WANT TO GO?
With the Daddy Rabbit Band and "Elvis"
WHERE: Across from Dow Chemical Plant, South Charleston
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30 (Starlighters at 9 p.m.)
TICKETS: Adults $5, children $2, children 5 and under free
INFO: 304-746-5552 or charlestonwvribfest.comCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Rodger Unger doesn't know if Ribfest knew exactly what it was getting when it booked The Starlighters. Unger is the drummer for the band, which shouldn't be confused with Joey Dee and the Starliters, a group best known for the early 1960s hit, "The Peppermint Twist."
These Starlighters also bear no resemblance to Marvin Berry and The Starlighters, the fictional band that played at The Enchantment Under the Sea dance in "Back to The Future" and gave a young Michael J. Fox the opportunity to mangle "Johnny B. Goode."
"No, no that's not us," Unger said, chuckling. "We're a tribute and show band."
The Parkersburg-based band performs Saturday night during the annual festival in South Charleston after "Elvis" at 7 p.m. and the Daddy Rabbit Band at 8 p.m.
Unger said the group started about eight years ago. It developed its style after watching other bands perform at festivals and fairs.
"We'd go to these things, and it was just boring." Unger sighed. "People would just stand around. The band would come out and say, 'We're going to play this song by . . . ' then do the song. Then they'd say, 'Now we're going to play this song by . . . '