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home : community news : community news August 20, 2017

8/8/2017 4:57:00 PM
All-Stars shine for Markay's Second Anniversary bash
For the first time since the Markay Cultural Arts Center reopened its doors in August 2015, the group known as the Markay All-Stars hit the stage for a live performance on Saturday night, Aug. 5. The performance was part of the Markay’s second anniversary, and the evening also included a reverse raffle which gave away $5,000 in cash prizes. Pictured above is the Markay All-Stars group during its first set Saturday night. (Telegram Photo By Phillip Buffington)

For the first time since the Markay Cultural Arts Center reopened its doors in August 2015, the group known as the Markay All-Stars hit the stage for a live performance on Saturday night, Aug. 5. The performance was part of the Markay’s second anniversary, and the evening also included a reverse raffle which gave away $5,000 in cash prizes. Pictured above is the Markay All-Stars group during its first set Saturday night. (Telegram Photo By Phillip Buffington)


PHILLIP BUFFINGTON
Associate Editor


It has been two years since the Markay Cultural Arts Center opened its doors for live performances. Prior to that momentous occasion, a great deal of hard work, dedication and renovation took place over the course of nearly 20 years in order to make that dream a reality.

The Markay officially reopened on Aug. 1, 2015. That day saw numerous performances from within the newly-revived auditorium, including one from a group dubbed the Markay All-Stars. The group, consisting of several local musicians, was a big hit, but has not returned to perform at the venue since that day. However, to mark the second anniversary of the Markay's rebirth, the All-Stars once again took to the stage.

The Markay All-Stars' nine members: Susanna Blanton (vocals), Paul Hogue (trombone), Ryan Hurd (saxophone), John Lewis (drums and vocals), Richard Lewis (keyboard and vocals), Jordan Lombardo (bass), Kenny Valentine (vocals), Josh Willett (trumpet and vocals), and Bart Wiseman (guitar and vocals) drew a large crowd on the night of Saturday, Aug. 5. Aside from the performance itself, the night also included a reverse raffle which awarded five $100 prizes, four $250 prizes, two $500 prizes, and one grand prize of $2,500. Door prizes were also given out throughout the night and draft beer was available for purchase courtesy of the Sixth Sense Brewing Company.

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The show, which began at 7:30 p.m., included renditions of "Easy (Like Sunday Morning)" by The Commodores, "Tennessee Whiskey" by David Allan Coe, "It's Your Thing" by the Isley Brothers, and "Make Me Smile" by Chicago. Throughout the two sets, certain songs were chosen to highlight the individual talents of the Markay All-Stars, including the horn trio known as the "Apple Tower of Power" during the Chicago tune, and the bluesy crooning of Wiseman during his Chris Stapleton-inspired version of "Tennessee Whiskey."

As for the reverse raffle, the $100 winners were Janet Yoder, George Kitchen, Allen Malone, Cynthia Wallace and Emily Crabtree; the $250 winners were David Butt, Cortney and Mike Leach, Pete Bopp and Jodi High; the $500 winners were Sue Hughes and Ben Higgins; and the $2,500 winner was Barbara Brackman.

All proceeds from the reverse raffle tickets will benefit the operation of the Markay Cultural Arts Center.

The next scheduled event at the Markay is set for this Saturday, Aug. 12 when the movie "Leave Her to Heaven" will be shown at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. For more upcoming events, log onto markayjackson.org or check out the Markay Cultural Arts Center Facebook page.





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