Cruisin' The Coast Sock Hop - Louis Prime and the Witness

875 Beach Blvd, MS
888-566-7469 or 228-386-7111

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Cruisin’ The Coast with the classic car show’s official Sock Hop featuring Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses in the Beau Rivage Theatre. 

Born into an undeniable musical legacy, Louis Prima Jr. picks up the torch lit by his iconic father and leads his incarnation of The Witnesses headfirst into the future. Their seamless blend of hard driving big band jazz, insanely danceable swing and, at its core, real rock and roll has been wowing crowds worldwide for more than a decade. While the band most certainly Jumps, Jives, an’ Wails “Prima-style,” they are their own musical beast – thoroughly modern, laying down a blueprint for the future on the foundations of the past. Audiences will be treated to an evening of classics from the Louis Prima catalog, selections from LPJ& Co.’s two CDs (Return of the Wildest! And BLOW) and a healthy dose of sure-to-please surprises.

Equal parts bandleader and ringmaster, Prima Jr. brilliantly distills the finest elements of his father’s five-decade career through a contemporary filter, adding his own indelible stamp. “This is the happiest music on Earth,” Prima, Jr. said. “My father was rock n’ roll; Mozart was rock n’ roll. It’s a state of mind; I don’t think it’s a genre of music. It’s how aggressively do you play and do you play it like you mean it.” And The Witnesses mean it. From Passaic to Palermo and Seattle to Sicily, they’re bringing Prima music into the 21st century with new energy and attitude to match. It’s The Wildest Show this side of the 60s.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with Terry Mason’s Hot Rod Show, a Classic radio show-style set featuring hits from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, before Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses take the stage at 7 p.m. From 6 – 8 p.m., guests are invited to a Meet & Greet and Autograph Session with Courtney Hansen, Executive Producer and Host of Ride of Your Life and seen on Overhaulin’, PowerBlock, NASCAR, Barrett-Jackson and The Ride that Got Away; and Cristy Lee, Host of Celebrity IOU: Joyride on Discovery + and seen on Garage Squad, Barrett-Jackson LIVE and All Girls Garage. During the show, several specials will be offered including $7 Margaritas and Tito’s Lemonade.