Centralia Rollerdrome
Centralia, Washington

Some of the bands that rocked The Rollerdrome during those great years of NW music were:

The Beachcombers
Jimmy Clanton
The Corvettes
Fats Domino
Duane Eddy
The Hollywood Argyles
Buddy Knox
Liverpool Five
Lord Dent and the Invaders
The Renegades
The Statesmen
The Stingrays
The Ventures


The Beachcombers played there about six times around 1964/65.  I remember one gig we did there is December, 1964.  It started snowing that afternoon and never stopped.  We drove to Centralia in our van, did the setup and sound check.....and waited.  I think about 10 kids showed up so the owners cancelled the dance.  But we got paid.  So we got back in the van and went slippin' and slidin' down the road back to Aberdeen.  Ahhh, the good ol' days of Northwest rock n roll!

Stan Foreman, December 2004

The Lewis County band the “Renegades”  played many times at the Rollerdrome in the early sixties.  I also remember seeing  The Hollywood Argyles there with their hit “Alley Oop”. I remember dances at the Rollerdrome in the late Fifties with local rock n roller Steve Meridith. I wasn't old enough to get in, but on a hot summer night they would have a  screen door on the side of the building to let in a cool summer evening breeze.  As a grade schooler I would sit outside the Rollerdrome and watch the dance, and dig the rock n roll until ten o'clock, which was my summertime curfew.

Denny Murray, July 2006

If I remember correctly, the “Statesmen” played the Centralia Rollerdrome two times.  On one of those occasions, we shared the billing with the “Liverpool Five”.  It was the first time we had heard the group, and I must say, they made quite an impression on us. They definitely had a unique sound.  Their Pa System (with reverberation) was superior to anything we had ever heard.

Bill Dean, March 2011

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Last Update:  22 March 2011
Credits: Steve, Randy Johnson, Mike Merryman, Stan Foreman, Denny Murray, Shirley Ledgerwood, Bill Dean