Relive ‘Drifters' at concert

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 12:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 12:14 p.m.

Enjoy a nostalgic evening listening to songs by "The Drifters," a legendary R&B/soul group that topped the charts in the 1950s and 1960s with such hits like "Under the Boardwalk" and "Up on the Roof," while helping to raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Florida.


Members of “Episode, formerly known as The Drifters” are, seated, from left, Jeff Hall, Charles Fowler and Will “Mario” Kinsey, and standing, from left, Joseph Turner and Adrian Fowler. (Special to the Guardian)



What: Episode, formerly known as The Drifters, in a benefit concert.

When: 7:30 p.m. June 22.

Where: Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall, 3000 NW 83rd St.

Tickets: $35-$75, with a $10 discount for seniors at least 60 years old.

Information: Call 352-375-2525.

All you need is a ticket to "The Drifters" featuring "Episode, formerly known as The Drifters."

The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. June 22 at Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall at 3000 NW 83rd St. Tickets, which range from $35-$75 with a $10 discount for seniors at least 60 years of age, can be purchased at the door and also online at Hartley Leacock and The Collective of Gainesville will be the group's back-up band.

"Episode" singers include Charles Fowler, baritone and tenor; Jeff Hall, tenor; Joseph Turner, baritone and tenor; Will "Mario" Kinsey, bass, and Adrian Fowler, tenor and lead singer. Kinsey lives in Gainesville, but the other members live across the U.S.

Charles Fowler was a member of "The Drifters" with Bill Pinkney, the last surviving member of the group until Pinkney's death in 2008 at the age of 84. He said Hall and Turner also were members of the group and Kinsey and Adrian Fowler sang with the group in the past, but were not members.

Because of legal issues after Pinkney's death, Fowler said the group can no longer use the name.

"‘Episode' is another episode of the same group, ‘The Drifters,'" said Fowler, adding that at the upcoming benefit show for Big Brothers Big Sisters, they will perform songs of "The Drifters."

When asked what he thinks people coming to the show may experience, Fowler said, "I'm looking for nostalgia and the realization that this music stands the test of time and it's everlasting.

Ada Del Gais, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, said Big Brothers Big Sisters provides mentorship services to children in six counties, including Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Gilcrist, Levy and Marion counties. Children are ages 6 to 18 years old or until they graduate from high school.

"We have proven success nurturing positive relationships with children and volunteers," said Del Gais, adding that there are 200 children matched with volunteers and 255 on a waiting list. "The biggest demand is for mentors," said Del Gais.

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