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Classic cover groups to hit Dallas Theater’s stage
by Adam Elrod
September 10, 2013 05:07 PM | 1826 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the first time in about eight years, a Marietta-based cover group will be returning to Paulding County to perform.

The Sock Hops are scheduled for a Friday concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Dallas Theater in downtown Dallas.

The four-member male vocal group sings a variety of songs spanning the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, said Courtney Oliver, group founder and tenor singer.

“It has always been a dream of mine to do music that I grew up with,” Oliver said.

Members include Oliver and Ward Hiss, Scott Cruce and Jim Mitchell.

The men sing about 40 songs in the two-hour show, covering songs from such artists as the Temptations, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Buddy Holly and more.

“We sell memories,” Oliver said. “They [the audience] want to hear what they remember.”

Oliver founded the group in 1989 and it has served as the opening act for such famous groups as the Temptations and the Cadillacs. They perform about 45 times a year with the bulk of their gigs being class reunions, he said. Oliver said the people who attend the reunions like to hear songs from when they were in school. Oliver said he would like to build a new fan base in Paulding. Their audience tends to be those who grew up in the era of the music.

“We do have some young fans,” he said.

Dallas Theater Manager Emily Shipp said they are excited to host the Sock Hops for the first time.

“Their impeccable renditions of many of our favorite ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s hits are sure to have us entertained. No matter your age, you can’t help but get up on your feet with the list of classics the Sock Hops promise to deliver,” Shipp said.

Tickets for the event range from $14 to $16, and can be purchased at the theater box office or at

Dallas Theater is at 208 Main St. For more information about the show visit

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