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It’s the weekend; live bands are back


Beginning July 18, the Weekend Live Band Dances are back in Leisure World clubhouses.

The Velvetones Ballroom Dance Orchestra is Leisure World’s own professional big band, playing swing and jazz standards, music for dreaming and dancing.

The band is back to its normal venue at Clubhouse 4 on the first and third Sundays at 6 p.m., starting July 18.

Whether it be a well-known big band standard, contemporary jazz showcase, sentimental vocal ballad or a hard-swinging brass feature, the Velvetones provides a unique and complete package of musical entertainment.

Abilene will resume its regular monthly boot scootin’ dance after the long pandemic-induced hiatus on Saturday, July 24, in Clubhouse 2, starting at 7 p.m. The doors open at 6:30, but reserving tables is prohibited.

Abilene is Leisure World’s No. 1 country rock band, going strong for nearly 20 years. This year, it opened the Amphitheater season with a rockabilly show that drew nearly 2,000 fans. Terry Otte leads Abilene and shares singing duties with Tina Schaffer. Members include Rod Anderson on guitar, Jim Long on guitar synthesizer, Mike Simpson on bass and Jim Greer on drums.

Residents and friends can dance and party to the music of Abilene on the fourth Saturday of the month in Clubhouse 2. Come and see why Abilene is Leisure World’s favorite band.

Cabaret Entertainers presents Vinyl Rock on Saturday, July 31, in Clubhouse 1 at 7 p.m.

Vinyl Rock is an Orange County-based band consisting of nine members who passionately perform classic rock, Motown and pop tunes primarily from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.

The band keeps the audience engaged, inviting them to participate in sing-alongs and mingling with them on the dance floor. They’ll have everyone smiling, singing, swinging and swaying to the songs they grew up listening to and easily recognize.

Vinyl Rock is sponsored by Cabaret Entertainers and is free to GRF members and their guests (over 18).

Leisure suits, Fu Manchu mustaches, mullets and big hair are welcome but not required.

All concerts are free, but tips are allowed and appreciated.

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