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‘Reapers’ to bring sounds of 50s & 60s to Middlesex

Cyrus McCormick and the Reapers

Get ready for a finger poppin’, foot stompin’ good time this Saturday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Clare Walker Middle School at Locust Hill when “Cyrus McCormick and the Reapers” take the stage. Those who remember the great sounds of Chuck Berry, The Drifters, Sam Cooke, and the Righteous Brothers should love this show.

The Reapers honed their skills in clubs and fraternity houses in the 1970s, and today, 35 years later, they continue to thrill audiences. Think Animal House and American Bandstand and you’ll have some idea of the Reapers’ song list. Virtually every age loves the top hits of the fifties and the sixties.

Come ready to sing along with five distinct lead vocalists. Audience participation is expected at a Reapers’ concert. Strat Butterworth (lead guitar, vocals) performs songs that are smooth and soulful (“You Don’t Know Me”) as well as rowdy tunes (“You Can’t Sit Down”). Clay Butterworth (vocals), “Mr. Hips,” will takes audiences down memory lane with his fantastic voice and gyrations.

Bob Bedinger (guitar, vocals), an original band member, has been breaking hearts for years when he sings songs like “Sea Cruise” and “Teenager in Love.” Other band members include L.R Barnes (vocals, cowbell, and tambourine), Jay Maynard (bass), Randy Parker (saxophone and keyboard), and Bob Lissenden (percussion).

The Reapers’ song list can include “All Shook Up,” “Blue Moon,” “Bring it on Home to Me,” “Devil with a Blue Dress,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Heat Wave,” “In the Still of the Night,” “Johnny B. Good,” “Last Kiss,” “Nadine,” “Peppermint Twist,” “Runaround Sue” and many more. 

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 students are $5. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Middlesex County Public Library. 

posted 06.24.2009

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