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Banks & Shane to kick off Concerts by the Springs
by Bobby Tedder
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Banks & Shane: (Front from L) Jim Durand, Banks Burgess, Paul Shane and Chuck Shane. (Back from L), Jeff Pittman on keyboard and Dennis Law on drums
John Delves/Special Banks & Shane: (Front from L) Jim Durand, Banks Burgess, Paul Shane and Chuck Shane. (Back from L), Jeff Pittman on keyboard and Dennis Law on drums
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As the band chosen to open the 2014 Concerts by the Springs, Banks & Shane is looking to kick up enough dust to make it the toughest act to follow in the series.

The band will take the stage Sunday at Heritage Green to begin the 18th season of the outdoor performances sponsored by Heritage Sandy Springs.

To let band members tell it, there will be no strangers on the premises.

“It is somewhat like coming home for us,” said banjo player/guitarist Banks Burgess. “We see a lot of old friends when we play Heritage … which is just a great venue, a wonderful place to watch a show and to play a show.” Through a dozen recorded albums and decades of gigs around the country and abroad, the five-man group continues to be quite a draw. Chalk that up to its track record of live performances.

“A Banks & Shane show is a little bit of everything — from bluegrass to beach music … to rock n’ roll to country to Americana and back again,” Burgess said. “It is down-home fun.”

The outfit’s local ties run deep. Burgess and band co-founder and trombone player/guitarist Paul Shane owned a supper club bearing their names in Sandy Springs in the 1980s.

Rounding out the group are Chuck Shane (drums/bass), Jim Durand (electric and acoustic guitar) and Dennis Law (drums).

Organizers said they see them as a fitting bunch to ignite the spring and summertime concert series.

“Banks & Shane is a high-energy, hard-kicking band that has audiences around the world dancing in the aisles to popular favorites and reminiscing with memorable ballads,” said Rebekah Henry Murphy, Heritage’s special events director.

As has been true of the series since its inception, Banks & Shane is part of a roster of musical acts assembled by Heritage.

Burgess said attendees will be in for quite the experience Sunday evening. “We don’t have a set list — we just do what we can to relate to the crowd and pick our songs accordingly,” he said. “We joke with the audience and with ourselves, and, over the years, we have been fortunate to convey to our crowds that we are having as much fun as anyone at the show.”

A limited number of tables with seating for six are available for purchase. Concert goers are encouraged to arrive early and picnic. Gates open at 5 p.m.

IF YOU GO:

o What: Concerts by the Springs

o When: Sunday, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

o Where: Heritage Green, Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn

o Tickets: free for general admission seating

o Information: www.heritagesandysprings.org
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