Duncan Suzuki

Widgetized Section

Go to Admin » Appearance » Widgets » and move Gabfire Widget: Social into that MastheadOverlay zone

Jackson Park Concert Series kicks off June 27

PULASKI — The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley will kick off its Jackson Park Concert Series Friday, June 27, with music by The Billy Crawford Band.
The band, which will perform a mixture of oldies, blues and surf music, is slated to take the stage at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Donna Surber will sell food and drinks.
The annual concert series is sponsored by the Fine Arts Center and the Town of Pulaski. It is held in Jackson Park at the gazebo across the street from Pulaski Municipal Building on First Street.
Everyone is invited to bring blankets or chairs and enjoy the fun.
Crawford said he always looks forward to playing in downtown Pulaski. “It’s a beautiful area, and the people are kind and knowledgeable about the blues,” he added.
The Billy Crawford Band, which features Pulaski native Keith Chinault on drums and vocals, was formed in October 2002.
Crawford, a guitarist, had just come off the road traveling for five years with Deborah Coleman and the Thrillseekers. His travels as Coleman’s sideman took him around the world playing the blues and resulted in three CD’s recorded on the Blind Pig Blues label.
But after 300 concert dates a year for five years, covering many continents, Crawford was ready to head back home to Bristol, Tenn., and lead his own band.
Crawford has been called the “tone master” for his superb interpretation of the old style blues.
His sound is part B.B. King, T-Bone Walker, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, and, of course, Billy Crawford.
He has also fronted several other successful blues bands, most notably Little Chicago and Blues Hangover.
Chinault has been playing in local groups for the last 25 years.
Raised on today’s Classic Rock, he has played styles as varied as Led Zeppelin to Elvis. However, his real love is Texas and Chicago Blues.
Others joining Crawford on stage is Bill Smith on bass guitar. Smith, originally from Charlottesville, has been involved in the Virginia music scene for more than 30 years.
He is a sought-after session guy for many groups around the New River Valley. His steady playing keeps him in demand.
From Alexandria is Tammy Chinault on vocals. Having been compared to great Big Mama Thorton, Koko Taylor, and Lou Ann Barton, she has the natural strong “growl” for the tough blues, and the ability to hit the soft heart-felt notes when taking on the slow ballads.
Other musicians performing during this year’s Jackson Park Concert Series are:
•July 11: The Celtic and Appalachian sounds of the Celtibillies.
•July 18: The oldies rock of the Rockin’ Cruisers.
•Aug. 1: The big band sound of Old Pros.
•Aug. 15: The bluegrass Tennessee Borderline.

Comments

comments

Jackson Park Concert Series kicks off June 27

PULASKI — The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley will kick off its Jackson Park Concert Series Friday, June 27, with music by The Billy Crawford Band.
The band, which will perform a mixture of oldies, blues and surf music, is slated to take the stage at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Donna Surber will sell food and drinks.
The annual concert series is sponsored by the Fine Arts Center and the Town of Pulaski. It is held in Jackson Park at the gazebo across the street from Pulaski Municipal Building on First Street.
Everyone is invited to bring blankets or chairs and enjoy the fun.
Crawford said he always looks forward to playing in downtown Pulaski. “It’s a beautiful area, and the people are kind and knowledgeable about the blues,” he added.
The Billy Crawford Band, which features Pulaski native Keith Chinault on drums and vocals, was formed in October 2002.
Crawford, a guitarist, had just come off the road traveling for five years with Deborah Coleman and the Thrillseekers. His travels as Coleman’s sideman took him around the world playing the blues and resulted in three CD’s recorded on the Blind Pig Blues label.
But after 300 concert dates a year for five years, covering many continents, Crawford was ready to head back home to Bristol, Tenn., and lead his own band.
Crawford has been called the “tone master” for his superb interpretation of the old style blues.
His sound is part B.B. King, T-Bone Walker, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, and, of course, Billy Crawford.
He has also fronted several other successful blues bands, most notably Little Chicago and Blues Hangover.
Chinault has been playing in local groups for the last 25 years.
Raised on today’s Classic Rock, he has played styles as varied as Led Zeppelin to Elvis. However, his real love is Texas and Chicago Blues.
Others joining Crawford on stage is Bill Smith on bass guitar. Smith, originally from Charlottesville, has been involved in the Virginia music scene for more than 30 years.
He is a sought-after session guy for many groups around the New River Valley. His steady playing keeps him in demand.
From Alexandria is Tammy Chinault on vocals. Having been compared to great Big Mama Thorton, Koko Taylor, and Lou Ann Barton, she has the natural strong “growl” for the tough blues, and the ability to hit the soft heart-felt notes when taking on the slow ballads.
Other musicians performing during this year’s Jackson Park Concert Series are:
•July 11: The Celtic and Appalachian sounds of the Celtibillies.
•July 18: The oldies rock of the Rockin’ Cruisers.
•Aug. 1: The big band sound of Old Pros.
•Aug. 15: The bluegrass Tennessee Borderline.

Comments

comments

You must be logged in to post a comment Login