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Savannah Jack set to rock Waynesboro

Savannah Jack set to rock Waynesboro

Savannah Jack is bringing its high-energy, country and rock music to Waynesboro Area Senior High School’s Oyer Auditorium on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m.

The internationally-known band is the second act in the Waynesboro Community Concert Association’s 2019-20 concert series.

“We always look for a variety of artists who will appeal to our members,” said Cherry Snyder, president of the Waynesboro Community Concert Association.

“We chose Savannah Jack because they are a high energy band, playing and singing country and rock music that our audience will know and enjoy. I saw them do a live demo in Nashville in 2018 and they were very interactive with the audience.”

The band was formed by Beaver Falls, Pa. native Don Gatlin after having a long and successful career with his brother and then working on several solo projects.

“I first moved to Nashville after the TV show ‘You Could Be a Star’ on the Nashville network which I was grand champion winner. Part of the prize was a record deal on Capitol Records then a few years later my brother and I signed with Sony Records and recorded for them in the 1990s, receiving seven nominations for duo of the year. In the late ‘90s, I concentrated on my songwriting which led to getting my songs recorded by some of the biggest stars in country music,” Gatlin said.

After a few successful projects, Gatlin said he wanted to form a band again and in 2003 Savannah Jack was born.

“We got our first break when we were asked to play in Las Vegas for a steady run at the Sahara, then the Tropicana. Then after writing another song for Kenny Rogers, he asked us to go out on tour with him, which led to 66 shows all over the world,” Gatlin said.

From traveling throughout the Caribbean as a featured, headline act on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line to opening for Peter Frampton, John Fogerty, Vince Gill, The Doobie Brothers, Lady Antebellum and the legendary Kenny Rogers, Savannah Jack has honed their skills as outstanding live entertainers. The group of seasoned musicians combines their individual styles to create the unique Savannah Jack sound.

Each member of the five-man band has a great deal of talent and experience. Gatlin has recorded multiple albums with the band and as a solo artist. He said the band’s lead guitarist Tony Haan will soon be releasing his second solo record featuring all original material.

Jay Smith, on fiddle for Savannah Jack, has been with the band for 4½ years and also plays acoustic and sings. Bass player David Abdo has worked with some of the biggest names in the business and is the newest member of the group.

Gatlin also noted that Phil Potor, who brings “a lot of energy and excitement,” is the band’s drummer.

“We want to be the best show the audience has ever seen, that’s our goal every night,” Gatlin said.

The Waynesboro Community Concert Association is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that has presented world-acclaimed live entertainment to the Waynesboro area since 1936. Each year, the WCCA has featured an array of genres including Broadway, classical, folk, pop and jazz.

The remainder of the 2019-20 season includes Waking Up in America featuring pop musician Tajci on Nov. 3, Pacheco Trio on April 19 and Thomas Pandolfi on May 3. All concerts are on Sundays at 3 p.m.

Snyder said the association’s goal is to bring quality live entertainment to the community at an affordable price.

Individual tickets for the show are $25, but the season-ticket price is $55 for five live concerts.

The $25 single tickets are available at the door and online at www.waynesboropaconcerts.org. Subscriptions for the 2019-2020 season are also available for purchase for $55 both online and at the door. Students in grades K-12 will be admitted for free. Students in grades kindergarten through 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, contact info@waynesboro paconcerts.org or call 717-609-6853.

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