Frank Sings Frank
Frank retired from the U.S. Marine Corps (as a full colonel) after serving over 37 years active duty in 2009. He’s been singing all his life and grew up highly influenced by the music of the 40’s,50’s and 60’s…Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole, and Ella Fitzgerald records were always playing in his home on Long Island. Frank is a self-taught Frank Sinatra aficionado, constantly studying and rehearsing Sinatra’s impressive musical body of work, and who has, over several decades, learned to sing (by heart) and perform over 385 of Sinatra’s hits.
America’s Sweethearts will be back this year performing at Annual World War II Weekend. The Sweethearts goal is to spread nostalgia, joy, and human connection through harmonies and music. Audiences will hear those great vintage songs with fresh ears when AMERICA’S SWEETHEARTS take the stage in their fresh and vibrant show!
Forecast is a men’s a cappella barbershop quartet that has been singing and entertaining audiences around the country since 2014.
Mike, Tyler, Travis, and Kevin come together from across North Carolina and Virginia to blend their 4 voices together into Forecast’s unique brand of vocal harmony.
Cole Ritter and The Night Owls
With a sound so nostalgic you’d swear you’ve heard them playing on a Sun Records album from the Golden Era, Cole Ritter and the Night Owls serve up a seamless blend of rockabilly, blues, swing, and vintage country that propels the listener into an entirely new sound space. Their rhythms rock in all the right ways, while the lyrics remind you of all the things you never knew you’d lost.
S.O.A.P – Spirit of the Airwaves Players
Formed by a group of WWII Weekend volunteers at the Mid Atlantic Air Museum in 2001, volunteer members work hard to make their ‘broadcasts’ both historically correct and entertaining. Authenticity is the aim of S.O.A.P: to perform the scripts as they were done originally-with the actual sound effects that were used in the Golden Age of Radio.
Alyssa loved to sing from an early age. Inspired by her Grandparents’ WWII military and USO service, she created “A Sentimental Journey” and “Andrew’s Sisters” style singing group that performed for Veterans for her Girl Scout Gold Award project in 2013. Alyssa then began a “solo career”, under the name Dawn O’Day, the original stage name of her Great Aunt, Anne Shirley and continued to sing for Veterans.
Alyssa has performed on the Homefront WRDG stage with S.O.A.P. since 2013, along with several duets with “Frank Sings Frank”. She performed the National Anthem and God Bless America for the first time at WWII Weekend in 2023.
Let’s Dance – The Orchestra
Let’s Dance The Orchestra, drawing again from local talent, both amateur and professional, Let’s Dance covers the big band era from its earliest days right up to the present. Since its inception, the band has performed at a variety of venues.
Let’s Dance The Orchestra plays the main hangar on Friday, 7:00PM-10:00PM (included with your admission ticket to WWII Weekend or come just to the dance, admission gate next to main hangar and museum office, $20.00. Admission sales for dance end at 8:00PM)
The Swing Fever Dance Band is a non-profit corporation whose purpose is to perform and encourage the enjoyment of big band music. Swinging since 1983, this 19-piece big band, complete with vocalists and an emcee, has been recreating the big band sound of the 1930’s and 1940’s and performing music selections that span over five decades. Swing Fever Dance Band offers quality music with an authentic big band sound.
Swing Fever Dance Band plays the main hangar on Saturday 7:00PM-10:00PM (included with your admission ticket to WWII Weekend, or come just to the dance, admission gate next to main hangar and museum office $20.00. Admission sales for dance end at 8:00PM)
Generations Big Band
Generations is a traditional big band with 16 instrumentalists and 2 vocalists. Covering a wide range of music from the Great American Songbook, including all of the styles that ballroom dancers enjoy plus a more than fifty original Frank Sinatra arrangements.
Playing the outside stage during dinner service on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Shawna is a dancer, choreographer, performer and teacher with over 25 years experience. She loves to share vintage social and solo dance styles and will be teaching a basic swing dance lesson at 6PM both Friday and Saturday nights in the hangar before the dance. She will be assisted by some of the Magnolia Sadies who share their USO-Style Foxhole Circuit performances throughout WWII Weekend.