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The Key of Cool



Article Published: Sep. 8, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 8, 2011
The Key of Cool

The Lucky Strikes will perform a number of tunes from a variety of genres and decades this
Friday at the Best Cellar in Blowing Rock.

Photo by Jeff Eason



The Friday afternoon concerts at the Best Cellar in Blowing Rock have become a popular gathering spot for folks looking to unwind from the work week, find out what’s going on for the weekend and listen to some great live music.

This Friday, Sept. 9, the Best Cellar will welcome the musical stylings of the Lucky Strikes, a local jazz band with decades of collective stage experience.

“We were rained out last year, so keep your fingers crossed,” said keyboardist, pianist and bassist Jim Fleri.

So far, the weather looks good for this weekend’s show. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Food and drinks are available for purchase, and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets to the show.

In addition to Fleri, the Lucky Strikes features Doug Brantz on guitar and vocals, Steve Roark on saxophone, keyboards and vocals, and Jamie Blanton on drums.

The band has entertained High Country audiences since 2007. Much of the repertoire of the Lucky Strikes goes back to the “Mad Men” era of the ’60s, but the band has also been known to pull out some cool jazz from the ’50s or even take on an 1980s pop tune.

Not content to stay in one genre, the band performs everything from jazz and blues to Motown and classic rock and roll.

Anything that might get people out of their seats and onto the dance floor, or in this case dance lawn, is fair game for the Lucky Strikes.

For more information on Friday’s show, call the Best Cellar at the Inn at Ragged Gardens, located at 203 Sunset Drive in Blowing Rock, at (828) 295-3466.

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