As far as the entertainment goes, the Minnesota Street Rod Association's Back to the '50s Bash has a faulty timing belt. The Trashmen and the Castaways are not the breeders of rock 'n' roll, but rather the younger brothers who, a decade later, tied a bottle rocket to a good idea and blasted it up the charts. The two bands performing at the auto show are the stuff of legends—rag-tag local boys who made it big thanks to a little bit of luck, a lung-full of the heathen spirit, and some damn good songs. The Trashmen's "Surfin' Bird" pa-pa-mow-ed itself to the feet of generations, who danced to the original and then to famous covers by the Ramones, the Cramps, and others. Likewise, the Castaways, whose song "Liar Liar" sold a million copies, have been featured in the soundtracks for Good Morning, Vietnam and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and continue to impress music lovers young and old.
Sat., June 20, 6:30 p.m., 2009