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Shaded Soul To Kick Off Concert Series

Shaded Soul is a band that is no stranger to the Riverfront Music Festival in Glastonbury, having played several times, including last in 2014, and will be returning to Riverfront Park on July 5.

Renee Prescott is celebrating the 33rd anniversary of forming the band.

"I can't believe it," she said. "It's been a long time."

Although the lineup has changed some over the years, Shaded Soul has stayed true to what it does best – playing high-energy rock, pop, and Motown that gets people dancing and partying.

A sought-after wedding band, Shaded Soul recently earned the 2017 Best of Weddings award for The Knot magazine, as well as the 2017 Couple's Choice Award for Wedding Wire. The band also won a Hartford Magazine award in 2016.

The current lineup includes Adrienne Uchenna, Brian Meyers, and Christina Billings as lead vocalists, Michael Spellman on drums, Tom Perrone on guitar, Anthony Masi on sax and flute, and Prescott on keyboards and leading the band. Bob Turek is filling on on bass for an injured McAuthor Jackson.

Prescott said the band has a very busy summer, including gigs at Evergreen Walk in South Windsor, the New London Sailfest, and the West Haven Concert Series. They will also be playing the Pink Party – a breast cancer awareness event in West Hartford on Oct. 5. They are also starting to book holiday parties. She said she's looking forward to Glastonbury, because of the great crowd support they get here.

"It's one of our favorite events," she said. "Everyone is so receptive to the band there. I love it when people come up and dance."

Always updating the playlist, Shaded Soul includes some current hits, including songs by Rhianna, Bruno Mars, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban.

The free concert will take place July 5, at 7 p.m. Free parking and shuttle service is available from 180/200 Glastonbury Blvd. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own picnic or enjoy dinner from a variety of food vendors that will be on site.

For more information, visit www.shadedsoulband.com or www.crvchamber.org.

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