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Aug 24, 14 | 6:04 am
Model City Wrecking Crew to play September 12, 2014
Come out to welcome a new band, The Model City Wrecking Crew, on September 9, 2014. Line dancing will begin at 6:30 PM with the band starting at 7:00 PM. Admission is $5.00 per person.
Model City Wrecking Crew is a five-piece band from Kingsport, TN, that performs classic rock music. Band members include Lawson Garrett: Vocals; Joe Ball: Guitars, Vocals; Jimmy Dale: Keyboards; Dwight Brown: Bass Guitar, Vocals; and Gary McKinney: Drums, Percussion. Model City Wrecking Crew performs material from popular artists including Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eric Clapton, Bob Seger, The Eagles, James Taylor, and The Rolling Stones. Former members of the PF Flyers, Dwight, Joe, and Jimmy started the Model City Wrecking Crew in 2012.
Joe began playing guitar in grade school and played throughout high school and college. Although he enjoys Americana, Blues, Jazz, and contemporary Christian music, Joe is most interested in performing music of the late 60’s, 70’s, and early 80’s. Joe has played with local bands, The Full Grace Grifters and Armchair Kharma, and his musical influences include Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Larry Carlton, and Bonnie Raitt.
The Beatles' arrival in America sparked Dwight's interest in playing rock 'n' roll. Dwight is originally from Georgia, and his first band, Edifice Wrecks, continues to be a favorite in the northeast Georgia area. His college rock band Ravenstone is considered one of the “Godfathers of Athens Rock.”
Jimmy was classically trained on piano from age five. His musical influences include Leon Russell, George Harrison, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Chicago. Jimmy has played with local bands since 1980, including the popular Uptown Country Band.
Gary began playing drums before his teenage years. In middle school he loved soul music and just before his freshman year in high school he was introduced to Jimi Hendrix and Creedence Clearwater Revival. He has played in several bands since the early 70's playing mostly rock and boogie. After playing rock music early on he expanded his musical horizon to include jazz and his love of the blues. Some of Gary's musical influences include: John Bonham, Neal Peart, Charlie Watts, Lenny White, and none other than Mr Buddy Rich. Originally from Johnson City, TN he resides in Kingsport, TN with his wife Laurel.
Lawson hails from California and has been playing with groups across the US since an early age. While in New England he joined the critically acclaimed hard rock band TAZ in the 80's and played throughout the Northeast. He has played either as a solo act or leading bands of his own including Hard Monkeys, Peaces of Way, and The Hygienics. He has played local and regional venues including The Down Home in Johnson City, The Carter Fold, The Handlebar in Greeneville SC, Bele Chere in Asheville, NC and Bristol's Rhythm and Roots Reunion. Some of his influences include The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Little Feat, Pink Floyd and others. Lawson currently resides in The Model City.
We hope you will enjoy listening and dancing to the memorable music from the 60's and 70's performed by this group
Jul 07, 14 | 3:34 am
No JULY dance; August Dance will feature SHOOTER BAND on August 8, 2014
The August dance will feature SHOOTER band. Come out and welcome this group on FRIDAY evening, AUGUST 8, 2014. Line dancing will begin at 6:30 PM with the band starting at 7:00 PM. Admission is $5.00 per person.
SHOOTER 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 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.
Are you tired of hearing the music and not hearing the lyrics? With Shooter, you'll hear all of the song, the way it was meant to be heard. Their show is a hot mix of classic Country and classic Rock and we know you will enjoy not just the music, but, you'll end up singing along, because these are songs we all have grown up listening to and you'll be heading for the dance floor.
They offer some of the best three part harmonies you'll hear this side of Nashville. They will play a varied group of musical selections and genres that should satisfy everyone. Come out and enjoy the music and dancing!
May 11, 14 | 3:55 am
KIDS OUR AGE to play on June 13, 2014
Kids Our Age Band will play your favorite dance tunes on Friday, June 13, 2014. Line dancing will begin at 6:30 PM with the band starting at 7:00 PM. Admission is $5.00 per person.
Kids Our Age is one of the premier dance bands in the Tri-Cities. They have entertained audiences and dance groups all over Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia for over twenty years. David Riggs is the centerpiece of the group and lead vocalist/guitarist. James Lane is the talented keyboardist and Jim Philyaw is featured on drums. They will play a varied, pleasing mixture of beach music, classic rock, shag tunes, pop favorites and ballroom standards. This trio welcomes song or dance genre requests.
Put this date on your calendar for an enjoyable evening of listening and dancing.
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.
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