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Let the Good Times Roll to be at Event Center

Posted: Friday, January 9, 2015

Roanoke’s Cottage Event Center welcomes back guitar virtuoso Kenny Taylor on Saturday, January 24 with a concert titled “Let the Good Times Roll.”  The event, like last year’s “Elvis Birthday Bash” starring Taylor, is a fundraiser for the Northeast Indiana Honor Flight.

Taylor will be backed for the performance by his Jump Blues 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 (including the title song, Let the Good Times Roll) from which the rock genre evolved.

Guitarist Kenny Taylor is among the most highly regarded musicians in the area. His former band The Blue Moon Boys opened for such guitar legends as Bo Didley, Dick Dale and former Stray Cats front man Brian Setzer. He has 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 chili and hot dogs.

Northeast Indiana Honor Flight provides World War II veterans along with veterans of other conflicts with cost-free trips to Washington D.C. to visit various memorials.