By David Rogers. September 13, 2016. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Rumor has it that Elvis has been on tour in the Canadian Rockies and his usual late summer appearance in Blowing Rock is uncertain, but the show must go on. One of the most entertaining events of the year, Groovy Nights returns to Blowing Rock Country Club next week thanks to the tireless efforts of the Blowing Rock Community Foundation to raise money for college scholarships awarded to Blowing Rock-connected students.
The entire lineup of “acts” (and we use that term loosely!) was unavailable at press time, but Blowing Rock News has it on good authority that Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta are reprising their “Grease” (the musical) roles in singing, “You’re The One That I Want.” Also on the performance card: Bobby Bare bares his soul with “Tequila Sheila” and The Rolling Stones will come out of hibernation to perform “…a cover song.”
Billboards magazine also ran a story last week reporting that “Piece of My Heart” will see the bright lights of the BRCC stage, but the performer has not been confirmed. Janis Joplin’s Big Brother and the Holding Company brought to life perhaps the most famous recorded version in 1968, but it was Emma Franklin who laid down the original recording a year earlier. It’s also been recorded by the likes of Faith Hill, Melissa Etheridge, Beverly Knight, Sammy Hagar, Jenny Morris and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler — so which version comes to Blowing Rock next week is anybody’s guess at this point.
Groovy Nights is one of the most anticipated highlights of Community Service Days, hosted by Blowing Rock Country Cub and produced by Blowing Rock Community Foundation. Each year local personalities get in touch with their creative side to perform lip-synching “skits” to some of the music world’s greatest hits, sung by the industry’s greatest performers. The acts are often on the “bawdy” side, which adds to the fun and excitement because you just never know what surprises the performers have in store for the audience.
Community Foundation Days are spread out over the summer, this year included “Locals for Locals” at Bistro Roca restaurant on June 20th; Game Day on August 19th (lunch, plus bridge, mahjong, gin rummy, and other favorite table games); a golf tournament at BRCC (August 27th); Tennis Tournament (August 27th) and Groovy Nights.
Groovy Nights opens at BRCC on Sunday, September 18th, 7:00 pm, and features repeat performances on Tuesday, September 20th (7:30 pm) and Friday, September 23rd (7:30 pm). The cost is $35 per person (tax deductible), with all proceeds going to support the Blowing Rock Community Foundation’s causes: a college scholarship program for Blowing Rock-related students, as well as to fund grants to numerous local agencies and civic organizations every year.
Four years after Blowing Rock Community Foundation was founded in 1985, Blowing Rock Country Club took the fledgling organization under its wing, electing to join in its support of the Foundation’s special mission by dedicating Community Service Days Golf and Tennis tournatments as organization-focused fundraisers. Groovy Nights is now in its 8th year as an integral and entertaining part of this important series of Blowing Rock events.
SLIDESHOW OF “GROOVY NIGHTS” MEMORIES Through The Years By David Rogers for Blowing Rock News