The Beat Goes On

Carmichael, CA  |  By Susan Skinner
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The John Skinner Band. Photo courtesy Susan Skinner

Carmichael, CA (MPG) - The beat goes on. Feet keep dancing. Despite the recent death of Sacramento bandleader John Skinner, his musicians promise to maintain the Skinner tradition for family fun. A free dance – which his band hopes will become an annual tradition – is offered for all ages.

Are 40 years of performances for the Carmichael Park District, Skinner’s concerts remain a popular part of the summer concert season. Before his death, the bandleader committed to sponsor a big knees-up to unite neighborhoods. “The community that dances together advances together,” reasoned Skinner, himself an avid hoofer. His band is still working and available for gigs. Its October 15 line-up will include, rock, swing, ballads and line dances. Ballroom dancers, social shufflers and children are welcome. There will also be contests and prizes.

The first annual Carmichael Community Dance will be dedicated in John Skinner’s honor at 2 pm on Sunday October 15. La Sierra Community Center , 5325 Engle Rd., will host the event. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. For information, call (916) 485-5322.