Band to rock out for 4-H
by Mark Andrews
Jul 05, 2013 | 1520 views | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Saturday, Aug. 17, classic rock cover band Shakin’ Grace will perform at The Grand Theatre with all proceeds going to benefit Bartow County’s 4-H club.

Playing together as a group of friends, the five-piece band has been together for about three years, says drummer Larry Tate.

“Aside from playing [the] Led Zepplin [album] ‘II’ in its entirety, we’ve got probably another hour and 15 minute set after that,” Tate said. “You’re likely to hear some Robin Trower, Deep Purple, The Beatles, Heart — the list goes on and on.”

Jeff Culverhouse, a 1972 graduate of Cartersville High School and former 4-Her, said the event will not only give attendants the opportunity to hear classic rock ‘n’ roll, but also to contribute to a program that aids youth in Bartow County.

“The 4-H club is totally dependent on contributions from the United Way and individuals to support these kids and their competitions,” Culverhouse said. “I decided this year I wanted to help the 4-H club because if it wasn’t for 4-H, I wouldn’t be who I am today.”

Culverhouse said, for example, 4-H public speaking competitions allowed him to hone his communication skills, which he said has been essential throughout his career.

“It gave me basic skills on how to express myself and get my point across concisely, with as few words as possible ... make my point and [learn confidence],” Culverhouse said.

He added, “We had to put together record books so it taught me organizational skills and how to present things in writing ... and it taught me to be competitive. 4-H is a club that provides young people with the opportunity to not just improve skill sets, but develop those skill sets.”

Culverhouse said while the music performed will appeal to those who were teenagers during the height of classic rock, it also will appeal to the current generation as well.

“I think the appeal of classic rock ‘n’ roll goes from the age group of 64 to small children,” Culverhouse said, adding that as times have changed, so has the acceptance of various forms of music. “Now, when kids are growing up there’s FM radio with a broader spectrum of what’s playing. It’s not unusual to turn your TV on and one of these rock bands from the ’60s and ’70s has one of their songs playing on a commercial.”

Videos of the band performing are available to stream on YouTube. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7 p.m. Orchestra seats are $25, balcony are $20; seats are available by calling The Grand Theatre at 770-386-7343.

For more information on 4-H, visit http://www.caes.uga.edu/extension/bartow/4H/.