Village People to show Bettendorf many ways to have a good time Saturday

Originally Posted Online: Aug. 27, 2014, 12:25 pm
Last Updated: Aug. 27, 2014, 6:05 pm
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By John Marx,

Who hasn't tripped the light fantastic to the disco tune "Y.M.C.A." at a wedding reception, athletic event or school dance?

If you have been to one of the above, now you can have your own live-and-up-close Y.M.C.A with the performers who made the song famous.

The Village People and ABBAFAB, an ABBA tribute band, will be the highlight acts at Rock the Levee, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, along the riverfront near the Isle of Capri Casino, Bettendorf. Tickets are $55 for general admission, $75 for VIP (includes chair seating).

The Village People, formed during disco's heyday of 1977, is known for its on-stage costumes depicting American cultural stereotypes, as well as the group's catchy tunes and suggestive lyrics. Their hits include "Macho Man," "Go West," "In the Navy," and its biggest hit, "Y.M.C.A." The group has sold nearly 100 million records worldwide and is a recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

ABBAFAB features vocalists Anne Davies, Chelsea Faulds, Scotty Pearson, Nick Davies and a lineup of stellar musicians. This multi-media production is a tribute to some of the greatest music produced in the 1970's and 1980's from the group ABBA, including monster hits such as "Waterloo,'' "Fernando,'' "Honey Honey'' and "Dancing Queen.''

Over the past few years, The Village People has performed a full schedule of concerts, festivals, universities, fairs and casinos throughout the United States and Canada. The Guinness World Records book certified its Sun Bowl appearance on Dec. 31, 2008, as the world's largest Y.M.C.A. dance with more than 40,000 fans "doing the Y.M.C.A. moves" while the group performed.

The group has evolved through the years, with Jim Newman replacing Jeff Olson as the Cowboy and Bill Whitefield taking over the Construction Worker from David Hodo. They share the stage with longtime members Felipe Rose (1980), Alex Briley (1980), and Ray Simpson (1980) as full-time band members.

For Saturday, lawn chairs are suggested as seating will not be provided for general admission. To order tickets, go to

** What: Rock the Levee: Featuring Village People with Opening Act ABBAFab 

** When:  Saturday, August 30 7:30 p.m.
** Where: On the levee at the Isle of Capri casino, Bettendorf.
** Tickets: Are  Tickets are only $55 for General Admission, $75 for VIP (includes chair seating). Check  to order tickets.

** Lawn chairs are suggested as seating will not be provided.


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