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Guitarist Kenny Taylor in concert January 15

Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2015

Roanoke’s Cottage Event Center welcomes back guitar virtuoso Kenny Taylor on Friday, January 15. The event is a fundraiser for the Northeast Indiana Honor Flight.

Taylor will be backed for the performance by his combo “The Swing Set Quartet.” The show will feature the music that defined the early days of Rock & Roll, including songs by artists like Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley & The Comets, and Buddy Holly. In addition, Taylor and his band will perform several examples of “Jump Blues” music, from which the rock genre evolved.

Guitarist Kenny Taylor is among the most highly regarded musicians in the area. He opened for Rock Legend Hughie Lewis & The News last summer at Fort Wayne’s Foellinger Theater. His former band The Blue Moon Boys opened for guitar legends Bo Didley, Dick Dale and Stray Cats front man Brian Setzer. He also played lead guitar with Detroit based Rockabilly band Twistin’ Tarantulas and has played with Carl Storie of Indianapolis’ popular Faith Band.

Among Taylor’s current projects include playing lead guitar for popular oldies band The Bulldogs (formerly Spike & the Bulldogs), duo The Atomic Sharks (featuring children’s music accompanied on ukuleles. Taylor also plays banjo with Fort Wayne’s Farmland Jazz Band, teaches guitar at the Sweetwater Academy of Music.

Popular Fort Wayne performer Shade Jonze sums up Kenny Taylor this way: “Some people can play guitar, others have humor, some are good with crowd interaction, show enjoyment in their craft and bring what they have every night. Kenny Taylor owns all of that in spades.”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin around 7:30 p.m. A cash bar will be available, along with food items. Northeast Indiana Honor Flight provides World War II veterans along with veterans of other conflicts with free trips to Washington D.C. to visit various memorials.