JamesPopenhagen

Craig Westover with James Popenhagen

Performing Friday, February 1, 2019

Nearly 60 years later, “Runaway” remains Del Shannon’s signature single and his most influential song – a distinctive Number 1 hit that’s been covered by more than 200 artists and ranked among the greatest rock songs of all time.  James Popenhagen has been performing Del Shannon’s songs for 25 years.  He has a unique style that is true to Del’s own onstage performance.  Popenhagen’s grandfather Bob Popenhagen was in Shannon’s band for years.  Popenhagen is a self-taught musician who plays guitar, bass, piano and more.  He also has over 150 original songs, three solo albums and has worked on over 15 albums both as producer and musician.  He has performed with many artists including Brian Hyland, Tommy Roe and Frankie Ford.  Del Shannon’s only son Craig Westover, who is also Popenhagen’s manager, will be joining us at the Surf Ballroom this year.