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Rocka-Rolla and Village Tavern

To book Rocka-Rolla, call 651-222-2526 or email rschletty@schletty.com
  

About

Rocka-Rolla and Village Tavern at the Church of Saint Mary

Oldies Dance with live band playing Early Rock ‘n Roll and Polka music!

Past events:
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Saturday, March 1, 2014

6:00-9:00p.m.
Live, in Upson Hall (lower level)
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
261 East 8th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101

This is an “Oldies” Dance with a live band playing alternating sets of 50′s-60′s Rock-n-Roll and Old-Time Polka music! Dance, twist, shout, schottische, bunny hop, polka, waltz, toe-tap, hand-clap or just listen to the great oldies sounds of Rocka-Rolla / Village Tavern – featuring a lead singer from our very own SM parish – Richard Schletty! This is one great gathering you won’t want to miss. It’s surefire fun for the whole family! Snacks and refreshments provided.

Cost: $10/person or $25/family (3+)
For: Children and Adults

Stay tuned for future events!

Rocka-Rolla and Village Tavern took it to the street again on Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Minnesota Department of Nostalgic Rehabilitation relaesed the 2010 version of this throw-back 1960s/70s rcok n roll band to its public (both of them, if they show) on Saturday, August 28, at the almost-annual Hopkins Street Dance.  We did alternating sets of early classic rock songs (Beatles, Beach Boys, Johnny Rivers, The Coasters, Elvis, Chuck Berry, etc.) and old time polka music (very danceable).

Location: 140 20th Avenue South, Hopkins, MN, the Johnson Family Compound, a block off the intersection of Shady Oak Road and Excelsior (Co. Rd 3), adjacent to the Subway.  

Our 40+ year claim to fame is that we've never been evicted from a place for our performance.

Photos and videos:
http://www.richardschletty.com/rocka-rolla.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cctHm6rWOw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ETE169oXj8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC_Mm1wDAog
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwbfIi6Qn8Y

A Blast from the Past

Rocka-Rolla, Schletty's rock band comprised of college classmates (SJU '74), is among the alumni musical performers featured in "The Scene: Johnnie Rockers and Musicians" in Saint John’s University Magazine, Winter 2007. Here is the Rocka-Rolla sidebar from the St. John's Magazine story: RockaRollaArticle.pdf

At right: Original members of the "Rocka-Rolla" (50s-60s Rock-n-Roll) side of the music equation. Pictured L to R: John Kennedy (lead guitar), Todd Mueller (drums), Rich Schletty (lead singer) and Tom Johnson (keyboards and accordian). For the "Village Tavern" (old time polkas) flip side, Leon Schilmoeller does trumpet and Steve Kutcher provides bottom with tuba. Leon and Steve were not present at our September 2006 gig for St. Matthew's Parish in St. Paul. Also joining us at that Fall Festival street dance were Chris Stevens (bass), Jack Heitzinger (keyboard) and Mark Evans (guitar).

Above: Charter members of and guest perfomers for Rocka-Rolla and Village Tavern (7-28-07 at Leon and Jan's 30th wedding anniversary gathering). L to R: Steve Kutcher, Todd Mueller, Mark Evans, John Kennedy, Leon Schilmoeller, Pat Schatz, Richard Schletty, Steve Schatz, Tom Johnson
  

Gig History

St. Matthew's Fall Festival Outdoor Dances
September of 2006 and 2007 • Saint Matthew's Church • 490 Hall Ave., St. Paul, MN
See videos and stills below for evidence.

Pizza Shop No. 1
August of 2008 • Dodd Road near Smith Ave. • West St. Paul, MN
  

Videos

Rocka-Rolla/Village Tavern videos also posted at YouTube

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Posters and Floor Graphics

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