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Ford City Christmas fundraiser will feature Fabulous Hubcaps

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In order to light up the night, the Ford City Renaissance Community Partnership is bringing in the stars.

As part of a fundraiser for Ford City’s annual Christmas Light-Up event, the Fabulous Hubcaps are scheduled to play their first-ever show at the 10th Street Station on Nov. 15. The night will include dinner, dancing and a few wardrobe changes by the band.

The acclaimed Hubcaps are known for two things: Playing golden oldies and regaling the audience in the garb and wigs of the artists they pay tribute to, including the Beach Boys, James Brown, Willie Nelson and Frank Sinatra.

“You never know what artist is going to pop out at you,” says Jane Noelte, the Hubcaps manager for the past 20 years. “But you will see some personalities pop out. Maybe Tina Turner, Elvis or Little Richard.”

The Maryland-based band members are bassist Dean Andrews, guitarist Michael Shipley, guitarist-keyboardist Tommy Dildy, drummer Barry Holober, saxophonist Don Mark and vocalists Denny Cook and Lorraine Allen.

The Hubcaps are expected to play three 45-minute sets. A designated area in front of the stage will allow the audience to dance.

“They are a great, great band,” says Partnership co-founder Paul Klukan, who first saw the Hubcaps at a show at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg. “They were fabulous, and people came from all over to see them.”

Klukan is hoping for the same turnout. Helping their cause is that a recently planned show in New Eagle was canceled, and the band told fans who were planning on attending that show to come to the one in Ford City.

Paul and his wife, Barbara Klukan, initially got in touch with the Hubcaps about doing the show.

“Just in that first phone call chatting with Barbara and Paul, they feel like they are your best friends by the time you hang up the phone,” Noelte says. “Plus, the Hubcaps are thrilled to come back to Western Pennsylvania and, more importantly, are very honored to share in this fundraiser.”

The band, which formed in 1974, was recently inducted into the Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame and the Southern Legends Performing Arts Hall of Fame. They have played countless shows at locations from state fairs to the White House lawn.

There will be food and drinks available for purchase. Attendees must be 16 years of age or older.

Only 320 tickets will be sold; about 200 have gone so far. Klukan says people from as far away as Harrisburg are planning to attend.

“People want to come and kick up their heels and dance to golden oldies,” Noelte says.

The funds raised will go toward the “When You Wish Upon a Star” Christmas season celebration scheduled Nov. 29.

For details or to view video of their show, visit thehubcaps.com.

Ed Phillips is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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