Silk E Smooth to bring in the new year
by Laura Nation-Atchison
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You can count on the members of dance band Silk E Smooth to deliver a New Year’s Eve of dance favorites through the decades at Pell City Center Dec. 31. The evening begins at 9 p.m. and continues through 1 a.m.
You can count on the members of dance band Silk E Smooth to deliver a New Year’s Eve of dance favorites through the decades at Pell City Center Dec. 31. The evening begins at 9 p.m. and continues through 1 a.m.
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Want to fill your New Year’s Eve with the music you grew up with, the music that made you smile and bring back memories in a really big way?

That’s the plan for Pell City Center’s New Year’s Eve bash with the Silk E Smooth Band of Atlanta and their collection of all-time favorites for ringing in the new year.

The music starts at 7 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m. and tickets are $20.

“The Silk E Smooth Band is one of the hottest Motown sounding bands, rhythm and blues and variety acts around,” said Kathy McCoy, artistic director for Pell City Center. “They are very well known for their high stepping energizing performance, and this incredible band has the unbelievable ability to cover decades of music, from the 40s to the present, including big band, classic soul, funk and the smooth Motown sound.”

Silk E Smooth’s outstanding rhythm section includes two dazzling horn players and the band includes exquisite male and female vocals, McCoy said.

“Their elegant performance brings just the right combination of style and substance,” she said. “This band’s concert will get your New Year’s Eve started right and keep it going strong, so come join us and rock in 2014.”

Light refreshments will be provided.

Silk E Smooth includes its own rhythm section along with hot horn players and a slate of vocalists who deliver for each and every tune.

“This is a band that brings a party atmosphere everyone will love,” McCoy said.

Lead vocalists for Silk E Smooth are JayCzee Conda, Panga Wilson and Wesley Baker, who is also a guitarist for the band.

Also among the Silk E Smooth talent are drummer Cerdic Water; trumpet player Solo Sims; saxophonist Didalious Hill; vocalists Michael Jenkins, Pete Tootson, Stanley Stevenson, Yvette Juran, Nettie Hudson, Dawn Horn and Sarah Jones; bass player, bag piper and ukulele player Romano Spinelli; bass player and acoustic guitarist Jesse Mitchell; trumpet player Lenny Buffer; and saxophonist Loyd Waston.

You may call Pell City Center for reservations at 205-338-1974 or visit the website at www.pellcitycenter.com.

The entertainment at Pell City Center continues with Three on a String Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. The threesome of Jerry Ryan, Bobby Horton and Brad Ryan bring along their own combination of humor and musical favorites from bluegrass and country along with some time tested classics.

Ryan will also perform his own “one man show,” showing off his talented feet as they take over on the drums, while his fingers work on the guitar. This performer also plays along on his harmonica and becomes a virtual four man band.

In March, the Voices of the South from the Central Alabama Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony perform March 23 at 2 p.m.

The ensemble brings along their long tradition of talent and keeping the vocal American art form alive and well.

This occasion includes an ice cream social for all ticket holders, which will be held in the lobby prior to the performance.

The Pell City Players return to the stage at Pell City Center April 3 through April 6 with the play “Dearly Departed,” another death-based comedy designed to entertain with its own brand of humor.

The setting is the South, and the dilemma that faces the dramatic Turpin family demonstrates how death in the South can have its own way of taking unexpected turns. The Turpins live deep in the Bible Belt and the occasion of their father’s funeral becomes overtaken with the family’s other ill-fated situations.

There’s financial ruin and meddling neighbors, a wife with fidelity issues all her own, along with some misdirected drinking and some misbehaving youngsters to toss the family into its own world of mismanaged misfits and mania.

Somehow, the family manages to get through the funeral and all that goes with it, and take its audience on a laughter filled journey.

The Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra performs one concert May 4 at 3 p.m. with its membership ranging in age from 15 to 80.

Based in Birmingham, the orchestra includes a long list of seasoned members and was formed in 1980.

Tickets are $15 for the performance.