Groove Line to kick-off Jackson Park Concert Series on Friday, June 29 in Pulaski
The Jackson Park Concert Series starts Friday, June 29 in Jackson Park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a free concert by Groove Line. Bring your chairs, blankets and enjoy music in the park, which is located at 42 1st St. in Pulaski. Food will be provided by Donna Surber, and homemade ice cream will be made by Bolt Milling Company using a hit-and-miss John Deere Engine.
Groove Line is a hot new band that takes you through the past with the music from Stax Records, Atlantic Records, Motown Records and T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philly). The band came to this selection of music because they want to keep the memories alive of hearing on the radio Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Joe Tex, Temptations, and O’Jays, to name a few!
Lead vocalist Michael Payne has performed off and on with his group Heat of the Night in Las Vegas, Nev., where he turned audiences on with his five-octave voice and his personality big enough to envelop an arena. Marc Baskind, on guitar and vocals, was raised in the heart of the Mississippi Delta (Greenville) and was influenced by jazz, blues, and classics. He teaches at Hayden Music in Roanoke.
On drums is Kelly Gravely, a 30-year veteran drummer who has played with Victor Wooten, Lenny Marcus, Bernard Harrison and several other regional and local bands. He never stops drumming! On bass is John Yates, a veteran, well-seasoned and popular bass player. He can be found playing with Caravan, the Blue Ridge Trombone Ensemble, two acoustic jazz trios and a country band in which he shines as a guitar player.
Upcoming concerts in the series include performances by Southern Nights on Friday, July 13; Clinton Collins and the Creekboys on July 27; Windfall on Aug. 10; and the Java Brothers on Aug. 24.
– Submitted by the Fine Arts Center of the New River Valley
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