Friday, December 27, 2013

Sidebar: Lawrence Welk Theater and Museum


Photo: Lawrence Welk Theater and Museum--

Tucked back on 450 acres in northern San Diego County, the Welk Resort is but one of a chain of four posh vacation destinations. Amidst swirling streams of back-lit bubbles, Lawrence Welk conducted an array of bands throughout his musical career, including those with colorful names like Hotsy Totsy Boys and the Honolulu Fruit Gum Orchestra and became known for his light, rhythmic (read: danceable) melodies, often referred to as Chamange Music. He hosted his own televised weekly show, originally broadcasted from Venice Beach’s Aragon Ballroom, for more than 30 years. As rock n’ roll and rhythm and blues was gaining popularity over swing and jazz, an easy listening album he recorded in 1961 in a single take grabbed number 1 on the U.S. pop charts. A life sized bronze statue of the band master stands behind the Lawrence Welk Museum and Theater where the 2012 holiday show, "Drinkin' Singin' Swingin' Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!" runs through December 31, to be followed by Tony Award Winning "South Pacific" that will run from January 4th through March 17th.

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Tucked back on 450 acres in northern San Diego County, the Welk Resort is but one of a chain of four posh vacation destinations.


Amidst swirling streams of back-lit bubbles, Lawrence Welk conducted an array of bands throughout his musical career, including those with colorful names like Hotsy Totsy Boys and the Honolulu Fruit Gum Orchestra and became known for his light, rhythmic (read: danceable) melodies, often referred to as Chamange Music. He hosted his own televised weekly show, originally broadcasted from Venice Beach’s Aragon Ballroom, for more than 30 years. As rock n’ roll and rhythm and blues was gaining popularity over swing and jazz, an easy listening album he recorded in 1961 in a single take grabbed number 1 on the U.S. pop charts. A life sized bronze statue of the band master stands behind the Lawrence Welk Museum and Theater where the 2012 holiday show, "Drinkin' Singin' Swingin' Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!" runs through December 31, to be followed by Tony Award Winning "South Pacific" that will run from January 4th through March 17th.

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