Jerry Blavat to Celebrate Great Voices of 60s in Verizon Hall on Kimmel Center's Campus, 1/25
A venerable Philadelphia institution better known as "Boss with the Hot Sauce" and "Geator with the Heater," Jerry Blavat takes a walk down memory lane celebrating the Great Voices of the '60s with Philly native once teen idol turned "one of the most sought-after nightclub acts in the U.S.," Bobby Rydell, Eddie Holman, Jay Black, "An American Original," Gary U.S. Bonds, Pat Upton of Spiral Staircase, and Jay Siegel's Tokens on Saturday, January 25 at 8 p.m. in Verizon Hall.
Tickets are available from $41 to $100 at kimmelcenter.org, 215-893-1999, or at the KimMel Center Box Office located on Broad and Spruce streets, Philadelphia, Pa. (open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., later on performance evenings).
"The Geator is as much a part of Philadelphia's history as the Liberty Bell, Mummers and the Phanatic. I grew up listening to his music and congratulate him on an incredible fifty+ years in the business and thank him for all he does to promote Philadelphia and our music scene." - Mayor Michael Nutter
A cultural icon in Philadelphia, Jerry Blavat is well-known for his electrifying on-air personality and encyclopedic knowledge of music, writers and performers. With more than 45 years of radio experience, South Philadelphia's "Boss with the Hot Sauce" Jerry Blavat was the first DJ to play hits such as "Sherry" by the Four Seasons and "Twist and Shout" by the Isley Brothers on air in the Philadelphia region. Beginning in March 1965, Blavat produced and hosted the "Discophonic Scene" on WCAU-TV 10, featuring live performances, including The Supremes' only Philadelphia television appearance. In 1967, WIFL-TV 6 offered the Geator a daily show called "Jerry's Place," which was eventually syndicated coast-to-coast in 42 markets. Blavat began hosting "On the Air with the Geator" in 1992 and "Backstage with Jerry Blavat" in 1997. In 1998 he was one of the radio greats inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Since then, Blavat has appeared on the PBS fundraising event "DooWop 50" and "DooWop 51."