North Carolina-The Band of Oz-May 17


 

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-May 17

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special.

Over the weekend I watched a fascinating documentary on Netflix called “This Ain’t Mouse Music”.

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http://nomousemusic.com

The documentary is a vivid portrait of the obsessive sonic sleuth and Arhoolie records founder 84 year old Chris Strachwitz, filmmakers Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling take a hip-shaking stroll from New Orleans to Appalachia and right into very the DNA of rock’n’roll.  There were a lot of genre’s covered but no beach music from the Carolinas.

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Beach music, also known as Carolina beach music, and to a lesser extent, Beach pop, is a regional genre which developed from various rock/R&B/pop music of the 1950’s. The songs are accompanied by a dance called the shag.

In the Carolinas the month of May begins a four month odyssey for a lot of North Carolina Bands that play “beach music”. One of the best is a group out of Raleigh that formed in 1967 and I saw quite often in Greenville, NC during my college days at East Carolina University in the 1970’s.  The name of the group is “The Band of Oz” and they still play today.

The Band of Oz still is playing in Greenville, NC on a regular basis.

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Photos of the Band of Oz

The Band of Oz was formed in 1967 as a part-time band playing fraternity parties and high school proms all over the South. In 1977 the band went on the road full time. Since that time the band has made an exceptional name for itself throughout the Southeast by playing the top clubs and corporate parties, and getting excellent reviews along the way. For several years the group has been a guest on most of the major beach concerts in the Carolinas, Virginia, and Georgia.

The Band of Oz is one of the most successful groups in the Southeast, and continues to get the very best reviews from the top people in the entertainment business. The band now features a full horn section to total a dynamic eight-member group. They still perform well over two-hundred shows per year for corporate events, festivals, concerts, wedding receptions, and many other public and private events.

The Band of Oz will be in Lumberton NC on Thursday June 2, 2016 and I am pretty sure I will be there listening. Just wish Chris Strachwitz could listen with me and see another genre of regional music  “That Ain’t Mouse Music”.

Chris Strachwitz

 

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