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Sven and the Ringo Brothers to rock Winder

POSTED: July 7, 2014 2:40 p.m.

Sven and the Ringo Brothers perform.

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The next concert in the Downtown Winder LIVE! music series on Friday will feature ‘70s hard rock group Sven and the Ringo Brothers, with a pre-show by the Star Academy twirlers.

The baton twirlers will begin their pre-show at 6:30 p.m. in the downtown Winder gazebo park, and Sven and the Ringo Brothers will take over at 7.

Sven, the lead guitarist of the rock band, said he has been playing with Jesse and Levi Ringo—bass guitarist and drummer respectively—for about a year and a half. The three hail from Dacula, where they went to school together.

For the past five or six years—since a friend who owned a recording studio “took (Sven) under his wing for a couple of years”—Sven has been recording bands and accumulating an inventory of studio equipment.

Sven will soon be opening a studio of his own, Dirt Romeo Productions, on the second floor of what used to be Mike and Val’s on the corner of Candler and Broad Streets.

At Friday’s concert the band will be providing “rock and roll at its finest,” Sven said.

The group will be covering songs by older artists such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Foreigner, as well as newer groups like The Raconteurs and The Darkness.

“Come on out and see the magic happen,” Sven said.

Before the band works its magic, the Star Academy twirlers will be performing for a pre-show.

The twirlers, coached by Debra Gilstrap, will be twirling to Disney music from “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Frozen,” as well as rock, pop and “good old-fashioned march music,” Gilstrap said.

The 30 or so twirlers, ages 4 to 20, will be performing a combination of group routines and solos, all choreographed by Gilstrap, who formerly owned the Dixie Twirlers Modern School of Dance for 23 years and has been teaching at Star Academy since she opened it in February 2013.

Gilstrap was also a competitive twirler for 56 years and currently directs Apalachee High School’s twirlers and flag line as well as Winder-Barrow High School’s majorettes.

“I’m very proud of (the twirlers) because most of these girls have only been twirling eight months, some of them nine months,” Gilstrap said.

She said the “Pirates of the Caribbean” music will feature a constructed ship, complete with pirate flag, water on the front and her boy twirler as the pirate.



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joemartinaud: July 9, 2014 5:44 a.m.

And I WAS looking forward to going to the Winder Friday night event! You get upset about a "demonic" pig mural, but it's okay to have a band that plays satanic music? Black Sabbath? Acid rock? I know there are better bands out there and the ONLY reason this one was chosen was because they plan on leasing a building until they go belly up in a few months!

svenlonesomemen: July 11, 2014 1:13 a.m.

Sven speaking, with all due respect maybe you should do your research before you judge. You do not know who we are and you clearly have no clue what bands like "Black Sabbath" sings about. Hopefully you will change your mind, come out and have a fun time with us. And as far as my business goes we will be around for a very long time.



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