KGB puts on first concert of 2016
By Macy Reeves for the FCT
On every second Saturday of every month, the Kerry Gilbert Band headlines at the Historic Roxy Theatre, accompanied by an up-and-coming artist or special guest. It’s a tradition the Roxy has had for eight years and is still going strong.
Gilbert coordinates who will come and play with the band each month. Jan. 11, Gilbert’s opening act was a band from Nashville: Stereo Specter.
“I like to showcase young entertainers who would never have an opportunity normally to get up and play with a professional band in front of an energetic crowd,” said Gilbert.
Stereo Specter lead singer/pianist Jordan Dean said he and his group were “extremely excited” for the opportunity.
“It’s a beautiful theater. The sounds was awesome, and everyone was nice,” said Dean.
The KGB also had a guest singer who performed with the band – Taylor McLain Miller from Summerville. McLain Miller is a singer with the band Firewater.
“Getting to play with KGB – They are the greatest bunch of musicians I’ve ever been on stage with,” McLain Miller said.
The monthly performance features harmony, gospel, classic and old music.
“We’re proud to have a good, clean, family show, where we can spotlight up-and-coming artists in a family environment. This show makes a lifetime memory in a historical landmark, and I just think people should come and check it out,” Gilbert said. “It’s a unique show where you can come and bring the whole family to a band without the bar atmosphere.”
The Roxy will stay busy with a full schedule the arts and humanities council has already planned and the performers Gilbert has scheduled. Ronnie McDowell will be performing at the Roxy in April; the W.C. Handy Festival will take place in July; Larry Gatlin will perform in May; and John Conlee will also perform.