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Reunion Band - The Prophets - featured Saturday night downtown

January 22, 2011
Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center is hosting The Reunion Band, which includes original members of the 1960s band The Prophets, on Saturday, January 22, during Music Walk. The show will begin at 7 p.m. in front of the Art Center, which is located at 2301 First Street in the River District, downtown Fort Myers.

Band member Steve Jarrell (Tenor Sax and Lead Singer) was inducted into the Beach Music Hall of Fame with his band Steve Jarrell and the Sons of the Beach. Tom Waite (Trombone) is currently CFO of the Humane Society of America. Cary Leitch (Tenor Sax) is the owner of a manufacturing plant in Virginia, and Dr. Henry Marsh (Trumpet) is head of a research facility in Boston.

Lead guitarist Gary Ferguson toured with Donna Fargo for 10 years, and bass guitarist Rich Mason has played with numerous groups, most recently Ron Moody and the Centaurs. Ronny Baker (Drums), an original member of The Prophets, has played with numerous groups, as has keyboard and vocalist Rob Spratt. Spratt is currently playing with The Wildfire Blues Band. Also currently with The Wildfire Blues Band are Julius Szalay (Percussion/Vocals) and guitarist/vocalist Stephen Rudnick.

Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter crime novels on which the hit Showtime TV series Dexter is based, is a former member of The Wildfire Blues Band. He will MC the show as well as sing a few tunes with the band.

The Prophets toured with other national acts that were brought into the midatlantic area by United Entertainment during the 60s, 70s and 80s. They played the top 40 of the day but leaned on R&B - mostly Stax and Motown, and also played original songs. Being The Prophets, they sometimes played in togas. During their New York recording days, they once wore them while riding in a chariot down Broadway.

Admission is free but donations are accepted and benefit the Gulf Coast Humane Society.



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