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Weather Channel Boyz Debut At Greenfield Park Amphitheatre

Posted in Live Performance Previews/Reviews by darielb on October 11, 2009

Terry2700Wilmington, N.C. keyboard player Terry Nash is pretty excited about his newest musical venture. I first heard about it on Facebook and then from Terry’s wife, Windy, and I’m intrigued enough now, that I thought I’d share it here.

The Weather Channel Boyz is a funk jazz group that’s made up of musicians from assorted bands like Mark Roberts & Breeze and Painted Man, who share a love of instrumental funk jazz. The name derives from the jazz instrumentals that are a staple on the Weather Channel. (A CD is currently in the works and a proposal will be sent to the popular cable station.)

Band members include:
•“Funky” Leroy Harper, tenor, alto, soprano sax and keyboards
•Richard “Smoochie” Robertson, trumpet, muted trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone and keyboards
• Terry Nash, keyboards
• Sylvester “Sam” Bryant, drums, percussion
• Tony Mallard, drums, percussion
• Gerard Torchio, drums, percussion
• Jonathan Ward, percussion
• Brent Sisson, bass
• Thomas Stanley, bass
• Albert Rogers, bass
•Bobby Roberts, tenor sax
•Jason jackson, alto sax
•Vince Peeples, guitar
••Ethan Hanson, guitar
Other featured musicians include:
•Katja Rieckermann (Sax Player for Rod Stewart & Aerosmith)
•Simon Russell (Soul Power Posse) Nina Repeta (Dawson’s Creek)
•Vince Peeples (Painted Man)
•Mark Roberts (Breeze Band)
•William “Bosz” Bostic (Painted Man)

Weather Channel Boyz will be making their debut at a special fundraiser for EarthSave,  a global nonprofit promoting healthy and life-sustaining food choices. It was created by John Robbins, the author of “A Diet of a New America.” The local chapter was started about five months ago by former Wilmington business owner Pat Benair. She says, “Our mission is to educate, inspire, and empower people to shift toward a diet centered on fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes – food choices that are healthy for the individual and for the planet.”

Brent Carter (Tower of Power) was also scheduled for the show, but due to the recent death of his father may not be appearing.

EarthSave SENC meets the last Wednesday of every month. Meetings include a vegetarian/vegan/raw potluck and a movie, lecture, or guest speaker. Meat eaters are encouraged to attend.

I’m not sure about living without the occasional hamburger, but I’ll be at the event in Greenfield Park. I’ve been to the MySpace page (Myspace.com/weatherchannelboyz) and I want to hear this band live!
If You Want To Go
What: EarthSave SENC’s presentation of An Afternoon of Blues, Jazz and Funk with featured artists Funky Leroy Harper, Painted Man, Benny Hill, The Groove Campaign & the debut of the Weather Channel Boyz
Where:Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, 302 Willard Street, Wilmington, N.C.
When: Sunday, Oct. 18, 1 to 6 p.m.
How Much: Advance $15; Gate, $20
Information: Pat Delair, senc@earthsave.org

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