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Big Band Sound In Your Hometown

Apr 06, 2017 10:59AM ● By Theresa Gilman

The SilverTones are, front row, from left Lynn Badrick, John Dearden, Ken Gross, John Foley, director MaryBeth Foley, former manager Fred Baldwin, Jim Sutton, Mike Petrishen, and Roland Jacobson; and, back row, George Kondos, Sue Current, Adam Reitz, Paul Just, Don Heathcock, BB Braxten, manager Barbara Flanagan, Angie Ortolano, Sheldon Chandler, Jim Harmon and John Hurley.

Bored on a Friday night? Want to listen to some terrific local musical talent, maybe kick up your heels a bit? Ever thought about learning how to foxtrot and jitterbug? (Talk about a great cardio workout!) Well, the SilverTones want you to know that you're invited to their next dance. 

The band performs every third Friday of each month, except July and August (and this year not June, while new floor is being replaced AGAIN) at 175 Chandler St. from 7-10 pm. For $10 pp admission, wonderful, mostly older music is played for listening and dancing, for adult singles and couples. The sets include not only fox trots, waltzes, and jitterbugs, but Latin, polkas, and even a few line dances! 

ALL are encouraged to come join the fun! Bring along your favorite snacks and beverages. There's a free ice cube machine onsite and a $1 soda machine. Cake, coffee and tea are served at served at 9. A door prize features a free ticket for 2 to any future dance, and there's also a 50/50 raffle.

The SilverTones are the Tewksbury Senior Center House Band, made up of 19 musicians and a vocalist: BB Braxton, who led the area Sweet Adeline's for 36 years. The director is MaryBeth Foley, of the Leite/Gouveia/Foley Greater Lowell musically-talented family. Their Big Band sound comes from trumpets, trombones, woodwinds, guitar, stand-up bass, drums, and keyboard.

Their next dance is April 21. Come join the fun! 
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