Summer series at The Arts Center full of good tunes

As one who zealously followed, on radio and recordings and at concerts, the course of pop music in the 1960s, I was gratified to learn this past Saturday evening at the Randolph County Community Arts Center that the culturally rich decade is still with us.

On the bandstand for a splendid tribute to the 1960s was a world-class sextet: Rachel Franks, vocals; Dennis McClung, guitar and vocals; Randy Franklin, keyboards; Chris McGraw, bass guitar; Kyle Andrews, drums; and guitarist, singer and series organizer Seth Maynard.

The musical program featured tunes by Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Cream, Booker T and the MG’s, Procol Harum and Simon & Garfunkel, as well as George Harrison’s “Something” and Joe Zawinul’s “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” a jazz and soul classic. The evening closed with a roaring rendition of Eric Clapton’s take on 1930s blues legend Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads.”

For the past several years, thanks to Arts Center Executive Director Kurt Barkley and his staff, numerous volunteers and the generous support of Colonial Motors, Propst Realty, Elkins Auto, Citizens Bank and other sponsors, Elkins-area music lovers have enjoyed monthly nightclub outings featuring essential genres of American popular music.

The ’60s Summer Series continues with an evening devoted to Motown Aug. 18.


Author of the trilogy of novels Backwards Over and Growing Up With Jazz: Twenty-Four Musicians Talk About Their Lives and Careers.