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‘Bop til you drop’ music to be showcased June 27

‘The Reapers’ are coming to St. Clare Walker

Those who love the music of the 1950s and 60s won’t want to miss “Cyrus McCormick and The Reapers” in concert on Saturday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Clare Walker Middle School auditorium at Locust Hill. Once again the Middlesex Public Library is bringing a night of great music and a stroll down memory lane.

The first thing that strikes music lovers about The Reapers is the song list. The Reapers have perfected the a capella, finger poppin’ doo wop sounds of the 50s(Dion and the Belmonts, The Dell Vikings, The Five Satins), the raucous roadhouse rock ‘n roll of Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard and the ballads of crooners such as The Righteous Brothers and Sam Cooke.

“These songs have provided the soundtracks for movies, commercials and the lives of five generations,” said a program spokesperson. “No other music has enjoyed the popularity and the longevity of these songs. Virtually every age loves the top hits of the 50s and 60s.”

With five distinct lead vocalists The Reapers can carry not only the leads but also the intricate background harmonies that make the music so distinctive. Band members include L.R. Barnes (vocals, cowbell, and tambourine), Jay Maynard (bass), Randy Parker (saxophone and keyboard), Bob Bedinger (guitar, vocals), and Bob Lissenden (percussion). Brothers Clay (vocals) and Strat Butterworth(lead guitar, vocals) round out this exceptional band.

“If you remember the Shag, the Bop, the Twist, the Stroll, the Bristol Stomp and even a gator or two, this show is for you,” said the spokesperson. “Be there or be square.”

Tickets are on sale now at the Urbanna Library, Deltaville Library, Cyndy’s Bynn, River Birch Gifts, The Medicine Shoppe, Nauti Nell’s, Coffman’s, Twice Told Tales, and Something Different Country Store and Deli. Adult tickets are $10, and student tickets are $5. 

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Middlesex County Public Library. 

posted 06.17.2009

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