Rocking the Docks with Vince Vance and the Valiants

Special to The Log
According to an online profile at “Vince Vance’s trademarks are both his Eraserhead-style hair (according to his website, the oversized pompadour-esque look was 18.865 inches high on its best day) and costumes.”

HarborWalk Village will welcome Louisiana Music Hall-of-Famer Vince Vance and the Valiants to their stage Saturday, July 20, at 7 p.m.

Vince Vance & The Valiants are a country pop/rock and roll group from New Orleans. The group is known primarily for the single "All I Want for Christmas Is You", which charted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts on six separate occasions. In 2005, Country Music Television proclaimed “All I Want for Christmas is You” the No. 6 Merriest Video of All Time.

He is also widely recognized for his single “I am New Orleans,” a song composed during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Vance’s career, however, spans a great deal further back than 2005. The band got its start more than 40 years ago.

“It seems almost impossible that I’ve done this with my life, 40 years of consistent shows,” Vance reflected. “Hopefully I handled it with some aplomb. Always gave ’em a smile. Always played a minute more instead of a minute less. Always been thankful and patient.”

Vance, whose given name is Andrew Franichevich Jr., was surprised in November 2010 at a “Louisiana Legends” fundraiser in New Orleans when he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame for his outstanding career.

Performances by Vince Vance and the Valiants are never short on New Orleans flavor — costumes, comical skits, and vaudeville flair make Vance’s shows unique and highly memorable.

"Vince brings a unique high energy Las Vegas style show like no other entertainer can deliver," said Jamie Marie Hall, director of Marketing and Events for HarborWalk Village.

"You can laugh and cry, enjoy it all and you will never forget the time you saw Vince Vance and the Valiants," the performer said.

Rock the Docks is a free public concert series that takes place every Saturday night on the harbor at 7 p.m.