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Thursday, July 22, 2021

FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT TO FEATURE SCOTT TURNER & FRIENDS THIS FRIDAY, JULY 23 AT THE DEANE CENTER

At 6:15 p.m. this Friday, July 23, Scott Turner & Friends will perform during the Deane Center’s free concert series on the outdoor stage located on the Central Avenue side of the building at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. 

If weather becomes an issue, this free concert will be moved into the Coolidge Theatre. Donations are always welcome and appreciated. 

Just a little over year ago, on July 17, 2020, the newly formed Scott Turner & Friends band played together in public for the first time during the Deane Center's first outdoor concert series. 

One-man-band phenomenon Scott Turner simultaneously plays guitar, drums and harmonica and is lead vocalist. He is joined by seasoned musical veteran Charlie Klinger who plays bass guitar, Gordon Allen on second guitar, and Marlo Malletz on banjo. All are from the Wellsboro area. 

"I think listeners will enjoy how our band has evolved," said Turner. "Our roots are in old country, classic and modern rock, reggae and bluegrass. We meld them all together, quite often into a sort of funky Island groove mix. It's hard to place our music in a single genre. I'm not sure exactly what to call it, but I know it's a lot of fun," Turner said. 

"When the pandemic took over we got together and jammed on Fridays", said Klinger. "We all had a great time and soon things started to sound pretty good. It was great to play outdoors at the Deane Center and see everybody being safe and enjoying live music last year. I'm looking forward to doing it again."

Allen is a retired state worker with an immense passion for music. Since his retirement, he has focused on expanding his skills as a musician. "I had been playing guitar on and off for 40 years, always enjoyed it but never got serious about it. After the deaths of my wife and my brother, I picked up my guitar and started to play again."

Malletz works from home as a program manager for a global software company. "I’ve been playing the five-string banjo since I was ten," she said. "When I moved back to Wellsboro in late 2018, I connected with Scott (Turner) who encouraged me to join the Friday night jam group. That little jam group has developed into good friendships, a reprieve from the pandemic, and a fantastic learning experience," said Malletz. 

Audience members are welcome to bring lawn chairs and sit on the grassy area in front of the outdoor stage or on Central Avenue, which will be closed to traffic between Main Street and the Warehouse Theatre from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Other free concerts being sponsored by the Deane Center for the Performing Arts and the Wellsboro Community Concert Association on Fridays at 6:15 p.m. are: Take Two on July 30; Stone Eaters on Aug. 6; Drowsy Maggie on Aug. 13; Mystery Trayne on Aug. 20; the Gabe Stillman Band on Aug. 27 and Marc Berger and Ride on Sept. 10. 

For more information about the free Friday concert series, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220, email office@deanecenter.com or visit deanecenter.com

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