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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 Music@BCM 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 Music@BCM: 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 Music@BCM 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.

Music@BCM'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 Music@BCM, call 859-491-4003, email info@bcmuseum.org or visit www.bcmuseum.org.

Staff report/Photo: Leroy Ellington (via Facebook)