Rocker is known for his mastery in the string instruments: He is also familiar with cello and electric bass. For his most recent endeavor, he included instruments such as the mandolin and ukulele, giving a unique sound to familiar tunes.
This will be his first time back to the music stage in a while, but he was in a theater not too long ago. Rocker recently performed in 16 Broadway performances of "Million Dollar Quartet."
"It was a hell of an experience," he said. "It's one of those things on the bucket list for a musician/entertainer."
Living in Laguna for the past 21 years, Rocker isn't a stranger to the Santa Ana music venue, which is just across Costa Mesa city limits on Harbor Boulevard.
"The Galaxy Theatre is a place I've played a lot," he said. "It's kind of my backyard. It's one of my favorite places to play."
However, he asserts it is a special performance.
"It's a rare occurrence," he said. "I'm not playing out live that often, maybe once a year or so."
The Galaxy Theatre, which last heard Lee Rocker in 2007, is looking forward to Saturday's show.
"He's performed here numerous times before," Galaxy publicist Leila Sadeghi said. "The show was very fun. People were hitting the dance floor and dancing to the old tunes from the Stray Cats that he played."
Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys, a rockabilly swing band opening for Rocker, couldn't be more excited to be followed by an icon.
"When I was a teenager in the early '80s and caught up in the excitement of the rockabilly revival that the Stray Cats ignited here in the U.S., I never dreamed that someday I'd be sharing the bill with any of them," Robert "Big Sandy" Williams wrote in an e-mail. "Here I find myself, 30 years later, playing with Lee Rocker one night and with another Stray Cat, Slim Jim Phantom, on the night before."
Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys are playing with Phantom on Friday night at the Brixton South Bay in Redondo Beach.
Rocker is planning to return to rockabilly with an album that will be released this summer.
Although the bassist grew up in New York, he's happy to perform for his Orange County fans.
"After this many years, Orange County is my home," Rocker said.
For more information about Rocker's show, visit http://www.galaxytheatre.com.