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Amelia Islander

Sounds on Centre a Summer Favorite

Jul 24, 2013 02:00AM
Summer is always better with music, and Sounds on Centre is Amelia Island’s favorite summertime musical event. Held in Downtown Fernandina Beach the first Friday of each month during the summer, the Historic Fernandina Business Association brings a free concert series that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

On August 2 from 6 to 8 p.m., Sounds on Centre presents Boukou Groove, a Florida based band with a New Orleans sound. With the lively international release of their debut LP "A lil' Boukou in Your Cup" and the ability to maintain a dynamic tour schedule, Boukou Groove provides audiences with a genre-bending collective, touching on elements of New Orleans style Funk, R&B, Soul, Blues and Hip-Hop.

Formed in Destin, Fla. in 2010, Boukou Groove is the brainchild of singer/producer Donnie Sundal and New Orleans guitar luminary Derwin "Big D" Perkins. Sundal, sharing stages and recording with the likes of Sam Bush, John "JoJo" Hermann, and Junior Marvin of The Wailers, creates an infectious blend of energy and enthusiasm as he showcases his multi-octave ranging vocals while sustaining his brand of lavish Moog bass lines. Big D (Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentleman, Bonnie Raitt and Rockin' Dopsie) provides his smooth and funky guitar licks largely based on improvisation and feel alone. Together, no matter what the venue, the band provides their distinguishing style and creates a kinetic environment that's easily spread throughout the audience.

Bring a chair and your dancing shoes, and get down to the sounds of Boukou Groove. Be sure to arrive early – this concert is sure to be one of the best of the summer!