Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
The Cellar Door in Georgetown had never gone in much for nostalgia. Beyond trotting out Mary Travers and Tom Rush on occasion, the M Street club has avoided booking throwbacks to the last two decades. After Sunday night's sterling performance by the Coasters, perhaps the Cellar Door should at least give the '50s a second look.
Resplendent in get-ups that looked like waiters' uniforms, the gentlemen who gave you "Charlie Brown," "Searchin'" and "Poison Ivy" delighted a modest turnout with exactly what they had come to hear. Twenty years after "Yakety Yak" sold 2 million copies, the Coasters are still at it.
At present, the group includes Ronnie Bright, the original Mr. Bass Man, and Earl Carroll, forever immortalized as Speedo when he appeared with the Cadillacs.
Happily, the Coasters show no interest in disco, or in passing themselves off as contemporary. Their act reflects simpler times, and it is full of humor and enthusiasm. Sunday's crowd saw a group enjoying its work, and that spirit was returned by the audience.
The Coasters' engagement closes this evening, and anyone in search of fine entertainment and a look at the man who asked, in low tones, "Why's everybody always pickin' on me?" is encouraged to attend.