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Popular soul, blues band coming to Winder

POSTED: August 4, 2014 1:31 p.m.
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The Athens-based Common People band will play Friday in downtown Winder as part of the Downtown Live! concert series.

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The Common People Band, of Athens, will fill downtown Winder with soul and blues this Friday for the third concert in the Downtown Winder LIVE! Music Series.

The band has played at several past Winder events and is a “long-time favorite of Winder residents,” said Winder City Clerk and Interim Downtown Development Authority Director April Furman in a press release.

“Soon after the Winder LIVE! Music Series kicked off in June, I had several people approach me about bringing the Common People Band back to Winder,” Furman said in the release, adding that she hopes “this fun style of music will get people up and dancing!”

Willie Brown, sound technician for the Common People Band, said the group is excited about their upcoming Winder performance.

“If it doesn’t rain, we always put on a good show,” Brown said.

Incidentally, the last concert in the summer music series, featuring Sven and the Ringo Brothers, was indeed rained out—but the DDA voted to bring the hard rock band back in early October for an encore performance.

Barring rain for this Friday’s show, downtown Winder will see seven musicians perform high-energy R&B (rhythm and blues) tunes.

Brown said the Common People Band has been in show business for 25 years and has played “everywhere.”

The band has had up to 13 members at some points in its history, Brown said, but four of the current seven have been members for all two and a half decades. Brown also said that the band’s only current female member—Lashandra Burgess, who has been in the Common People Band for about three years—is the only female in the band’s entire history.

“She sings Etta James,” Brown said. “She does all the lady stuff—the songs about the women.”

The show will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Winder gazebo park on the corner of Broad and Candler Streets. Admission is free to the public.

“Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, friends and family,” Furman said in the press release. “Little Italy’s, Smokin’ Po Boys, Friends, Casey’s and other area restaurants will all be open that evening, so grab a bite to eat before or after the concert and come have a good time!”



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