A Silver Haired Weekend with Tacos and Music Included

Real Estate Agent
Yesterday morning after posting about the really fun old fart’s birthday party in a Newcastle barn, I decided to make it a stay at home day. One where I'd be lounging in pajamas, soaking in memories recalled with friends the evening before.

I had just hopped back into bed when I receive a text from my kid, Jill. “Are you busy this afternoon,” she asks? “I could be,” I responded. The texts became a phone discussion revealing she had 2 tickets to The Drifters, and she wanted to know if I wanted to go. Sure, why not. I really had nothing to do but finish digesting tacos I had consumed at the party the night before.

The Drifters were a popular R&B/soul doo-wop group who got their start back in the 1950s. While getting dressed, I wondered, can any of them even be alive.

I went through my teen years loving Drifter tunes, “Up On the Roof” and “Under the Boardwalk.” So, I asked few questions, traded PJs for suitable dress. Not long after, we were on our way to the Harris Center in Folsom.

I wondered, how on Earth my daughter had come into possession of those tickets? As it turned out, the mother of her friend had held Folsom Concert Association season tickets. She had died. And, the daughter couldn’t (or didn’t want to) attend.

While finding our seats, I clearly noticed the crowd looked very similar to company I had kept the day before, at the 80th birthday party for Bonnie and Tim. They were mostly silver haired folks. Some shuffled with canes, walkers, etc. Yep, they were my generation alright.

As it turns out The Drifters group members have evolved with time. None of the originals were present. Most had passed. However, one singer disclosed he’d been with the group for 31 years. I had to smile when he asked if we enjoyed being able to understand the words they sang – Not like music today. And, he reminded they were wearing their pants up around their waist, instead of halfway down their butt, like some today. He was into calmer and easier times of the past.

I must say today’s Drifters (they don’t identify as a tribute group) gave an amazing performance. I suspect they were all in their 70s or 80s. And, they moved, danced and sang while singing all the old Drifter songs.

One of the fun parts of the evening came while they performed the old Fats Domino tune, “Let’s Twist Again.” When I fixed my gaze on the old timers in the audience, who were twisting and bumping in their seats, all I could see was a waving sea of silver bobble heads – row after row of them. . .And, yes, I was one of them!

Oh, if you’re wondering what we had for dinner last night, I had more tacos, found at Mas TacoBar at the Palladio in Folsom. Good stuff!

Here’s a link to the original Drifters singing “Save the Last Dance For Me.”

No video or photos were allowed during last night’s performance.

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Comments (29)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Myrl - while I saw this post as I quickly glanced at FB and saw this post, coming to AR I have the opportunity to read comments by Philip A. Raices as well as Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI which adds to the experience.  While I admit to being music-unaware, the excitement that comes forth is enjoyable.  

Mar 14, 2023 04:30 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Myrl,

Lucky You!! Your daughter Jill really scored when she got those tickets..what fun!! Loved the Drifter's and their music..you sure took us down memory lane with songs like "Up on the Roof" and "Under the Boardwalk." What a visual thinking of the crowd twisting and bumping in their seats to the old Fats Domino song "Let's Twist Again." Thanks for the link to "Save the Last Dance for Me." So glad you went, had a great time and shared with us! Lovely photo of you and Jill.

Mar 14, 2023 04:34 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Myrl... loved the original Drifters... can sing along to all their songs today. I'd have felt right at home with all the silver haired audience.  I remember being totally gob-smacked a week or so ago when it was the 60th anniversary of the Rolling Stones' first hit... I remember it like yesterday.

Mar 14, 2023 04:42 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How wonderful that you were able to enjoy that concert! Thank you for sharing. I loved listening to the Save the Last Dance for me song you linked to - I haven't heard that in quite a while!

Mar 14, 2023 04:52 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl the Drifters were one of my favorite groups when I was growing up.  And yes that is a lot of silver in the pictures.

Mar 14, 2023 02:36 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Charles Ross - (785)-819-6944 - It really was a fun relaxing evening.  I enjoyed every minute of it.

Michael Jacobs - I'm with you when it comes to those comments.  Very enlightening.  They add to the experience.

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - Watching the waves of silver haired heads twisting in their seats was priceless.

Mar 14, 2023 05:05 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Nina Hollander, Broker - It is mind blowing to realize how old some of these groups, and musicians are.  

Kat Palmiotti - That is one of my favorite songs too.  

George Souto - It was almost shocking to see that many silver haired folks in one place.  If they organized they could take on the world.

Mar 14, 2023 05:08 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I am glad you had a chance to see the Drifters.  It sounds like it was a very fun concert.  Any time you can dance in your seat, it's a win!

Mar 14, 2023 05:57 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Myrl, for sharing this special experience.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Mar 15, 2023 01:47 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Myrl, your experience - your daughter, the Drifters, and your love for Tacos seems to stay with me.  Your photos and the music comes in at a high vibrational frequency level -- very positive... As it made you and your daughter and the other atendees happy, it reaches me also and makes me happy.

Mar 16, 2023 12:56 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - What a fun mother-daughter night out.  Yes... I do remember the Drifters! 

Mar 17, 2023 09:24 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat - the close resemlance between mother and daughter in that photograph is remarkable, from the smile, dimples, eyes, to the same natural part of the hair! Jill is a you all over again! What a thoughtful daughter to ask you out for the Drifters Concert.

Growing up, I loved listening to the Drifters. Their songs had lyrics that were beautiful stories that people could sing to and enjoy. Very poetic too! 

Both "Up One the Roof, and "Under the Boardwalk," were easy listening and feel good songs where it was all, so easy to dream about what we wanted at that time in our lives. I would consider all the Drifters songs as classics and memorable. Even now, just thinking about where I was, who I was with, and how those two songs impacted my life holds very special memories. 

Mar 19, 2023 03:16 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Music, golden oldies bring back memories like nothing else Myrl Jeffcoat !

Mar 19, 2023 05:19 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Myrl  I was sad to read the post that most if not all the drifters have passed... that means I am knocking on heavens door:)Endre

Mar 19, 2023 09:10 PM
Nolan Woodfin
Greenville, FL
Sales manager

Cool story and a great way to spend a weekend, happy for you.  Age should never be a barrier to having a good time and making new memories. This story is a perfect example of why music is so important in people's lives, regardless of their age. Music has a way of connecting people and bringing them together, creating a shared experience that can be enjoyed by all. It can also evoke powerful emotions and memories that can be deeply meaningful and significant. If you want to learn more about the importance of music in people's lives, I would recommend checking out this source https://happyessays.com/the-importance-of-music-in-my-life-essay/, it's a great read and offers some valuable insights into why music is such a vital part of the human experience. I think it's wonderful that you were able to have a fun and memorable weekend, surrounded by good music and good company. It's a reminder that life is meant to be enjoyed, no matter what your age, and that there's always something new to discover and experience.


Mar 23, 2023 11:23 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Myrl.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Mar 27, 2023 08:39 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

What a great story.  You really know how to keep active and have a good time.

Mar 30, 2023 07:11 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

The Drifters were lucky to have you there Myrl Jeffcoat 

Mar 30, 2023 10:36 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, Myrl. Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Happy April Fool's Day.

Apr 01, 2023 08:56 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

This is rather a shaggy dog tale - my father went to West Point and his good friend and classmate was the ambassador from Bolivia in the late 1960s - my dad's friend had a son at St. Johns School in DC - it was a military Catholic school then - and he needed a date for a school dance - what better idea than to take his father's friend's daughter to the prom.  We didn't really know each other - the school is a pretty big school and the prom committee was able to get the Drifters as the band - pretty cool memories of a fun evening at least as far as the music goes. 

Apr 01, 2023 08:23 PM