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Prince tribute band Purple Xperience to perform Jan. 29 Jan. 29
Thursday, 20 January 2022 18:14

From Staff Reports 

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — The Prince tribute band, Purple Xperience, featuring Marshall Charloff, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center at 212 Tusculum Boulevard here.

The show is billed as “the most authentic and awe-inspiring celebration of Prince in the world.”

Hailing from Prince’s birthplace, Minneapolis, Minn., this five-piece group has been touring around the country since its inception in 2011 by Dr. Fink and front-man Marshall Charloff. 

“Purple Xperience delivers the greatest production of Prince and the Revolution in the world to audiences of all generation,” a band promotion stated. “Purple Xperience has entertained well over 300,000 fans, and has shared the stage with The Time, Cameo, Fetty Wap, Gin Blossoms, Atlanta Rhythm Section, and Cheap Trick.

“Charloff styles the magic of Prince’s talent in an uncannily unmatched fashion with his appearance, vocal imitation and multi-instrumental capacity on guitar and piano. 

“A celebrated producer and recording artist, he has written, produced and recorded with the Commodores and Little Anthony and the Imperials.”

Dedicated as a tribute to the life of icon Prince, Purple Masquerade consists of El Cavitt performing the role of Prince, J.C. Teasley on bass guitar, Mike E on guitar, Aaron Oatneal and Jason Bolyejack on drums, along with Chanteau Teasley and Mike Johnson on keys.

El Cavitt was Prince’s stunt double in the movie “Graffitti Bridge,” as well as a few of Prince’s videos.

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Tab Benoit, bayou guitarist, to play Jan. 28 Jan. 28
Thursday, 20 January 2022 18:13

From Staff Reports 

NEWBERRY, S.C. — Singer-guitarist Tab Benoit will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 28 at Newberry Opera House at 1201 McKibben St. here.

“One of the most impressive guitarists to emerge from the rich bayous of Southern Louisiana in recent years, Tab Benoit’s guitar tone can be recognized before his Otis-Redding-ish voice resonates from the speakers,” an event promotion stated.

 “He doesn’t rely on any effects and his setup is simple. It consists of a guitar, cord, and Category 5 Amplifier.

“The effects that you hear come from his fingers.” 

Further, Benoit is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist who has built a remarkable 30-plus-year career “on the foundation of his gritty and soulful Delta swamp blues, acquiring a devoted legion of fans along the way,” a promotion stated.

He also has snared five Blues Music Awards, including B.B. King Entertainer of the Year (twice) and an induction into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.  

He has recorded and/or performed with Junior Wells, George Porter Jr, Dr. John, Willie Nelson, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Billy Joe Shaver, Maria Muldaur, James Cotton, Cyril Neville, Kenny Aronoff, Allen Toussaint, Kim Wilson, Jimmy Thackery, Charlie Musslewhite, Kenny Neal, Chris Layton, Ivan Neville, Jimmy Hall, Jim Lauderdale, Anders Osborne, and Alvin Youngblood Hart. 

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