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Now that downtown Lincolnton has had its throwback to the 1970s with a cruise-in, be prepared to be taken back to the times when music was played on 8 tracks and records. Remember those days? If not, they can still be experienced Saturday night with the second concert in the Lincoln County Concert Association series with the appearance of Swamp River Revival which is a tribute band to the iconic singer/songwriter John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival. The tour that this group is doing is called “Premonition.”

“We’re a full-blown tribute show,” Ricky McSwain said. “We’re doing John Fogerty’s show from 1997. The only difference is that our show is for 90 minutes.”

As detailed on their website, the band is based out of Charlotte and composed of five professional musicians who love the art of performing live. The high energy, showmanship, and attention to detail to John Fogerty’s music will treat the audience to an authentic John Fogerty/Creedence Clearwater Revival experience. Immediately the audience will recognize classic songs from radio, TV, and the big screen such as “Fortunate Son,” “Born on the Bayou,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” “Suzie Q,” and “Centerfield,” just to name a few. Swamp River Revival truly delivers the total John Fogerty/Creedence Clearwater revival experience with such attention to detail, it will leave fans wondering if they just watched John Fogerty himself or a tribute band.

The talent of Swamp River Revival includes:

Ricky McSwain (lead vocal, guitars, harmonica)

Pete McGinley (bass guitar)

Christopher Dillard (drums, percussion, backing vocals)

David Rhyne (keyboard)

Levi Castle (guitar)

McSwain is the lead vocalist and guitarist that portrays John Fogerty. He’s performed over 25 years in various house bands and local bands in the Charlotte area. 

“Since being introduced to the idea of forming a tribute to John Fogerty, it has overwhelmingly taken control of my musical interests,” he said. “John Fogerty's life in music has not only inspired me but excited me about John's journey and the positive energy created by John.”

The ambition of the group is to represent John Fogerty's music with all the respect, dignity and precision deserved. 

The concert will be this Saturday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the James Warren Citizens Center in downtown Lincolnton (115 West Main). Tickets will be available at the door for $20. Advance tickets are $15 and available at Treasures on Main, The Meating Place, CBD East Main, and Abernethy Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge. Call (704) 735-7287 for more info.

Adult membership to the Lincoln County Concert Association is $60 and will entitle the bearer to attend all of the concerts in the series, including this one. Students grade 12 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. That fee also covers all of the concerts of LCCA’s three reciprocal associations in Gastonia, Statesville and Albemarle. Membership to LCCA is not required to attend a concert. Tickets will be available at the door for $20 per ticket. 

“Since part of our mission is community outreach, we are pleased to announce for the first time that we will be offering free admission to all children grades 12 and under,” Rick Ramseur, the LCCA chair said. “They can accompany their parents or grandparents and be exposed to all types of live performance.”

After the Swamp Water Revival concert, the upcoming events will return to the Cultural Center with the VS Guitar Duo on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. VS Guitar is a very unique duo consisting of Vadim Kolpakov, the famous seven-string guitarist, along with his nephew, virtuoso Sasha Kolpakov. Together, they combine thrilling music from many parts of the world including Romani Gypsy music, American jazz, Latin, and Spanish Flamenco. Their colorful world-wide performances continue to delight spectators of all ages.

The popular Frank Love Orchestra will perform at the Cultural Center on Sunday, Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. If you are a fan of big-band music you certainly don’t want to miss this opportunity to hear the great sounds of the Frank Love Orchestra. This talented 16-piece group under the direction of Guy Rudisill will perform a special Christmas concert.  Along with traditional Christmas selections, they will mix in several of the classic favorites made famous by Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and others.

The Charlestones will be the first concert in 2022 on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center. Formed in 2014 in Charleston, S.C., this amazing “a cappella” quartet has quickly made a name for itself with their trademark flawless intonation and wide variety of vocal styles. Since this concert will take place just a couple of days before Valentine’s Day, they will be presenting their “Love is in the Air” program of popular love songs from the styles of Broadway, jazz, country, and pop.  Bring your sweetheart to this enjoyable evening of music.

The last concert of the series will be held on Sunday, May 8, 2022 at 3 p.m. again at the Cultural Center featuring the Dash Duo. Yamaha Artists Mary Elizabeth Boden and David Dash are accomplished trumpet players who have performed virtuoso concerts around the world and have independently been guest soloists with several major symphonies. They are currently faculty members at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Their concert will include classical selections with piano accompaniment. 

For more information, contact the LCCA at info@lincolnconcerts.org or visit their web site at www.lincolnconcerts.org. The Lincoln Cultural Center is located at 403 East Main Street in Lincolnton. The James W. Warren Citizens Center is located at 115 West Main Street in Lincolnton.

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