Rhythm and blues center stage at the PAC

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By Becca Owsley

A concert this weekend will transport audiences to the sounds of the ‘60s and ‘70s.


The show features Clarence Carter, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes and Radcliff’s own Harmony Jonez.

Carter, known for the song “Slip Away,” began performing in the 1960s. Blind from birth, he taught himself to play guitar and hasn’t stopped performing. Another one of his hits was “Patches.”

The Blue Notes carry on the legacy of late front man Harold Melvin. Through the promotion of Melvin’s daughter, the group continues to tour, singing their previous hits like “Wake Up Everybody” and “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” a song covered by Simply Red in the 1980s.

Jonez grew up in a military family that retired in Radcliff. She hosted “DA Show” in Louisville before recording her own music and acting. Recently, she appeared in the Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman comedy “The Change-up” released in 2011 and the Lifetime television show “Drop Dead Diva.”

Concert promoter Curtis Brunson of The Cliff Hangers Entertainment said the rhythm of music and the tradition of dance are at the heart of early rythym and blues songs, making them appealing to audiences today.

It’s a type of music like no other and a sound unique to those who originally performed it, he said.

“It can be duplicated but won’t be the same,” he said.

Part of the goal for this concert is to bring music from another era to Hardin County so the 55-and-older crowd will not have to drive to Louisville to see such performers, Brunson said.

Attendance at this event will determine if similar events will be planned in the future, he said.

He purposely planned the event to coincide with the Kentucky Derby Festival opening activities and Thunder Over Louisville to give Hardin County residents an entertainment option without having to deal with Thunder traffic and still feel like they were a part of something festive.

The concert will also benefit military in the area. Brunson said many wounded warriors were offered free tickets to the event and a donation will be made to the Army Emergency Relief Fund to help soldiers and their dependents with emergency financial assistance.

The event is at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School, 384 W.A. Jenkins Road, Elizabethtown.

Tickets are $30 for balcony seating, $40 for preferred seating and $50 for VIP seats and can be purchased at the PAC or online at www.thepac.net.

Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.