Willie Painter Band Brings Swing to Rooster's Wife
This year, try something different -- paint the town red for Valentine's Day.
The Rooster's Wife is teaming up with PineStraw to celebrate Valentine's Day with a dance featuring live music from the Willie Painter Band and a dessert bar created by the Bakehouse of Aberdeen.
"You are invited to put on your party shoes and make the most of it," says Janet Kenworthy of the Rooster's Wife.
Playing a mix of danceable blues with a nod towards swinging jazz and an eclectic selection of rock and pop tunes, the band consists of four veterans of the Triangle music scene.
Willie Painter (guitar) and Craig Dittmar (bass) were members of the Boomers, who played for over 20 years in the Triangle and eastern North Carolina. They have performed in the past with Lightnin' Wells and the Real Gone Cats. Currently they also play with the Pigz Brothers, Mike Hamer and the Rhinoceroses, and the Tommy G Experience. Painter wrote a monthly music column for the Urban Hiker from 1999 to 2004.
John Hanks (drums) currently plays with the N.C. Jazz Repertory Orchestra and the Gregg Gelb Swing Band and has performed with Mose Allison, Mary Lou Williams, the Swamis and many others. He has been a musician with the American Dance Festival for years, and teaches at Duke University, where he is a guest lecturer.
Bill Newton (saxophone, harmonica) is a founding member of two Triangle musical institutions: Becca and the Hi-Tones and Bill Newton's Big Blues Quartet. He has recorded with the Indigo Girls and Big Mama E and the Cool, among others.
Tickets are $20 and available on line at www.theroosterswife.org, with credit and debit card, or at the door with check or cash. The music starts at 8 p.m. at the corner of High and Blue in downtown Aberdeen.
The Rooster's Wife is a private nonprofit association organized to celebrate the performing arts in Aberdeen.
For further informatmion, visit the Web site www.theroosterswife.org, or call (910) 944-7502.
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