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Tribute show to rock'n'roll greats

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February 16, 2017

Entertainment: Joe Piastrino will bring personalities including Elvis and Roy Orbison to life on Saturday.

Entertainer Joe Piastrino is set to bring to life the legends of Elvis, Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly in a performance at the Barooga Hotel this weekend.

Performing classic hits from the 1950s and 1960s, the Melbourne-based artist said it was an honour to portray the legends and keep their music alive in his Tribute to the Legends performance.

‘‘The show is about the main characters of Roy Orbison and Elvis and is a tribute to their legend,’’ Mr Piastrino said.

‘‘I also do a bit of Buddy Holly and the Drifters, there’s about 10 different characters I have.

‘‘Most of the time I put songs in the show that people have requested over the years and have asked me to record CDs for.

‘‘I want to play the ones that people really relate to, that they say ‘that was my dad’s favourite song’ or ‘that was the song my parents danced to at their wedding’.’’

Mr Piastrino said it was a fast-moving, energetic show which included a number of full costume changes for the characters.

‘‘I’ll also interact with the audience and if there’s time, we’ll do a rock ’n’ roll set where we usually get four or five people up on stage,’’ he said.

‘‘I love interacting with the audience, it just makes the night.’’

Mr Piastrino’s wife also helps out with the show, organising the backing music and sound so he can concentrate on the full performance.

He said he had been performing for about 10 years and the show evolved and developed all the time as he adds characters and acts.

Although Roy, Elvis and Buddy remain the main focus, he also channels other iconic performers such as Neil Diamond, the Belmonts — anything from the 1950s and 1960s.

●Joe Piastrino’s Tribute to the Legends is at the Barooga Hotel on Saturday, February 18. A two-course meal and show is $50, with meals served from 7pm and the performance starting at 8.30pm. To book, phone 58734340.

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