9/15/2011 - Dirty Dancing Festival rolls up the carpet in Lake Lure
by Jeff Fobes - Mountain XPress
ANOTHER AMAZING FESTIVAL HERE IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA!! THE DIRTY DANCING FESTIVAL BEGINS TODAY IN LAKE LURE, NORTH CAROLINA!! REMEMBER: Nobody puts Baby in a corner. And you should have the time of your life.
Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers
Thursday, September 15th, 2011 / 7:30pm
Where: The Foundation Performing Arts Center in Spindale, NC
*This event takes place in Spindale, about an 30 minute drive from the town of Lake Lure, where the rest of the festival's activities will take place.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bill Medley is a seminal figure in the history of American music. He is perhaps best known as half of the unmistakable duo, The Righteous Brothers, whose raw emotional rhythm and blues sound created the genre "blue-eyed soul". In the mid-1960's The Righteous Brothers became a fixture on Top Forty Radio with hits like You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin, Just Once in My Life, Rock and Roll Heaven, Unchained Melody, and (You're My) Soul and Inspiration, creating an ultra-dramatic take on Sixties pop romance.
In 1987, Bill Medley scored a monumental hit along with Jennifer Warnes on (I've Had) The Time of My Life for the film "Dirty Dancing." The song earned an Oscar, a Golden Globe, Video of The Year, and a Grammy. In 1990, The Righteous Brothers classic version of Unchained Melody appeared in the hit film "Ghost" and ran all the way up the billboard charts, introducing yet another new generation to the works of The Righteous Brothers.
Lakeside Screening at Morse Park Meadows (**NEW LOCATION!!**)
Friday Sept. 16th 2011 / 5:00-9:00pm
Where: Morse Park Meadows (See map below)
Bring a picnic dinner, some blankets and chairs and cuddle up to watch Dirty Dancing alongside the famous Lake Lure! This event was a blast last year and we can't wait to do it again! There will be food and beverages for sale onsite, please do not bring alcohol. This event is FREE but donations are appreciated.
Come around 5:00pm to park and find a spot for the movie which will start around 7:00pm.
Daytime Family Dance Festival
Saturday Sept. 17th 2011 / 10:00am-4:00pm
Where: Lake Lure's Morse Park
The Daytime Dance Festival will include a main stage with live entertainment, and Dance Lessons Tent with dance lessons all day. The National Watermelon Association will be onsite running a seed-spit competition and there will be a lake lift competition in the afternoon! There will also be food and craft vendors alongside a beer and wine garden!
Activities at the Daytime Family Dance Festival
Main Stage & Dance Floor
Live bands and dance performances all day!
Dance Lessons Pavilion
Enjoy open dance lessons all day just like in the movie! Salsa, mambo, and more!
Kellerman's Resort Games Area
Play games hosted by the National Watermelon Association and don't miss the Lake Lift Competition!
Lakeside Concert at Rumbling Bald Resort
Saturday Sept. 17th 2011 / 7:30-10:30pm
Where: Rumbling Bald Resort Lawn
Featured Live Music and Performers
To say "The Embers play Beach Music" is an understatement! After seventeen albums and numerous single releases, THE EMBERS are one of the most popular bands and one of the most active groups in the country boasting an average of three-hundred dates per year from Toronto to Florida, and westward to California and Hawaii!
Trudie Harris has been entertaining audiences throughout the southeast for years, charming them with her energetic on-stage charisma, and her warm and friendly interaction with the audience. Trudie will be singing hits from the movie "Dirty Dancing" and other popular songs of that era, along with selections from her new and exciting CD "Magic Sand". Trudie enjoys sharing her enthusiasm and...
The professional dancers of the Asheville Ballet along with dancers from their academy will be performing dances from the movie! They will also share some never-before-seen work from their upcoming season! It is sure to be an amazing day of dance.
CLAY BR OWN BAND
Shake your tailfeather to the authentic soulful sounds of this 50's/60's thythm and blues band. Clay Brown has been entertaining audiences with his powerfully rich vocals since 1967 and has perfomed with the likes of Bill Pinckney and the Original Drifters, Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, and Billy Scott and the Sugarbees. Clay Brown Band performed at last year's Dirty Dancing Festival Gala, and this year are back by popular demand for all to enjoy at the Daytime Family Dance Festival!
Billy Scott & the Party Prophets
Formerly known as, Billy Scott & The Prophets, this veteran music group is well known for such beach music classics as "I Got The Fever", "California", "Beach Trip", "Roll Around Rockin", "Rockin' Good Way", and the smash #1 hit song for 21 weeks on The Rhythm 'N Beach Top 40 Chart, "My Kind Of Girl", to name a few.
Billy Scott & The Party Prophets have been a main staple on the southeastern private party, festival, concert, corporate functions, night club and wedding circuit for over thirty years. In 1997 they opened for The Temptations at Blockbuster Pavilion in Charlotte, N.C. to a sold out crowd of 17,000. This award-winning 6-piece dance and show group plays a wide variety of music including beach, blues, Motown, retro, funk and oldies, and are in constant demand. Billy Scott has been inducted in the Beach Music Hall of Fame, The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, and has a room full of Cammy Awards to his credit. Billy Scott was awarded with three more Cammy Awards on November 11, 2001 at the Alabama Theater in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Billy's hit song "My Kind Of Girl" won Song of the Year, Ballad of the Year, and Billy Scott also took home the 2001 Male Vocalist of the Year award.
In the spring of 2003, Billy Scott received the Artist of the Decade Award from The Rhythm 'N Beach Top 40 Award Show. Billy's song "My Kind Of Girl" was also named the #2 Song of the Decade second only to The Bee Gees.
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