Spirit of Soul Dance Band pays tribute to Northeast State with 50 years of music

The Northeast State Community College Hot Nights, Cool Music summer concert series wraps up on a scorching hot note when the Spirit of Soul Dance Band pays tribute to the College’s 50th anniversary with music from 1966 to the present.

Spirit of Soul takes the stage July 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts Center Theater at the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Admission is free and open to the public. The performance celebrates Northeast State’s 50th Anniversary with music from the 1960s up to the present. Audience members should bring their dancing shoes!

The eleven-piece Spirit of Soul Dance Band has quickly become one of the area’s most popular bands, with its incredible ability to cover the best in dance music.

The Spirit of Soul Dance Band is composed of professionals and accomplished musicians who perform the best music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, along with soulful sophistication and utmost versatility. Enjoy music from five decades of music including classic Soul, smooth R&B, Disco, Beach Music and Shag.

The Spirit of Soul Dance Band.
The Spirit of Soul Dance Band

Jeff Williams is lead singer with a long history of vocal accomplishments. Robin Williams, Jeff’s wife is one of the band’s two female vocalists. She spent time in musical theater and later toured the Southeast with a Dinner Show Band. Robin also takes lead on many of our songs.

Mary Duke McCartt adds her sweet harmonies and leads to the group.  Chuck Gordon and Bill Derby both play lead and rhythm guitars and have played music together since age 15. Over the years Chuck studied jazz guitar and theory, and Bill played and toured with numerous bands while in the service.  Howard Bloom the group’s bass player, brings his talent that is so important to the R&B, Soul and Beach Music sound. Sam Huddleston, playing tenor sax, has played and toured with several soul bands from the late 60s.

Melanie Aldridge brings to the horn section a strong trumpet, along with flute and background vocals.  Norman Gray plays a soulful trumpet putting out pure sound that completes the brass section. Norman has a long background in music, playing with many brass ensembles and the community concert bands. Don Nickell brings many years of experience to the band since picking up a pair of drumsticks at age 15. Don’s music experience includes years of playing Rock n’ Roll, Southern Rock and Rhythm and Blues. Fred Goodwin, the group’s keyboard artist, started his music career at age 13 and has played with many groups including Wilson Pickett, Clarence Carter, John Denver, Glen Miller, and B.B. King.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the WRCPA Theater. For more information visit www.northeaststate.edu or contact 423.279.7669.

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