Kit and the Kats

Kit and the Kats will bring the music of the ’50s and ’60s to life at 2 p.m. March 3, at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center.

The show is the third concert in the Antelope Valley Community Concert Association’s 71st season.

It stars singer, actress and recording artist Laura Ellis as Kit and singer Todd Honeycutt and singer/actor Travis Leland as The Kats. They are backed up by a four-piece band featuring John Rodby on piano, Scott Bramer on guitar, Courtney Kakebeen on bass and John Harvey on percussion.

“We’ve got a lot of fun music,” Ellis said in a telephone interview.

The show is packed with songs that span music from the late ’50s to the mid ’60s,  with selections that include Sam Cooke’s “Cupid,” The Beatles’ “I Saw Her Standing There,” Roy Orbison’s “Crying” and “A Teenager in Love” written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman.

The audience will be familiar with the music.

“I’ve never heard anyone say, ‘You know I didn’t know that one,” Ellis said. “It’s all stuff people know and remember.”

The show includes audio-visual enhancements to go along with the songs.

“There’s singing, there’s dancing, there’s comedy, It’s an experience,” she said.

Ellis has been performing the show for about six or seven years. She was inspired when she was on a road trip for another show. She listened to satellite radio channels that highlighted the music of the ’50s  and ’60s.

“I really enjoy that music,” she said.

Ellis grew up with the music. Her father had an impressive collection of 45 rpm singles. After he purchased a jukebox, Ellis said they listened to the music over and over again. After she heard the music again on the radio, she decided to make a show about it.

But she wanted to give the songs more context than what you might see in a “jukebox” review-type of show.

“I felt like people performing the songs didn’t really understand how important those songs were to the people that listened to them, originally,” Ellis said.

As part of her research, she interviewed her parents and their friends about what there favorites songs were and their memories of them.

“I created the show to hopefully remind people of the times when they heard the songs,” Ellis said. “So it’s, ‘We were at the dance, and the first kiss, and we’re in the car’ and all those kind of things that really give it more authenticity than some shows. So it’s kind of a love letter to my parents.”

Tickets cost $37 for adults and $33.30 for military, seniors 62 and older and youth 18 and younger.

For details visit www.lpac.org, or call 661-723-5950.

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