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The Carpenter Ants with special guest Debra James Tucker

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Even the best bands come and go but the Carpenter Ants, West Virginia’s premier rhythm & blues group, have been around with virtually the same lineup for over 25 years. After more than 2,000 performances, the band never fails to have a good time and that feeling is contagious. The Ants – guitarist Michael Lipton, drummer Jupiter Little, bassist Ted Harrison and vocalist/saxophonist Charlie Tee – have quietly amassed a resume that rivals many national groups. The group’s trademark country-soul sound with rich, soulful harmonies, stinging solos and a rock-solid rhythm section, captures that rare, loose-but-tight feel, and has won the band international as well as regional fans. Thanks to Lipton’s two decade-long association with the internationally syndicated radio show Mountain Stage as both house guitarist and engineering assistant, a long, varied list of players have sat in at after-show jams for sets that ping-pong from rock ’n’ roll and blues to country and gospel.

 

Performing with the Carpenter Ants will be Debra James Tucker, a vocalist and host/coordinator of Natalie’s Gospel Soul Brunch Series. She has extensive training in jazz, classical and gospel music and is the writer/performer of the one woman show Survival of the Boulevard Singer — winner of an Ohio Arts Council Award for Individual Excellence. Debra has been visiting instructor at Denison University in the history of African American Gospel Music, and an artist in residence with a number of youth arts organizations.

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Venue: Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza

Date: Wednesday, December 4

Time: 9:00 pm

Cost: $15 reserved, $10 general admission