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Retro Polatin rocks around Dover common

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Dover residents spent time outdoors on Tuesday evening, July 19, for installment of the Summer Concert Series on Dover Common. The Dover Cultural Council and Mass Cultural Council, which sponsor the series, brought some retro vibes to town on the evening, as Retro Polatin, a four piece ‘50s and ‘60s cover band, brought feel-good energy as they rocked around the clock.

Despite the warm weather, audiences came prepared with hats, picnic blankets and lawn chairs. Like any great cover band, Retro Polatin performed a little bit of everything. The best of the best ranged from the Beatles, the Beach Boys and Bobby Day to Elvis. A perfect family event, children took a break from playing lawn games and danced along to the beat of the band. 

Brad Nelson impressed audiences with keyboard solos and backup vocals. Funky arrangements on “Blue Suede Shoes” and modifications to classics on his Yamaha synth had everyone dancing. Lloyd Baron’s drum solos, including the well-known Hawaii Five-O drum fill, enthralled listeners. No one could resist toe tapping or head bobbing along when David Lee Polatin strummed his Gretsch guitar and sang backup. Influenced by Elvis Presley and Patsy Cline, Jill Goldman’s lead vocals soared in this well-suited style. 

Hearing “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “Blue Suede Shoes” was a treat for listeners as they were transported back in time to their favorite retro diners and dance halls. Named after David Lee Polatin, lead guitarist and back-up vocalist, Retro Polatin has been together over five years and performs all over New England. 

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