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Pizazz Band plans a high-energy Musical Chairs show

August 28, 2014

By Charity Apple, Times-News, Burlington, N.C.



Aug. 28--"If you can't dance to it, then we don't play it," Kent Zimmerman, frontman of The Pizazz Band, said in a recent interview. "We're very high-energy."

Whether it's Motown, music from the 1950s, Top 40 hits or classic beach music, The Pizazz Band plays it all.

"You might even see Michael Jackson or Elvis at our shows," Zimmerman added.

The band, which formed 20 years ago and is based in Roxboro, also includes Mark Davidson on lead guitar, Rick Sanders on keyboards, Kenny Hancock on bass guitar and Chip Johnson on drums.

"We all get along. It's a good group of guys," Zimmerman added.

When The Pizazz Band performs at Alamance Crossing as part of the Musical Chairs countywide concert series Friday night, expect to hear both original material and radio covers such as "Happy" from Pharrell Williams. Showtime is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Alamance Crossing, 3110 Waltham Boulevard, Burlington.

The band has performed throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, including the Thursdays At Seven concert series in downtown Graham last June.

"We're weekend warriors," Zimmerman said of the 78 dates it averages each year.

T-shirt giveaways are a part of The Pizazz Band's shows, as well.

"We'll give away two or three dozen shirts at shows," he said.

Upcoming concerts

--Sept. 5 -- Big Time Party Band, First Fridays, Graham

--Sept. 12 -- Highway 49, Sunset Rhythms, City Park, Burlington

--Sept. 19 -- Chartreuse Microbus, Clay Street After Work, Mebane

--Sept. 26 -- Dark Water Redemption, Fourth Fridays, downtown Burlington

Admission is free, but donations of children's art supplies are appreciated for arts classes at the Alamance County Arts Council. In case of rain, the concert will be canceled. For more details, call (336) 226-4495 or visit www.artsalamance.com

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