PICK OF THE WEEK: There are some songs that never lose their popularity, such as "Under the Boardwalk," "Unchained Melody" and "Walk Like A Man."
"They're songs people have heard before. It's a trip down memory lane," said Jim Norris, one of the four members of the Convertibles. "It's real good dance music. We do a lot of jitterbug music, which I don't think people are exposed to in nightclubs anymore."
Formed two years ago, the band usually plays at Elwood's Rib House on U.S. 50 and Blue Marlin Drive in West Ocean City, which Mr. Norris owns, and also performs at private parties and organization functions. The Convertibles will be performing at Elwood's Friday and Saturday nights this month from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
"People come because they like the guys in the band," Mr. Norris said. "We really rock. A lot of oldies bands play it watered down, but we don't do that. We really rock and roll."
We try to cover (music for) all age groups," Mr. Norris said, adding that the audience includes a mixture of ages from people in their 20s to senior citizens.
In the band, he plays bass and sings. Other band members are Bill Short, tenor and also saxophone, keyboards and vocals; Oliver Downes, drums and vocals, and Kenny Jones, guitar and vocals. Every other weekend Michael Brookes joins the band as Motown front man.
GREEK FESTIVAL: if you are interested in ethnic foods and customs, visit the second annual Greek Festival, which continues from noon to 11 p.m. today at the Convention Center. Entertainment includes magic shows, puppet shows and Greek dances. Greek foods include rice pudding, honey-dipped pastries, lamb and stuffed grapevine leaves. Admission is $2 for adults and free for children under 12.
UPCOMING SHOWS: Shows planned at the Convention Center include country singer Garth Brooks, Wednesday, and singer Kenny Rogers, Aug. 14. Mr., Brooks will appear at 8 p.m., and tickets will be $18.50 and $21.50. Mr. Rogers will present two shows at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $23.50.
KARATE CHAMPIONSHIP: Karate fans won't want to miss the 1991 World Karate Championships at the Convention Center, Aug. 16-17. Teams and competitions from more than 15 countries will participate. The World Team Elimination will precede the main events Aug. 16 beginning at 7:30 p.m. On Aug. 17, The World Tournament Karate Championships will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., the Grand Championship matches will be held. Also planned are a trade exhibition both days offering supplies and services for the martial arts and other athletic activities. Call 749-7545.
IN THE FALL: It's still summer, but plans are under way for activities after Labor Day. Sunfest '91, Ocean City's popular fall festival, will be held Sept. 19-22 at the inlet. Events include a treasure hunt in the sand, old-fashioned bathing suit contest and kite festival. A variety of foods, desserts and beverages will be for sale and entertainment is planned. There is no admission charge. Call 289-2800.
On Oct. 4-5, the Bavarian Festival will be held at the Convention Center from 11:30 a.m. to midnight both days. Entertainment is scheduled and visitors will be invited to join in a sing-along and try schnitzels, wurst and beer. Admission is $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for students and senior citizens. Call 289-8314.
ENTERTAINMENT THIS WEEK: Cheers, tonight at the Ocean Club, 49th Street and the beach, and Tuesday through Aug. 18 at the Sheraton, 101st Street and Coastal Highway...First Class, tonight and tomorrow at the Sheraton, and Tuesday through next Sunday at the Ocean Club...King Pins, tomorrow at the Ocean Club...Comedians Connie and Charlie, Tuesdays through Saturdays on top of Giovanni's, 33rd Street and Coastal Highway...Tim Landers, Thursdays and Saturdays at the Wharf, 128th Street and Coastal Highway...Tom Larsen and the Looking for Trouble Blues Band, Sundays at Elwood's on Blue Marlin Drive in West Ocean City...Opposite Directions, every Wednesday and Thursday at Big Pecker's, 73rd Street and Coastal Highway.