Sock hop and disco fever hit Lake Dillon Amphitheatre |

Sock hop and disco fever hit Lake Dillon Amphitheatre

Kimberly Nicoletti

DILLON – Whether you love to twist and shout, swing and bop or shake your groove thang, Lake Dillon Amphitheatre is the place to be.

The Nacho Men revisit the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s with their unique form of “funtertainment” at 7 p.m. Saturday.

“We wanted to do music that brought people’s youth back – songs about dating, love and cars,” Nacho Men originator Frankie Diamond said. “It’s fun, simple, family-friendly music. I’ve seen 5-year-olds and 95-year-olds dancing to our music.”

Diamond began playing guitar at age 11, after watching the Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He practiced for months, and once he learned the chords to “Gloria,” he was off and running. He formed The Nacho Men in 1980, playing oldies tunes.

“There wasn’t a niche yet for ’50s and ’60s music, so we filled it,” Diamond said.

The band’s name had nothing to do with Mexican food, but rather with muscle-bound men. The band members considered themselves one cut above “macho men,” hence the name the Nacho Men.

Being a step ahead, the Nacho Men don’t just play covers, but rather adds novelty acts to its performance, such as a Sonny-and-Cher act complete with banter; a takeoff on The Village People with Diamond’s new 3-foot wig; and a cross-dressing Nachettes act.

“(The Nachettes) is a jaw-dropper, almost,” Diamond said. “The audience likes to see zaniness. We have a synergy in the band. We’ve known each other for a long time. Together, the whole band is much better than any one singular (musician).”

In the end, Diamond simply wants to make people laugh.

“Basically, what it comes down to during a two-hour time is to not have to think about anything, just to have fun,” he said.

For information about the free concert, call (970) 470-1874.

The raw sounds of down-home, back porch country music stomp on stage on Saturday, July 27, with Marty Jones and the Pork Boilin’ Poor Boys.

The hillbilly quartet stomps out any bluegrass and country stereotypes, balancing its love of the music while poking fun at it.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at

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