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Apr 12, 14 | 11:34 am
Patty Quarles Trio to play on May 9, 2014
Come out to celebrate Spring and to welcome The Patti Quarles Trio, on May 9, 2014. Line dancing will begin at 6:30 PM with the band starting at 7:00 PM. Admission is $5.00 per person.
The Patti Quarles Trio blends Sinatra style vocals with keyboards, saxophone and drums. But also included is a varied mix of classic rock, rock and roll, and ballroom standards.
Patti Quarles is a keyboardist, vocalist, and songwriter who has lived in the Kingsport, TN Area for fifteen years. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Patti grew up in the Tidewater area of Virginia. Patti studied music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, England, the North Carolina School of the Arts, and under the direction of Clifford Herzer, a student of Rosanna Levine ~ Julliard School of Music.
Patti has performed on several South Carolina television shows and donated her talents to the March of Dimes and Cancer Research Benefits, Arts Councils, United Way, Christian Women's Club, Women's Symphony Ball, schools and nursing homes. She also accompanies middle and high school choirs, and Gospel artists including Carla Karst of Billy Graham and Franklin Graham Crusades, and Starla Harbin of Dr. Charles Stanley Ministries. She has also been the pianist for Kingsport's Liberty Celebration held at the Eastman Center. Patti has recorded two original CD's entitled "I'll Witness For Christ" and “Brokenness”. She has served as pianist for Abingdon's Highlands Fellowship and several Tri-Cities area churches. Patti performs for a variety of engagements including weddings, country club receptions, civic functions and churches.
Tony Rominger, the second member of this trio is a very talented musician and vocalist. He plays the saxophone, electronic flute, and harmonica. He loves to get down with blues and jazz., but complements the keyboard stylings of Patti extremely well.
Jon Lawniczak contributes his mastery of percussion and drums to the group. Jon began his drumming career in Detroit playing for cutting-edge rock bands, TRAINABLE, IT PLAY, and the LAYABOUTS. Since moving to Kingsport TN, he has also played with the HASBEENS, Brim Leal, and BIG BAND THEORY.
Pull out your smooth-bottomed shoes and get ready for a pleasant evening of good music and dancing.
Mar 16, 14 | 9:24 am
Dance to the Billy Crawford Band on April 11, 2014
The April dance, sponsored by Friends of the Kingsport Senior Center, will feature an inaugural performance by the BILLY CRAWFORD BAND on Friday evening, April 11, 2014. Line dancing will begin at 6:30 PM with the band starting at 7:00 PM. Admission is $5.00 per person.
Billy Crawford is one of East Tennesse's premier blues guitarists, joined by Jay Corder on saxophone, Rex Boggs on vocals and guitar, Robert McClain on bass, and Keith Chinault on Drums and vocals. Crawford's five-man band scintillates with a seasoned sound that's part Delta, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis and British blues. They rock. They roll. "Blues and rock,"Crawford said. "We do the Dick Dale surf rock."
Crawford led his own surf rock band, The Thunderheads, from 2007 until about 2010. "You'll hear everything from Robert Johnson through Dick Dale to Cream," he said. "I've played it all. I love the American stuff and I love the British stuff."
That love of music began in church. That's where he first picked up and played a guitar in public. His first guitar was a blue light special six-stringer from K-Mart. A few years later, Crawford burrowed deep into his wallet for a real axe. "A Gibson Les Paul gold top," he said. "Got it at Morrell's for $600 in 1982. The first blues song I learned to play was probably 'Pride and Joy' by Stevie Ray Vaughan."
Ten years later, Crawford started a decade of touring the world playing the blues. His break came as a member of Grammy-nominated Deborah Coleman's band. "That was 280 days per year." Crawford said. "I recorded four albums with her. We toured in 22 countries. That's the life I wanted, and it was great."
Life changed when Crawford's son was born in 2003. He happily left the road and found a job. But he didn't quit music. Several bands later, including The Backtalkers, Crawford formed his latest group in August, 2012.
Pay attention as Crawford plays. From time to time entrenchment happens, he zones out and the world ceases to exist as he and his guitar meld into one.
Come out to dance to blues rock, 60's rock, and surf music. These rhythms are particularly suited to Slow dance, West Coast Swing and Shag. Or just come to listen to a premier blues guitarist and his band. Since main floor sitting space may be at a premium, if you are coming primarily to listen, feel free to sit in the balcony for a good view of the band and dance floor.
Mar 04, 14 | 12:16 am
LIMITED EDITION to play on March 14, 2014
The March dance, sponsored by Friends of the Kingsport Senior Center, will feature LIMITED EDITION band on Friday evening, March 14, 2014. Line dancing will begin at 6:30 PM with the band starting at 7:00 PM. Admission is $5.00 per person.
Limited Edition has performed for audiences of all ages for over 30 years. Bruce Rush sings and plays the keyboard while Bink Rush plays guitar and occasional banjo. They are often joined by other vocalists and musicians.
Using the latest digital audio and synthesizer technology, the band plays a large variety of styles to suit very diverse musical tastes. "Something for Everyone". Although the music is especially selected for dancing, Limited Edition recognizes that a dance is primarily a social event. With that in mind, the PA system and amps are set to create a full sound for dancing, while, at the same time, adjusted to a comfortable volume to allow people to hear and carry on a conversation throughout the venue.
Limited Edition believes the most important part of any dance or social event is THE AUDIENCE. It is YOUR PARTY !!
Join your friends at the Renaissance Center in Kingsport on March 14th.
Jan 02, 14 | 1:38 am
SHOOTER BAND at the Renaissance Center on January 10, 2014
The January dance at THE RENAISSANCE CENTER will feature SHOOTER band. Come out and welcome this group on January 10, 2014. Line dancing will begin at 6:30 PM with the band starting at 7:00 PM. Admission is $5.00 per person.
The band is made up of a three member core that has been playing together for decades. Two brothers, Frank and Wes Perry and their childhood friend, Ken Dugger make up the front three. Add Jack Dunham on Keys and additional vocals and the backbone of the band, Johnny Ball on more vocals and percussion and you have one of the strongest country / rock bands in the East Tennessee Area. Three part harmony is their strongest feature. They will play a varied group of musical selections and genres that should satisfy everyone. Come out and enjoy the music and dancing!
THE RENAISSANCE CENTER is located at 1200 E. Center Street, Kingsport, TN.
Dec 14, 13 | 4:36 am
New Years Eve Dinner Dance at St Dominics
Friends of Kingsport Senior Center will hold its 4th annual New Year's Eve Dinner/Dance at St. Dominics Parish Life Center. KIDS OUR age will provide the music for this dance. Please see the newsletter for further details and ticket information -- reservations are required.
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