NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Tickets are still available for a performance of Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats whose rockabilly show is coming to Stephen F. Austin State University at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in W.M. Turner Auditorium as part of the College of Fine Arts University Series.
Attending the high-energy show fronted by Rocker, with his signature upright bass, is a great way to kick off a full weekend of homecoming fun at SFA, according to Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the series.
“He’s gonna ‘Rock This Town,’, no doubt about that,” Shattuck promised. “Lee Rocker is just coming off a huge anniversary tour with his Stray Cats band mates. His set list includes all of their top hits, and his show is full of other favorite rock classics that are sure to please.”
Rocker made his mark singing, playing, standing on, spinning and rocking his giant upright bass as a founding (and current) member, along with Brian Setzer and Slim Jim Phantom, of the Grammy-nominated rockabilly group the Stray Cats, which sold more than 10 million albums and garnered 23 gold- and platinum-certified records worldwide. Rocker and his band are headed to Nacogdoches to perform Stray Cats hits like “Sexy and Seventeen,” “Stray Cat Strut” and “Rock This Town,” plus many other rock-era songs he has performed post-Stray Cats with music legends from Ringo Starr and George Harrison to John Fogerty and The Rolling Stones. The performance is sponsored in part by Lehmann Eye Center.
Prior to the Rocker performance, Dr. J.D. Salas, associate professor in the SFA School of Music and a professional jazz-blues bassist, will present an informative talk at 7 p.m. in Griffith Gallery. The gallery is located across the hall from Turner Auditorium, which is inside the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to meet the performers and recognize Dr. Robert Lehmann and his staff as the corporate sponsor.
Thursday night’s University Series concert is followed by a full slate of official homecoming activities sponsored by the SFA Alumni Association and other campus organizations on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The annual homecoming game features the SFA Lumberjacks taking on the McNeese State Cowboys at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in Homer Bryce Stadium. Visit www.sfaalumni.com for a full schedule of events.
Single event ticket prices for the University Series are $30 for adults, $24 for seniors, $15 for SFA faculty and staff and $12 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit finearts.sfasu.edu, stop by the Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.