[seven-degrees] rocked April 1 — no fooling.
The annual Art Stars Awards included a short set by Lee Rocker, recipient of the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts' Visionary of the Year award, for his influence on the revival of rockabilly. Rocker's award was one of eight Art Stars Awards presented this year.
"Tonight we are honoring exceptional people and programs and awarding one-of-a-kind and much-coveted Louis Longi sculptures," said Lisa Mansour, chairwoman of the event.
"The Academy Awards may have their Oscars, we have our Louies."
Rocker's award was the first one presented.
"I have to begin by saying that when I received a call from the [alliance] that they wanted to give me the Visionary Award on April Fool's Day, I was a little suspicious," Rocker said. "With that said, I am happy and proud to receive this award. Our town's history is a history of art, music, theater, dance, creativity and innovation. Laguna Beach is a vibrant and world-class arts community.