Thursday nights to come alive in Havelock

Published: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 01:37 PM.

If rock and roll is revolting and country and western makes you weep, The Southernaires offer a big band blast from the past.

The 15-piece group is kicking off the Thursday Night Live series sponsored by the Havelock Cultural Arts Committee at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

The Southernaires have played for the last three years as part of the annual August series.

“We play the big band music of the ’40s and ’50s,” said band leader Sam Guthrie, of Morehead City. “We play the music that the big bands played back then, bands like Count Basie, Woody Herman, Jimmy Dorsey and Glenn Miller.

“It’s all dance music. It’s not rock and roll.  It’s not country and western. It’s mostly love songs and ballads.”

Guthrie said the group includes five saxophones, four trumpets, three trombones, base and guitar and singer Jancie Hartwell of Wilmington.

Attendees can expect to hear favorites like “Dear Heart,” “Leap Frog,” “Georgia on My Mind,” “Sentimental Journey,”  “Under My Skin,”  “In the Mood” and “All of Me.”

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