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Matt Walch brings Big Band sound to Roanoke

Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014

The cocktail music sound made famous by crooners including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Dean Martin will fill Roanoke’s Cottage Event Center on Friday, April 11 with a concert by Big Band singer Matt Walch.  The event is a fund raiser for the Huntington County Free Health Clinic.

Walch, from Somerset, Michigan, has performed throughout the country from New York, Chicago, Boston and Detroit to Martha’s Vineyard, Scottsdale, Arizona and Palm Springs, California. He has performed with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and opened for the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Walch has been named “Best Big Band Singer” by talent service Gigmasters every year since 2008.

“Matt is great,” said Buddy Morrow of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. “I’ve heard him with my group … whatever you need, he has it!”

Besides Sinatra, Bennett and Martin, Walch also brings to life the music of legends like Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin, Johnny Mathis and Michael Buble.

Attendees at the performance will have the opportunity to purchase a pasta dinner, either meatless or with meatballs. Salad and dessert will also be available, plus a cash bar. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with Matt Walch taking the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $10 each and may be purchased using PayPal on the venue’s website, or by phone at (260) 483-3508. The event is co-sponsored by Realtor Marti McFarren and by Roanoke’s Two EE’S Winery.

The Huntington Free Health Clinic provides area low income residents with a variety of health services including medications, blood screenings and dental care. They provide service every Tuesday from noon to 6 p.m. at the former Family Practice Associates medical building at 1255 Engle Street, on the south side of Huntington. The facility sees about 30 patients per week. The next show will be the return of popular duo Shade ‘N Shannon on Friday, May 9. Proceeds will benefit the Roanoke Food Pantry.