Classic rock singer to perform at Oildorado downtown street party

Classic rock icon Eddie Money will highlight the entertainment at October’s Taft Oildorado Days Diamond Jubilee celebration.

Money, who is best known for hits like “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise,” will headline the Oct. 21 downtown street party hosted by Oildorado Inc.

“We wanted to throw a party on Center Street that would attract a wide range of people,” said Oildorado President Eric Cooper. “Eddie Money is someone everybody has heard of, and his music is fun for all generations.”

Money burst onto the music scene in the late 1970s when he hooked up with legendary promoter Bill Graham.

His 1977 self-titled debut album went Platinum as did his second album – “Life for the Taking” – a year later.

Money was a frequent chart topper in 1982 with singles like “Shakin,” “Think I’m in Love,” and “Take a Little Bit.”

With another Platinum record and the advent of MTV and the music video, Money’s over-the-top narrative videos made him a household name.

In 1986, Money’s “Take Me Home Tonight” duet with Ronnie Spector reached No. 4 on the Billboard Top 100.

With more than 28 million records sold worldwide, Eddie Money’s trademark raspy, husky voice is easily recognized today.

His most recent release – “Gimme Some Water” – features Vince Gill and was one of the top downloads of 2008.

A year ago, Money’s musical autobiography titled “Two Tickets to Paradise – the Musical” debuted in New York and earned rave reviews. He plans to take the musical to Broadway.

He is a voracious entertainer with 61 performances over an eight-month period that began with a May 1 concert in Clearwater, Fla. and finishes with a two-night appearance Dec. 18-19 in Las Vegas. The tour includes a four-day “Two Tickets to Paradise: Cruise with Eddie Money.

Fifth and Center streets will be the focal point of the Oildorado street party, which will begin at 5 p.m. Money is scheduled to take the stage at 8 p.m.

Cooper said other entertainment is planned, along with a beer garden, food booths and other vendors.

Advance tickets at $5 each are on sale at the Taft Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, 400 Kern St.

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