Rewind returns to Wine Smith

By From page B3 | March 14, 2014

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AN EVENING of high energy music is on tap at the Wine Smith for Friday, March 14 with an appearance by Rewind. Also on tap is a great selection of brews and wine by the glass. Courtesy photo

Rewind is playing at the Wine Smith, 346 Main St. in Placerville on Friday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Placerville welcomes back this high energy band for a special evening of music.

Rewind has been pleasing crowds in the foothills for years. This unique group of musicians is best known for its uncanny ability to take the audience on an exciting and entertaining musical ride, performing classic songs from a wide range of artists including: Johnny Cash, Santana, Neil Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Lynard Skynard, Freddy Fender and the Beatles.

Friday’s musical lineup will consist of saxophonist Charles Baldwin, guitarist and vocalist Dana LeBlanc, bassist Ralph Florence and special guest artist Leo “El Swing” on percussion. The percussionist has been a session musician for many years and has recorded and toured with major artists: Earth, Wind and Fire and Ricky Martin and the Miami Sound Machine.

He was voted by Billboard magazine as one of the top five percussionists in the world and brings an exciting blend of unique rhythm and beats to the band.

Band leader LeBlanc is known around the foothills as the “man of a thousand songs” and has worked with several bands throughout his career.

“I am humbled and pleased to be working with such a wonderful group of talented musicians, not just the immediate band members but the many others that come and sit in on a regular basis as well,” said LeBlanc.

LeBlanc has shared the stage with some of the best players in the area since the early ’80s.

LeBlanc said this band will, “rock your socks off. Charles is one of the best saxophonists in the area playing everything from smooth jazz to knock down the doors rock and roll. Ralph is the glue that holds the group together on bass, playing with style and finesse and Leo El Swing … Well now, this guy could have a set of bongos and a couple of spoons and would have you dancing in the street. He’s that good. He is a consummate professional. Not only does he play bongos and congas extremely well, he carries a plethora of unique rhythm instruments he introduces when you least expect it. He sings like a bird and is fun and funny to boot, so plan on being entertained.”

“I figure I’m stuck in some kind of musical time warp. I just love playing and singing music from the ’60s-’70s. There was such a renaissance of music and art at that time. Album covers chronicled a generation of change; protests of war, free love and a monumental shift in the status quo, with the underlying messages being told in the music.

“It was a very prolific time with so many musical styles around — folk, country, rock, pop, jazz, blues, alternative rock and every possible combination. I want to keep that era alive, playing with passion and high energy,” said LeBlanc.

“In the show, we try to connect people to the music of that era, playing the songs and sharing stories about the bands or the artists. I believe good music is timeless and takes us back to memories of another point in our lives.

“We want the audience to walk out of our shows knowing they had a wonderful time, contented … happier than when they arrived,” he said.

For more information about the show contact the Wine Smith at 530-622-0516.

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