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Music :: Misc
Raise the Roof Dance
6:00 PM
Bozeman Senior Center
After playing gospel music together for many years, Raise the Roof jammed for several dance events, and dancers found their music irresistible. The eight-member band’s experience playing together as a group, their impressive talent, passion for music, and delight in watching people dance, inspires them to play a variety of musical genres, including country rock, rhythm and blues, reggae, gospel and soul. They also throw some funk and rockabilly into the mix. Al Frank, visiting from Phoenix and present at one of their gigs, remarked “Dancing to this band was so much fun! I’ve never seen a dance floor so packed and energized!”

Daniel Hartzheim on keys is at the musical heart of the band. Having played in many bands and having attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston, he plays just about any genre of music seamlessly. Sarah Baker and Kody VanDyke have decades of vocal experience in bands and theater, weaving sweet harmonies together. Sam Haugestuen has played in a variety of Montana bands, laying down really nice guitar solos. Chelsea Hunt is one of Bozeman’s most popular musicians, playing fiddle with several local groups delivering diverse musical genres. Doug Whitmer has played drums with many Montana bands and artists, including the highly popular John Bohlinger, band leader/music director for NBC's program Nashville Star. April Kreis on bass and Paul Larson on guitar complete the rhythm section, both having played in several bands, and deliver crisp beats that keep dancers hopping.

Serious dancers appreciate that Raise the Roof’s music allows a wide variety of dance forms, including swing, jitterbug, Latin, country two-step, foxtrot and waltz, while always pleasing the basic party “get-up-and boogie” dancers. Raise the Roof even offers dance instruction as well as callers for line, square, or contra dancing.

The band’s repertoire includes classics by such artists as Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, and Bonnie Raitt, along with recently released songs by Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and many others. And, to appeal to everyone, the band plays a nice mix of upbeat and slow dance numbers.
Age Group: All Ages
Venue: Bozeman Senior Center
Address: 807 N Tracy Ave Bozeman, Montana 59715
Phone: (406) 586-2421

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