UNION — The Union County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the first of two “I Love a Summer Night” Downtown Music Fest events from 6-9 p.m. this Saturday, July 12, on Main Street, Union.
This Saturday’s event will feature Greenville-based oldies band Jukebox 45. Members of Jukebox 45 include Michael Blocker, Bob Fitzgerald, Art Creaney, Brian Styles, and Wally Lanzon.
Michael Blocker — an original member of the group — has been playing bass since 1964. Lead singer and New York native Bob Fitzgerald became familiar with the hits of the 50s and 60s while working as a DJ, and in the 1980s, he worked on a studio recording with Luther Vandross. Art Creaney (lead guitar and vocals) has played in bands since he was in 8th grade, and he enjoys working out harmonies and arranging music for the band. Drummer Brian Styles is described on the band’s website as the band member who supplies the energy for the rest of the group. He has been with the group since 2003. Originally from Rhode Island, Wally Lauzon (keyboards/vocals) began playing accordion in 1958 at age 10. He switched from accordion to keyboard in 2002.
The band’s website states that the jukebox is a long-established icon and symbol of good times, offering original rock and roll music to the masses, and many memories are kindled by thoughts of a jukebox playing a special 45.
“If you missed out on these good times and excellent music, we’ll try to take you back, ‘cause we are … JUKE BOX 45.”
The second event of the festival will take place Saturday, July 19, and will feature the Weatherman Band with WSPA-TV’s Jack Roper and the Carolina Rhythm Band.
Sponsors for the event include (Band Sponsors) Founders Federal Credit Union, USC Union, Heartland Healthcare of Union, and Barbara Rippy; and (Block Sponsors) Bell Petroleum & Exxon, Quality Inn, Hart Insurance Agency (Allstate), Timken, City Tire and Lube, and WBCU.