Hot rods rolled up in front of downtown Colorado Springs’ City Auditorium. Pinup girls primped to the hilt in heels, swing skirts, and heels poured in the front doors. Music could be heard booming with a big stand up bass inside. It was clear rockabilly was the order of the day.
The 3rd annual Rockabilly Expo showed what this scene is made of in the peak of fall weather, where a slight rain sprinkle didn’t seem to deter the diehards who came to experience the variety of offerings at the daylong event.
From parents who entered their kids in the Jr. Pinup Contest, to those who came to get some fresh body art from Infamous Ink Tattoo, or a new hairstyle from Kut-Ups onsite barbershop, there was something for everyone, even those who just wanted to hang out and enjoy the scene that embraces colorful, retro style and jumpin’ music.
I made a beeline for the vendors to check out the roomful of jewelry, knick-knacks, bath products, and snacks. I came across The Bomb N Belle, whose homemade bath products smelled so good, the pumpkin-spice bath bomb had to come home with me. Another vendor selling a wide array of vintage home décor from ashtrays to tiki mugs to toy cars told me they were basically selling everything her father had collected in the garage – and they’ll never run out of inventory because he can’t help buying more! He certainly had good taste!
Music from High Gear Daddies and Galactic Polecats rocked the big stage at the front of the room but the crowds really gathered when it was time for the pinup contest. 30 stylish beauties turned up to compete as Everywhere Elvis (an Elvis look-a-like of course) hosted the event and busted out a little Elvis music. Each pinup took the stage to do a runway walk and answer the question of what they would do for the rockabilly community if they won. In the end, three ladies were graced with a red sash and took home a goody bag of prizes. Miss Rockabilly Expo 2016, Miss Dottie Lucille, accessorized her Marilyn Monroe platinum curls and wiggle skirt with a big smile after winning her new title.
I had to show off a little rockabilly style of my own in the Voodoo Vixen Connie dress, which I got oodles of compliments on. I love it for its unique crisscross, peek-a-boo cut on the top and cute retro cat glasses print.
In the end, I got a good feel for what the Colorado rockabilly scene is made of and it was great to see so much enthusiasm for this blast from the past. Looking forward to doing it all over again next year!