Martinis and IMAX Rockabilly Revival
What: King Daddy Polecats perform
When: Cash bars open at 5:30 p.m.; live music begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Fernbank Museum, 767 Clifton Road, Atlanta
How much: $15 for adults, $14 for students and seniors and $10 for members
More info: 404-929-6400
When it comes to bands from Gainesville, King Daddy Polecats is one of the best.
Their rockabilly, blues and swing combo is sure to get any crowd moving.
So, when the Fernbank Museum planned a Rockabilly Revival-themed Martinis and IMAX event, the King Daddy Polecats were a perfect fit.
"It's a great opportunity and we are really excited about it," said Ted Tuck, the lead singer and guitarist for the King Daddy Polecats. "We have been networking with a lot of the rockabilly bands down there now and we are playing shows ... we have some shows coming up at Lenny's in Atlanta and the Star Bar."
At Martinis and IMAX, guests can sip cocktails while watching an IMAX film or listen to live music. There are also chef-prepared entrees and appetizers.
So, we caught up Tuck to talk about what people can expect from the swingsters on Friday.
Question: How did you get hooked up with Fernbank to perform at Martinis and IMAX?
Answer: "We have a friend of ours and he's a DJ/promoter named Reverend Andy and he promotes a lot of rockabilly shows and a lot of that genre of stuff down in Atlanta and we've become friends with him and he's been helping us promote some of our shows, so he hooked us up with IMAX.
Q: What can people expect from the King Daddy Polecats at Fernbank Museum?
A: "Obviously we'll have to bring the volume down a little bit but that's no big deal. But it's just one of those things where you don't know until you get down there and play ... a lot of swing, a lot of straight-up rockabilly stuff, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, The Stray Cats, that kind of stuff. Then we'll do some Ray Price swing, Texas swing stuff and we'll throw a little honky tonk in and a few surprises.
Q: When did you learn to play guitar and did you attend music school?
A: I started playing guitar when I was about 6. I was just really fascinated with the instrument when I was a child, I really just thought it was really cool, grew up in New Or leans and people are always playing music down there and then my mom, of course, got me my first guitar and she helped me get lessons ... and the rest is history. We borrowed a neighbors red, white and blue Buck Owens acoustic guitar ... back in the day. I went to Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Q: Who are the other two members of King Daddy Polecats?
A: Mike Terrell is the drummer and lives here in Gainesville, Jonathan Peek lived up in Talmo and is the stand-up bass player. This band has been together for about three years and Jonathan and I have been playing together for about 10 or 12 years and then Mike and I and Jonathan started playing together four or five years ago.
Q: Where can local folks catch King Daddy Polecats in the spring and early summer?
A: May 1 we are back at AJ's and then there will be some more dates added then and ... we've got a date for the bike races on June 18.