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Arts & Entertainment An ’80s Buick rolls into Sylva for June 28 concert

Classic Southern rockers Buick MacKane roll into Sylva on Friday, June 28, for a retro ’80s performance at the Concerts on the Creek series.

The four-man band from Morganton will showcase its versatility by playing the first all-’80s set in the history of Concerts on the Creek.

Lead singer Donnie Basham says folks attending the show, which runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek, will hear an enjoyable mix of hits from the new wave decade.

The set list ranges from REO Speedwagon to Tommy Tutone, from Motley Crue to Morris Day and the Time.

“It’s the main stream ’80s stuff, with a few hair bands mixed in,” Basham explains. “We play the Flock of Seagulls, we do a Bon Jovi montage, and some John Cougar Mellencamp. A taste of everything, and some dance music too.”

In addition to lead vocals, Basham plays keyboard and acoustic guitar. Jody Isaacs is on drums, Chris Singleton plays bass, and Wes Cullars handles lead guitar.

“Wes is the youngest member of our band, at 24, and a great guitar player who can play anything from the 1980s, especially Eddie Van Halen,” says Basham.

The performance by Buick MacKane is the fifth in a 14- week series of free concerts held Friday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the downtown Sylva park.

“We just recently played our hometown Friday evening concert series and there were a lot of people there to hear us,” says Basham. “These type shows are probably our favorite.”

Concerts on the Creek are produced by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Town of Sylva, and Jackson County Parks and Recreation.

For info about the concerts, call (800) 962-1911, or go to: www.mountainlovers.com.

Buick MacKane Band


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