This Weekend’s Hot Spot

Lucky Dog and The Groove at the Avalon Hotel

By Terry Pentelli

This Friday February 15th the Avalon Hotel located at 16 West 10th Street, Erie will be hosting The Valentine Rock & Soul Show in the beautiful Avalon ballroom. The Valentine Rock & Soul Show will feature two of Erie’s power party bands, The Groove and Lucky Dog, both pounding the beats and rockin’ the room for Erie’s Second Harvest Food Bank.

The entire evening of hard-hitting Rock, Funk, and Soul craziness kicks off at 7pm and will jam through the Midnight hour with raffles and the sizzlin’ sounds of smokin’ hot hits.

The Avalon Hotel and Conference Center is located in the heart of Erie. There are 180 spacious guest rooms and 12 executive suites in this 8-story deluxe hotel.

Presque Isle Ballroom can serve up to 450 guests, has just over 7500 square feet with 24-foot ceilings, with lots of space for all of your dinner, dancing and party needs.

As one of the most important parts of our community, the Second Harvest Food Bank is Northwestern Pennsylvania’s largest nonprofit food distribution organization that solicits, receives, inventories, stores and distributes food and grocery products to 403 partner organizations in 11 counties of Northwest Pennsylvania.

The counties Second Harvest serves include Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Venango and Warren. During the fiscal year of 2011-12, Second Harvest Food Bank distributed 9.4 million pounds of food to member agencies, which in turn provided food to 72,600 people.

Putting the rock in the roll, at this Friday’s event will be Erie’s most danceable, most high energy Funk and Soul band in town, The Groove.

Roy Hollis Jr., Erie’s own king of dazzle, the 2012 Rock Erie Music Award Winner for Best Male Vocalist and Five-time national Talent Quest Winner, fronts The Groove. Also in this star studded collection of musical giants, The Groove band members also include Tim Papotnik, Tony Ferrara, Paul Grenburg, and Jim Dowds.

In addition, Erie Idol winner Brittany Morton rounds out this mega talented group of supercharged musical masters that devastate every capacity audience.

The Groove lays down the smooth sounds and cranks out killer covers of hits like “Billy Jean” by Michael Jackson, “Living in America” by James Brown, “Mesmerized” by Ja Rule, “Shining Star” by Earth, Wind & Fire, “Fame” by Irene Cara, “I’m Looking for a New Love” by Jody Watley, “Ladies Night” by Kool & the Gang, “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” by Lou Rawls, along with “I’ll Be Around” by The Spinners, and of course amazing renditions of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “I Will Always Love You” both by Whitney Houston.

How you can top a night of music like that is easy, you add to the bill an all-star lineup of local musical superstars like Lucky Dog, bringing the noise and turning up the party.

Lucky Dog is fronted by the Kayti Stadler, the 2011 RockErie Music Award winner for Best Female Vocalist and an Erie Idol Winner. In addition, the band includes the phenomenal Scott Campbell on Vocals and Guitar, the incredibly talented Ron Sutton on Vocals and Drums, the extremely versatile and riveting Jack Belczyk on Vocals and Keyboard, along with one of the most devastating Bassists in Erie, Dave Sabatine, and the charismatic Mark Beery, who with a soaring and commanding voice that is both talent rich and powerful fills the Lead Male Vocalist slot, along with offering his killer finger picking skills.

Keeping you on the dance floor all night, Lucky Dog covers everything from the classics of Journey, Styx, and Pat Benatar, to the more modern sounds of Cee Lo Green, Lady Gaga and The Foo Fighters.

This evening of never ending tunes, jams and good times will have Lucky Dog opening the show and both bands alternating sets throughout the entire night for nonstop music. As a special treat, both bands will take the stage for a grand finale of this unbelievable night.

This Friday night get your groove on and get lucky at the Avalon Hotel’s Valentine Rock & Soul Show with Lucky Dog and The Groove. Tickets are $10 per person, or $15 per couple. Food and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Partial proceeds benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank.

For more information on this event, please contact the event organizers. For more information on The Groove, their show dates and booking information, please visit their Facebook page. To get upcoming show dates, booking and more information on Lucky Dog, please visit their Facebook page.