The rollicking show band Rick K and the Allnighters will make their third appearance in Portsmouth on Friday, Sept. 30 when they perform an evening of fun and entertainment for music and dance fans at the SOMC Friends Center located at 1202 18th Street. Back by popular demand, the rock ‘n roll revue will be presented by Portsmouth Area Ladies (PALS) for their annual fundraiser.
Billed as “America’s Most Exciting Show Band”, the energetic musicians will take their audience on a high speed, cross county tour of rock ‘n roll’s greatest hits for PALS’ benefit dance to raise funds for community needs.
The event, featuring great band music and lively entertainment, is scheduled for 8 – 11 p.m. and will include refreshments, table snacks, split the pot and the raffle of a “Happy Fall Y’all” basket containing attractive prizes and gift cards. Tickets for the dance are $20 per person and may be obtained by calling (740) 858-3419. They may also be purchased at Morgan Brothers’ Jewelers, the Hilltop Café on Kinney’s Lane and the Portsmouth Welcome Center. Suggested dress for the dance is casual party attire.
Rick K and the Allnighters usually attract fans from all over southern Ohio for their performances, and everyone is welcome to join PALS supporters and local dance enthusiasts for the “good-time” event. Out-of-towners are encouraged to contact PALS President Kay Bouyack at (740) 353-8292 for directions to the SOMC Friends Center or other information if needed.
Band leader Rick K will lead the musical entertainment through the Fabulous Fifties, the 60s Explosion and the Disco Nights of the 1970s before the road trip hits high gear with a
head-on collision into the classic top forty, pop rock of the 1980s and 90s. Then the tour will head for home with mega hits of the new millennium, select cuts of today’s best music.
Rick K & the Allnighters’ 2016 tour has taken them from Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin all the way to Maryland, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio and throughout West Virginia where the band is based. In past years, they have performed on tours to Germany and Russia.
Along with Rick K, the seven-piece group features Steve Moore, known as “The Mad Drummer”; Paul Doege on bass guitar and vocals; Jimmy Hindman on lead guitar and vocals; Bob Menear on trumpet; Jeremiah Bennett on alto sax and Chuck White on tenor sax.
PALS’ officer Tami Davis has seen the band several times in Jackson where they have drawn packed houses. “The Mad Drummer” is a show in himself,” Davis said. “He’s unbelievable and people are mesmerized by his actions. “I’m excited to have the band back in Portsmouth so that other people can enjoy this entertainment.”
Drummer Steve is currently appearing in an ad for Advil, according to Davis.
Proceeds will go to support local charitable needs and nonprofit organizations that work to improve the quality of life in Portsmouth and the surrounding area. Nonprofits who have received funding help from PALS have included Scioto County food pantries, Southern Ohio Medical Center projects, the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, and Counseling Center drug and rehabilitation programs, the Portsmouth Area Arts Council, the Southern Ohio Museum’s Cirque d’Art Theatre, Portsmouth Little Theatre and many more.
In 2014 PALS provided support for the families of the 1191st Engineer Company of the Ohio National Guard when they were deployed to Afghanistan. In 2015 the group’s largest project was collaborating with the Portsmouth Bicentennial Committee to fund the painting of a
new sign on the flood wall identifying Portsmouth and welcoming river traffic and visitors to the city.
Additional information about the dance also may be obtained by contacting PALS fundraising chairwoman Debbie Morgan at (740) 858-4209.