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Retro plays music 'you forgot you loved'

July 4, 2013

YellowBrix

July 04--GRAHAM -- When it comes to a musical experience, Retro is a band unlike any you've ever heard before.

A mix of jazz and R&B the band's motto is, "we play the music you forgot you loved." With six members, Retro considers themselves a close-knit family.

"Retro is a band made up of friends and spiritual families. We got together to create a band with a higher purpose, while having a ton of fun along the way," said Clifton Graves, bass guitarist and lead vocalist.

The band also includes Randy Hunley on the keyboard, guitar and harmonica, Adrena Harvey on percussion, Gregory Harvey on percussion, Christopher Clontz on the guitar and Ike Hawkins on the saxophone, flute and keyboard. All members contribute vocally, making Retro a musical powerhouse. Randy Hunley, a Burlington native, was the one who first envisioned the band.

"He had a vision of playing great music that impacted people in fresh and new ways," Graves said.

Graves joined Hunley in the quest for this fresh and new band, with Hunley's musical talent and Graves being credited as one of the most influential funk & soul bass players in the area, they knew they had a start to something good. It wasn't long before they added Clontz, Hawkins and the Harveys and their band Retro was formed.

"Each of us has a different style that all come together to make music seasoned with the new. You will remember us. We are not the norm. We'll grab your ear and your listening experience will never be the same," Graves said.

While they specialize in jazz and R&B, Retro will play whatever music its audience prefers.

"We try to be versatile. We make every effort to give the audience a taste of whatever they desire," Graves said.

Retro will perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday on 104 East Elm St. for the First Fridays portion of the Musical Chairs countywide concert series. Admission is free, but donations of children's art supplies for classes at the Alamance County Arts Council are appreciated. Seating won't be provided, so be sure to bring blankets or chairs. In case of rain, the concert will be canceled.

Call the Leisure Line at (336) 222-5147 for updates or get more details at www.artsalamance.com or (336) 226-4495.

Elisa Abele is a second year Culinary Arts student at Alamance Community College and an intern with the Accent department.

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