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Scott Turner as the “Band of One” This Friday, July 28 at the Deane Center
Photo by John Eaton
Scott Turner (shown) will perform as the Band of One on the Deane Center’s outdoor stage. He will sing and play harmonica, guitar and, using a rocker technique with each foot, cymbals and drums.
At 6 p.m. this Friday, July 28, the free outdoor summer concert series will feature Wellsboro native Scott Turner singing and playing drums, cymbals, guitar and harmonica as the “Band of One” on the outdoor stage at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. He will perform rock and country music classics, along with his original songs. The outdoor stage is located on the Central Avenue side of the building.
If weather becomes an issue, this free concert will be moved into the Coolidge Theatre. Donations are always appreciated.
In February, Turner released his newest album, “Magic Phone.” Among the songs on it are “Friends” that he wrote when he was 15 years old and two others that he featured in recent music videos. “Party” is an upbeat rock tune, and “Black and White Sweater” is a story of love and lust sprinkled with island music influences such as steel drums that turn rock and reggae into a jazzy feel. “I wrote, recorded and produced all the music on this album and, in the tradition of the one-man band, played all the instruments, including the acoustic guitar,” he said.
Born and raised in Wellsboro, Turner has been providing music to the community for decades. “I really love playing at the Deane Center. I’m looking forward to seeing all my hometown folks out enjoying the summer and the music,” he said.
“Anyone that’s ever played in a band knows how difficult it is to keep it going. With the clash of personalities and personal goals, something inevitably goes wrong,” said Turner.
“I was inspired to develop my one-man band setup 16 years ago in 2007. By then, I had already been playing guitar and harmonica and singing professionally for 30 years.
“For almost as long, I had been recording and producing music quite often playing many of the instruments on the recordings myself, which is why I could visualize playing drums, cymbals, guitar, and harmonica at the same time,” he said.
“I modified some basic drum hardware and also custom designed a couple of special pieces so I could use a rocker technique to play separate drums and cymbals with each foot.”
For more information, videos, music and merchandise, visit ScottTurnerMusic.com or follow him on Facebook.
The Deane Center’s 2023 summer outdoor series is being held thanks to the support and generosity of the Wellsboro Community Concert Association and Ward Manufacturing.
Other free outdoor summer series concerts coming up on Fridays at 6 p.m. are: Drowsy Maggie on Aug 4; Autumn Sun on Aug. 11; Sweats on Aug. 18; Houston Baker on Aug. 25 and Joe Stanky & The Cadets on Sept. 1.
Audience members are welcome to bring lawn chairs and sit on the grassy area in front of the outdoor stage or on Central Avenue, which will be closed to traffic between Main Street and the Warehouse Theatre from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Writing: Diane Eaton