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Take a 'Drive' for good music, fun

August 7, 2014

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



Aug. 07--Local and low-key is how drummer Chip Allred described the band The Drive.

"No aspirations to invest in expensive equipment and vehicles to hit the road again (been there, done that)," he said. "In doing so, we can be a little diverse in the material we select which keeps it interesting not only to us, but our fan base as well. I like to call it a smorgasbord of tunes."

The band will make its Musical Chairs debut from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at City Park, 1333 Overbrook Road, Burlington, as part of the Sunset Rhythms portion of the concert series.

It formed a year ago and has since performed at the Carousel Festival, Company Shops Market, The Fat Frogg, Grill 584 and Alamance Arts' biennial event, Willow Walk.

Besides Allred on drums and backup vocals, it features Jyl Clayton on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Dug Dennis on bass guitar and backup vocals and Tony Dunn on lead guitar and backup vocals.

During Friday's Musical Chairs series, expect to hear music from Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Roy Orbison and Michael Jackson, among others.

"We do plenty that you can dance to, but we aren't in the category of what you'd call a dance band. We want you to be moved by what you hear and sometimes that means dancing and sometimes it just means closing your eyes and taking in the harmonies and melodic chords and rhythms the song takes you through," Allred said. "Our niche is not to have one. It's like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall -- you just can't do it."

The band's slogan is "A Musical Cruz Thru Time" and Allred said "it relates to the name of the band and best describes what you are in for at one of our performances. Hopefully no matter what kind of music you prefer, you'll hear a little of it when you come see us."

Upcoming concerts

--Aug. 15 -- Steph Stewart & The Boyfriends, Clay Street After Work, Mebane

--Aug. 22 -- She Bop, Fourth Fridays, downtown Burlington

--Aug. 29 -- The Pizazz Band, Alamance Crossing

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

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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