Out & About

Saturday dance and Sunday concert

If you love to dance, join in the fun during the End of Summer Dance at the Howard Community Club on Saturday.

This monthly event, sponsored by members of USA Dance Chapter 6059, opens with a class led by a chapter member who volunteers to share her expertise. This Saturday, that person is Paula East, the classically-trained, professional dancer and choreographer who co-founded the local USA Dance chapter more than 16 years ago. She will teach a 45-minute lesson of beginners’ ballroom.

“Participants will learn ‘fusion dancing,’ which includes the steps and combinations of the Swing, along with exciting Latin moves,” East said. “Afterward, one of my advanced students, Chester Gibbs, will spin all types of music, including Rumba, Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Waltz, Shag and Hustle, during the open dance social.”

East also mentioned that the chapter celebrates its anniversary in September. The special event will feature performances by the students of chapter members who have taught throughout the years.

The avid dancer stays busy teaching regular lessons at the Macon Health Club and Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and choreographing event performances around the region. Check her website paulaeast.com for dates and times.

More information about Saturday’s End of Summer Dance, which starts at 7:30 p.m., is posted on the chapter’s website, usad6059.org.

Second Sunday

The Concert Crawl is over, but the music that Bragg Jam brings us continues at the Second Sunday concert. This Sunday’s live event features Robert Lee Coleman & the Night Owls.

A familiar face around town, guitarist Robert Lee Coleman earned his music chops in blues, R&B and early rock ‘n’ roll. He played for Percy Sledge, then later traveled with James Brown as a member of “the JBs.” He is featured on Brown’s “Hot Pants” album and many other recordings.

Ben Cummings, who founded the Night Owls with Joseph Palmer and Jarvis Arline, first played with Robert Lee Coleman at the now-defunct Friend’s Bar & Grill on Hartley Bridge Road more than 15 years ago. All of them are from Macon.

When asked about the group’s history, Cummings said that it began in 2013.

“When the band that I was playing with took a break, Robert Lee mentioned that he wanted to be a part of a band and stop sitting in with different bands. It was the perfect time for us, so I formed the band in February 2014,” he said.

Today, Robert Lee Coleman & the Night Owls play all over the state — from Atlanta to Savannah. In Macon, the Second Saturday concert on Coleman Hill begins at 6 p.m. and is free.

Contact Melanie Byas at melanie@retrowarehouse.com.

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