Johnny Rogers: History of Rock n’ Roll

Johnny Rogers was born in Chicago to parents who were from the southern states of Kentucky and Tennessee. His father was a radio personality in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s and crossed paths with some of the biggest legends of music history including Elvis, Hank Williams, George Jones and Conway Twitty, to mention a few.

When he was very young, his father gave him his first guitar. He had no interest in playing, until he heard Buddy Holly sing “Rave On.” From that moment, he knew what he wanted to be in life – someone like Buddy. He was self-taught and learned all styles of music. Rogers made his debut on stage at the Off Broadway Lounge and he was a big draw immediately. Rogers started his own band and show at age 21, and he continues to delight audiences around the country today.


Family Sock Hop

Surf Ballroom

Scheduled to appear: Johnny Rogers History of Rock Show 6:30 p.m. | Surf Ballroom & Museum Tickets: $10 in advance, $13 at the door | Youth 5 and under: Free Please note that this is a separate ticket from the Thursday-Saturday festival pass!