Sock hop meets disco fever
DILLON – If you haven’t been to the Lake Dillon Amphitheatre’s free Saturday night concerts, you’ve missed a whole lotta shakin’ going on. (If you’ve been there, then you know it’s so popular, you’re lucky if you can park your car in town.)
Either way, you have one last chance to join the largest weekly party in Summit County.
Whether you love to twist and shout, swing and bop or shake your groove thang, the Nacho Men offer a full spectrum of sounds and sights at 7 p.m. today.
The Nacho Men revisit the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s with their unique form of “funtertainment.”
“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 has 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 Nacho Men.
Being a step ahead, the Nacho Men don’t just play covers but rather add novelty acts to their performances, such as a Sonny-and-Cher act complete with banter; a takeoff on The Village People with Diamond’s 3-foot wig; and a cross-dressing Nachettes act.
“(The Nachettes) are 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.
Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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