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Pine Island Post 136 Presents

 



 

Colleen and Ray LoRae

Just the Two of Us" featuring the talented Colleen and Ray LoRae specializes in music for the Baby Boomers. Performing a wide variety of hits from the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, standards, doo-wop, ballads, country and pop.

Ray and Colleen believe that music has a magical way of touching hearts and bringing memories to life again. They love singing songs that bring back memories of a couple's first date, their first kiss, their senior prom or their wedding song.  There is nothing like singing the perfect song and watching the stars twinkle in the eyes of a couple dancing cheek to cheek and falling in love all over again

 



 

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THE CLASSIX BAND

The Classix have been performing those dance hits from the 50's to the 80's in SWFL for over four years. Our play list including the Golden Oldies, Rock & Roll, Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Motown, Blues, Soul and Disco. Come down to Pine Island American Legion,  And Enjoy Our Music Just For You.

TheClassix will take you on a musical journey back to the earlier years with some of the greatest dance songs from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.

Since 2010 this 100% live five piece band from SWFL have been covering those Golden Oldies, Motown, R&B, Rockabilly, Doo Wop, Surfin’, British Invasion, Classic Rock and more. Whether you like to slow dance, Jitter Bug, Swing, Cha-Cha, Fox Trot, Twist, Waltz or any of those other dance craze styles, you will be on the dance floor.

Your musical voyage will include songs from Elvis, Orbison, Charles, Ronstadt, Platters, Drifters, Temptations, Vandalia’s, Shirelles, Berry, Valens, Beach Boys, early Beatles & Stones, CCR, Seger and much, much, more.

Listen, sing, and dance to your favorite tunes performed by the musically and vocally talented members: Angie, Jim, Dave, Sparky and Todd.

 

 



 

GARY AND KERRI

Gary Ray Harvey, born and raised in Amarillo, Texas has played guitar with a variety of artists including Jim Morris and the Big Bamboo Band, The Platters, The Coasters, Jimmy Collins and he has performed at Farm Aid with Willie Nelson. Gary, as lead guitar player, could be heard and seen in the music video for the hit single “I Love Texas” in 1991. Gary has written and performed many original songs including “911,” his heartfelt reaction to the catastrophe on September 11, 2001, which received global acclaim.  Through radio play and broadcast interviews, Gary has developed a loyal and dedicated fan base, which has only grown since joining forces with Kerri. Gary has performed in forty two states and over twenty-five countries during the past twenty-five years. 

 Kerri Lynn, a Florida transplant from New Jersey, started her singing career in her church’s choir and has since catapulted into the top 40 scene. While singing backup for Rod Stewart,  performing the National Anthem for thousands in packed arenas, she still found the time to perform with various local & regional variety/show bands. Her four year career with Gary has allowed her to further develop herself as a singer.  With diverse vocal ability, she can be heard singing anything from Patsy Cline to Melissa Etheridge as well as the multitude of original songs that she and Gary have written.

 Gary and Kerri started out performing mainly in Southwest Florida, but their talent and determination have taken them on a whirlwind of public and corporate performances throughout the United States. Gary & Kerri are the perfect duo for fairs/festivals, private events, corporate functions or virtually any other event. 

 In November, 2007 the two answered a request to enter "Can You Duet," a contest hosted by CMT in association with "American Idol" producers. In December, 2007 they produced a dvd and submitted it to the California office, in return, Gary and Kerri were invited to come audition live in Nashville, TN.

As of September, 2008, Gary & Kerri have recorded "911 / National Anthem," "Live At The Southwick Inn" and "Nice to Meet You," and now thier most recent single "Ain't No Doubt". 

Today they have well over 2500 performances together as a dynamic duo.

 



 

Buckin’ Wild Band

This 5 piece super group of seasoned musicians was formed around the powerhouse vocals of Nashville Recording Artist Scott Utley and Female vocalist Julie Weiss, who together create an undeniable pitch perfect harmony blend. Buckin’ Wild delivers a style of music that is a brew of good ‘ole Roots Country and Southern Rock generating a true Outlaw Country and Honky Tonk sound.

  1. Vito Ameruoso worked 40 years as a pro musician, singer & songwriter with his brothers, managed by Billy Joel & Frank Weber.  Produced by Julian Lennon, propaganda films, Jay Black of the Americans, Tommy James, Lamar Thomas, Eddie Van Halen, Dweezil Zappa etc.
  2. Achieved Gold and Platinum hit records over 10 Million sold in the U K and state side, landed on the #19 spot on the top 20 billboard charts to their credits.
  3. Toured as a national act with others names such as , Joan Jett, John Waite, Kansas, Zebra, Stryper, Poison Sam Kinison, Jay Black, Tommy James, Frankie Valli etc. Performed for the Russian Navy at fleet week in Manhattan aboard the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier!
  4. Appearing regularly on tv's, Mtv, Julio Eglesias, Joe franklin, Mtv N Y Music awards, Rodney Danger Fields.
  5. Vito holds an engineering and music theory degree from ATRI owns a recording studio and with studio musicians.
  6. Vito sang with the Miami symphony Orchestra for the PBS tv network. He had achieve the top 10 status across the nation against 27,700 other vocalist, judged by Celine Dion, John Legend & Steve Perry in 2015.
  7. Vito sang for The voice and Americas got talent tv shows now travels as the duo Tat2, providing entertainment to all venues such as clubs, cruises, concert series, hotels & casinos, corp. V.I.P. Duo for Orlando Magic basketball team performing regularly at the Amway center monthly.

 



 

Lonza Bartlett

Lonza Bartlett wasn't even born when The Platters and lead singer Tony Williams belted out some of their greatest hits, such as "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "The Great Pretender" and "Only You (and You Alone)" for the first time, but Bartlett has been the lead singer for "Wilson Williams' Platters," touring the country.

 

Lonza's musical talent blossomed at an early age in Elizabeth City as he sang gospel music in the choirs of St. Stephen and Cornerstone Missionary Baptist churches.  Several members of Wilson Williams' Platters scouted his talent when he was singing at a Gospel music festival at the Harborside Event Center & Centennial Park, a waterfront park in downtown Fort Myers, Fla.

 

Bartlett was introduced to Wilson Williams and the  members of the Legacy Platters through a drummer that he had performed with in the early 1990s with Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds & Manchild.  "I came back to the roots, man," says Bartlett. I realized, though I was traveling around the world doing the R&B thing, I needed to get back to the foundation... so I got into the ministry."

 

Over the past 10 years Bartlett has lived in Elizabeth City off and on while working on his Gospel recording career. He's performed with Gospel greats such as Kirk Franklin and has been working on his own recording label, Elanje Records, Inc.

 

Lonza Bartlett wasn't even born when The Platters and lead singer Tony Williams belted out some of their greatest hits, such as "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "The Great Pretender" and "Only You (and You Alone)" for the first time, but Bartlett has been the lead singer for "Wilson Williams' Platters," touring the country.

 

Bartlett has performed in Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Las Vegas just to name a few. The group is also preparing for a European tour, and they also made a concert stop in Elizabeth City, NC on at the College of the Albemarle. A lady once told me that she closed her eyes and listened and it took her back to when she was a teenager," says Bartlett. "It's (the music) not about me, it's about capturing a time when these people can go back and enjoy." As for crooning the sounds of yesteryear, Bartlett says the music is all about substance.

 

In the meantime, he's crooning some of the most well known doo-wop hits to come across the American music scene over the past 60 years as a legacy member of the Platters.

 

Lonza Bartlett is sharing his talent and keeping the importance of the music he is singing and recognizes its impact on the world.

 

Lonza has performed in Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Las Vegas just to name a few.

A lady once told me that she closed her eyes and listened and it took her back to when she was a teenager," says Bartlett. "It's (the music) not about me, it's about capturing a time when these people can go back and enjoy." As for crooning the sounds of yesteryear, Bartlett says the music is all about substance.

In the meantime, he's crooning some of the most well known doo-wop hits to come across the American music scene  over the past 60 years as a legacy member of the Platters.

 



 


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