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Music of 50s, 60s, 70s this Saturday in Urbanna

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 Members of the “Skipjack Band Featuring Doc & Dan” include, from left, Doc Hopkins (vocals, guitar), John Lemon (vocals, percussion, guitar), Dan Grantham (vocals, lead guitar), and Dale Ludie (bass).
The “Skipjack Band Featuring Doc & Dan” will play music from the 1950s, 60s and 70s from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, at Taber Park on Rappahannock Avenue in Urbanna.

It will be the final “Music Under the Stars” concert of 2009. Although there is no cost to attend, donations will be accepted.

“Music Under the Stars” is presented by the Special Events Committee of the Urbanna Business Association.

Bring chairs and blankets in case of chilly weather. “Sitting close to the stage will ensure that the audience will feel the warmth and enthusiasm of this group,” said a concert spokesperson.

The band will play music of “The Drifters,” Van Morrison, Jimmy Buffet, “Bee Gees,” “Eagles” and other classics of that period. “The smooth sounds of guitars and harmonious vocals are a surefire prescription for pleasant listening,” said the concert spokesperson.

“Skipjack” is an acoustic band that began as the “Doc and Dan Band” in 1999. They have played in both Virginia and North Carolina.

Members include Dan Grantham who has played guitar since he was 8 years old and first performed for his elementary school when he was in the 6th grade. Grantham is a vocalist and the lead guitarist.

John Lemon is a vocalist, percussionist, and guitarist who started playing drums for his father’s country music group when he was 11 years old.

Doc Hopkins is a vocalist and guitarist who started in 1968 with the “Dukays” in Baltimore, Md., and the “Mark V’s.” He has opened for such bands as “Smoky Robinson,” “Sonny and Cher” and other popular bands of the 60s and 70s.

Bass player Dale Ludie is from Yorktown and has played many years with many bands. He is the latest member to join the new “Skipjack Band.”

posted 10.14.2009

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