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Tony and Tan Lines to sizzle on Jeffersonville RiverStage

August 14, 2014

By Gary Popp, The Evening News and the Tribune, Jeffersonville, Ind.

Aug. 14--JEFFERSONVILLE -- Tony and the Tan Lines is an area band with musicians from Southern Indiana and Louisville and will perform at the Jeffersonville RiverStage Friday night. Using the pretense of a carefree, island-hopping crew from the tropics, it playfully incorporates humor into its performances and image. In this article the News and Tribune plays along with its fun-spirited, good-natured attitude.

JEFFERSONVILLE -- A band hailing from the sun-kissed sands of Miami is bringing it's "yacht rock" to Jeffersonville's RiverStage Friday as part of the Summer Concert Series.

Tony and the Tan Lines is a seven-piece ensemble that always brings high-energy performances and renditions of well-known songs from pop culture.

The band's drummer, Chaz Waterman, talked with the News and Tribune earlier this week, explaining that the rest of the band was unavailable, as they were preparing for the RiverStage show by taking time to relax on a Spanish island.

"The rest of the Tan Lines are wrapping up a vacay in Ibiza right now," Waterman said. "We usually perform around the St. Matthews area and at Captain's Quarters in Louisville, so we are happy to show Jeffersonville what we got."

This is the second time the band has brought its nautical flavor to the shores of Jeffersonville.

"There are some great Tan fans over there," Waterman said.

He said the RiverStage show will offer something for the entire family, and the Tan Lines welcome anyone who wants to dress the part.

"Expect a lot of dancing, a lot of fun and a very colorful band," Waterman said. "Everyone is invited to come to the show in their best Hawaiian shirt and join the party."

The band's high energy shows include hit songs from movies popular in the 1970s and 1980s.

"We cover a lot of soundtracks, 'Dirty Dancing,' 'Back to the Future.' We bring 70s soul music, Hall & Oats, Michael McDonald, Huey Lewis and the News," Waterman said. "It's all stuff people will know and can sing along to."

He said Tony and the Tan Lines formed in the1970s and spent years honing their "sexy-melodic cohesion" playing at a dive bar in Boca Raton, Fla., owned by the group's lead singer, Skip Bartles.

While the band has realized mega-success, as seen by headlining the Jeffersonville show and regularly booking private parties, it has never forgotten that good times, babes and sunshine always come first.

"It is not about the music as much as the lifestyle," Waterman said. "Simply put, we live to the rhythm of party music."

Sailing enthusiasts, but not familiar with Jeffersonville, Waterman said he and the other Tan Lines plan to take in all the nautical attractions while on this side of the river, including the Howard Steamboat Museum and Jeff Boat.

Before cutting the interview short to do a bit of sailing on the Ohio River, he gave a warning to the single women who may come the RiverStage show.

"Bring some sunscreen to this life-changing performance, ladies, because you never know when you could end up with a sexy Tan Line," Waterman said.


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