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Leroy Ellington is Bringing the Funk to Devou Park This Thursday

Leroy Ellington and his E-Funk Band will bring their mix of R&B, funk and soul, pop, rock, blues and standards to the [email protected] stage in Devou Park on Thursday, July 16 at 7 p.m.

One of the area's most popular party bands for the last two decades, Ellington and his dynamic eight-piece band will get your whole gang up on their feet dancing. Ellington founded the group in the early 1990s after touring as a sax player with the Doo Wop group Richie and the Students, then with Stacy Mitchhart's Blues U Can Use. Today, they have a loyal following for their versatility, serving up anything from cocktail jazz to pure funk.

The [email protected]: Big Blues concert takes place under the stars in BCM's beautiful outdoor amphitheater at 1600 Montague Road-Devou Park in Covington. In the event of rain, the performance moves indoors. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the performance from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12. BCM members admitted free with a paying guest. Adult beverages will be available for purchase; Behringer Crawford members will receive one free drink ticket. Concertgoers also can purchase great food from Colonial Cottage and support local youth and community organizations in the process

The next [email protected] concert, featuring local legend Tim Goshern, takes place Thursday, July 23. The music continues each Thursday evening through August 20, when a bonus concert starring bandleader, keyboardist, song stylist and "Goddess of the Blues" Cheryl Renee will wrap up the 2015 series.

[email protected]'s 2015 sponsors include Ashley Development, Colonial Cottage, Ersatz & Moot Point Railway Company and the Alumni of WNOP Jazz, Ruth Faragher and Family, Hatfield Insurance Agency & Grange Insurance, KW Mechanical, Lucarelli Tactical Group, Reality Tuesday Café and media sponsors WVXU, WGUC and WMUB.

For more information about [email protected], call 859-491-4003, email [email protected] or visit www.bcmuseum.org.

Staff report/Photo: Leroy Ellington (via Facebook)