric and the night was just chilly enough to have that atmospheric quality.  By the time we finally rolled into Graham around 1AM,  the town seemed empty, reminding me of the many misspent nights roaming the town streets with my friends, often ending up at the local cemetery, if we felt brave enough.  Although this night my gang of friends and I simply ended up at the local Holiday Inn, a relatively new addition to the town.

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Hoorn Rock ‘n’ Roll SUNday #7

Posted by Miriam On May - 1 - 2014

!cid_BFA3512E-111B-4CAB-A6B2-E83BF4A740BBOn Sunday May 25 2014, Hoorn (the Netherlands) shakes to its foundations for the 7th time in a row; it’s time for Hoorn Rock ’n’ Roll SUNday!
From 02.00 PM until late at night there is a lot to do in the City centre and also in the port of Hoorn. The organization of the festival succeeded again to contract the best rockin’ bands from around the world, so it will be a rockin’ time all over the bars!
You can enjoy this festival for FREE, because there is no entrance fee.
A few of the bands are: Shorty Tom & the longshots (FR), Pat Capocci (AUS), The Sureshots (UK), Spunyboys (FR), The Bugalettes (NL), Chilli & the Barracudas (A) and many, many more!

This year, it’s difficult to avoid Elvis. Who is the real Elvis? Is it the Hungarian Elvis, the Elvis-o-Matic or the Dead Elvis?
And do you have a bad hair day on May 25, don’t be upset. Rockin’ Barber Ritchie and vintage hairdresser’s the Parlour will take good care of you, so you can impress everybody with your new quiff or other hairstyle!
Would you like to have a new outfit, then make sure you’ll visit our fifties market.
In grand café Santé you’ll find market stalls with all kinds of nostalgic things from the rock ‘n’ roll area and stylish fifties clothing.
At various places in the city you can admire beautiful classic cars.
The vans of Hoorn City Tours will ride for free between 03.00 PM until 09.00 PM, along all participating bars, so you can spare your feet and do your favourite moves on the dance floor.
After the bar crawl you can go to the after party in Grand Café Santé where a great band will perform and DJ Puchrocker will spin his wax, from 09.00 PM until ……

Do you want a lasting reminder of Hoorn Rock ‘n’ Roll SUNday 2014? We have wonderful t-shirts, which fit perfectly with our special sunglasses. You can buy these at our stall in Grand Café Santé.
More information you can find on our website:

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drewjamie1The Lonestar Roundup this year fell on a very special weekend for me. It was my second wedding anniversary. My wife Jamie and I spent the tail end of our Honeymoon seeing Wanda Jackson play at the 2012 show. We opted out of the 2013 show, but this year marked our return to the realm of fast cars, loud music, and big hair. It was a return with a kick like a kangaroo.

After a relaxing morning filled with sugary ceral and Pulp Fiction on Netflix, we rolled into the Travis County Expo Center. Even from the parking lot, you could hear cars revving their engines and music blasting. Once in the vendor area, we were quickly greeted by severa

l friendly and familiar faces.

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Scum Bash Rotterdam, part 1

Posted by Dee-Ann On February - 25 - 2014

IMG_7445The men of Schorem, Haarsnijder en Barbier have been in the Dutch media a lot lately, being one of the few vintage styled barbers in The Netherlands. Clients lining up in front of their shop, they don’t mind waiting for one or two hours. Women are not allowed in, dogs are. Men with beards and moustaches everywhere, with the greasy haircut. Even at the university, grocery store, shopping mall. They’ve shot the hype into the mainstream world. Barbers loving the vintage style of the thirties forties and most of all music!

Leen and Bertus started the first Scumbash in Rotterdam on February 22nd, 2014. 14 bands on three stages, playing at the Van Nelle fabriek in Rotterdam (NL). It was like a North Sea Jazz festival for scum! And that’s a good thing. Loudness is the main criteria for being invited as a band.

Well not always. The Small Time Crooks, opened the festival. Four bearded men with tattoos from The Hague form a acoustic band, playing fun bluegrass, singing harmonies, kazoo and washboard included.smalltimecrooks

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Amsterdam Beatclub 10th anniversary festival

Posted by Dee-Ann On November - 19 - 2013

amsterdambeatclubflyerSince 2003, Amsterdam BeatClub is one of the prominent organisations in The Netherlands for promoting the great 50’s/60’s music.

To celebrate it’s 10th years anniversary, an outstanding 2 record-set on vinyl & cd + booklet will be released,
presenting the very best bands and artists that performed at Amsterdam BeatClub over the last decade:

also included is a wicked book full of photos, rare flyers, full length stories and inside information about 10 years of Amsterdam BeatClub, “The Best Place To Go!Go!”

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Hotrodded Bullfrog Rock and roll/ Rockabilly festival (NL)

Posted by Dee-Ann On October - 15 - 2013

LIMG_0122Such a great atmosphere at Hotroddedbullfrog a festival that started in 2011, attracting 900 rock and roll fans to six cafe’s. In 2012 the amount almost doubled. This year Seven Rock and roll/ Rockabilly bands in seven cafe’s. C.C. Jerome’s Jetsetters, Vibro Kings, The Tinstars featuring Little Esther, The Taildraggers, The Hi-Tombs, 68 comeback and Dee’s Honeytones.

We got a warm welcome by Carla and Cor the owners of Café de schouw, a very cosy place where they usually play Rock music as Cor told us. With d.j.’s and occasionally bands.

I was planning on visiting Esther, but we were on a time schedule and played at the same time. It was raining so even during the breaks we didn’t get the chance to do a quick run to eachother, because we don’t wanna mess up our “wigs” as Esther said in a whatsapp message, haha.

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MaRS2 (Maritimes Rockabilly Shakedown) Festival Canada

Posted by Dee-Ann On August - 15 - 2013

MaRS2We are currently organizing the largest Rockabilly Music Festival in Canada and would like to invite all of you faithful followers of the Rockabilly Lifestyle to come and either visit our website or attend the festival itself.

The MaRS2 (Maritimes Rockabilly Shakedown) Festival will be held in Amherst Nova Scotia on the 6th, 7th and 8th of September and there will be over 20 Rockabilly bands as well as vendors of Rockabilly-esque products.

We will also be broadcasting all performances of festival at our new MaRS TV website which will be a 3 day event in itself right after the actual festival for all of those who are not able to attend.

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Like my ride at the Drive-in Barn

Posted by Baldcat On July - 5 - 2013

barn (1)Attention for everyone coming to the next Drive-in Barn (Rockabilly weekender 16th, 17th & 18th August) with a pre 65 vehicle. Send a picture of your ride your to: Drive-in Barn will post your picture in their ‘Like My Ride Gallery’ on Facebook (

The Ride with the most likes, will receive a Awesome ‘Facebook Award’ at the coming Drive-In Barn! (Only if you actually bring your ride!)

So send the best picture of your ride (car, bike, rocket or whatever!) to: Don’t forget to send your name with it as well.

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