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Crowd rocks out to Ultimate Oldies
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It was the Ultimate Oldies rendition of “Hotel California” and the Don Felder/ Joe Walsh dueling guitars played by Jay Jewell, left, and Paul Hatton. At back right is band member Jessie Hanks along with drummer Josh Touchtor. - photo by SHEILA BURKE

The Park Theatre was nearing capacity last Friday night as the Ultimate Oldies rock ‘n roll show brought hits from the 1970s and ’80s to life. 

Periodically, the audience took to the floor dancing to hits ranging from “Play that Funky Music,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Walking on Sunshine,” to “Tin Roof Rusted.” Most all genres were represented during the two-hour show.

Twelve years ago, Ultimate Oldies started performing at benefits and then quickly began selling out shows almost every night. Currently, they tour the Southeastern United States. 

Jamie Harden, lead singer and director, said, “We do genres mostly from ’50s to ’80s. Also, we do an Elvis and a Christmas show. When people come to one show, they come back to another. It takes them back to when they were kids, and we always enjoy coming to McMinnville. The community here really receives us well.”

Fans can catch the Ultimate Oldies Christmas Show at Manchester Arts Center from Dec. 17–19. Harden wanted to take this opportunity to invite everyone to that performance where hits from Brenda Lee, Chuck Berry, and traditional holiday music can be heard.